Derek has provided financial advisory services to companies and business owners since 2001. He currently leads the firm’s Valuations Practice in the Central region and works with a variety of private and public companies, investment funds, individuals, and families on issues related to raising capital, M&A, stock issuance, complex financial instruments, tax and succession planning, and litigation and shareholder disputes.

Derek has advised over 150 wineries on a variety of transaction and consulting projects in his career. In previous roles, Derek was an investment banker and wine brand owner.

External Publications

  • "Preparing for a Liquidity Event in a Rapidly Changing Craft Beer Market" (Craft Brewing Business, November 2018)
  • "409A Valuations and Why They Are Important" (Digital Colorado, June 2017)
  • "Now is the Time to Sell Your Beverage Business" (Hein & Associates, January 2017)

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Food & Beverage Value Enhancement & Transaction Readiness
    (Webinar, August 2022)
  • Craft Beer Business Leader Roundtable
    (California Craft Brewers Association Spring Conference, April 2022)
  • Business Valuation, Succession, and Estate Planning
    (Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology VinCo Conference, February 2022)
  • Vineyard and Winery Accounting, Tax, and Valuation Issues
    (Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association Grape Camp, November 2021)
  • Valuing Beverage Alcohol Companies
    (ASA Denver Chapter, September 2021)
  • Going Concern, Valuation, and Impairment
    (Rocky Mountain Accounting Conference, November 2020)
  • Valuing Wineries is Easy – Just Ask My Empty Glass!
    (Houston ASA Chapter, October 2020)
  • What Happens if Things Go Sideways
    (Used Brewery Equipment, July 2020)
  • Decision Making During Adversity – Pathways to Pivot
    (Colorado Brewers Guild, March 2020)
  • Maximizing Exit Opportunities
    (New Mexico Wine Education Conference, February 2020)

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Member, Wine League
  • Member, American Society of Appraisers, Denver Chapter
  • Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Member, Brewers Association


  • BA, business economics, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Certificate, leadership and management, University of California, Berkeley

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