Known for bringing a “natural curiosity” to everything he does, Derek Lee is masterful at identifying opportunities to connect people with solutions. Having spent the greater part of his professional career as the owner of a marketing agency serving both local businesses and national brands, he joins Compass ready to apply his skills, background, and experiences in new and exciting ways that will ultimately help his clients find their place in the world.
Derek grew up in Northeast Ohio - a place often referred to as the “snow belt”. And after spending a week at his best friend’s home in West Palm Beach, he fell in love with South Florida. A few years later, Fort Lauderdale became his home. In 2001, his career as a Property Manager took him to Philadelphia where he managed 10m square feet of mixed-use space for one of the largest healthcare networks in Eastern Pennsylvania. After several years, he realized he missed the warm weather and the South Florida lifestyle, so he moved back to start his marketing agency that initially focused on marketing and lead generation for real estate professionals leveraging the then-budding social media platforms that have become staples today.
Derek is also very passionate about helping people and serves on the GLBX Board and the Cultural Arts Committee for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce as well as supports multiple charities in the area including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Covenant House, Broward House, The Poverello Center and Kakes 4 Kids, Good Karma Pet Rescue and Shih Tzu Rescue of Davie. He is active in several local Chambers of Commerce and is a graduate of Leadership Fort Lauderdale Class 23.
At Compass, Derek works with Team JK, one of the top five largest real estate teams in the region. Team JK specializes in residential family homes with ocean access and commercial office space while offering over 100 years of cumulative experience and an ongoing commitment to providing an elevated level of personal service. “My mantra is ‘listen more, talk less’ so my ability to solve problems and identify hidden opportunities is laser sharp.”
Outside of real estate, Derek is an avid runner, a voracious reader, a seasoned traveler, huge Star Wars fan and he loves to watch movies at home with his husband and their two adorable dogs, Jayden and Pascal.