Derek Young

Derek  Young
Position
Chair
Employer
Sawyer Paddles & Oars
Location
Lakeside, Montana

Derek Young is a strategic leader and team builder who is as effective behind a desk as he is in the great outdoors, working with executives and entrepreneurs to grow their personal and professional brands.

After spending nearly two decades working in Operations, Customer Service, Logistics, Leadership Development and Communications for Fortune 50 organizations as well as startups and nonprofits, Derek finds inspiration in leading successful teams, building consensus, and believes that fostering personal relationships is paramount. Derek was recognized by his peers with the Orvis Guide Of The Year Award in 2011, and founded the Yakima River Headwaters Trout Unlimited Chapter in Washington State.

Derek has testified in support of conservation issues affecting endangered species and critical landscapes, including print and television broadcast appearances. In addition to his extensive experiences in the outdoor industry and corporate world, Derek is a father of two and has been married to Annie for 25 years.

Derek holds a BA in Communications and an MA in Organization Management.