Derek joined Lafrance Hospitality in January 2017. He brings with him over twenty-five years’ worth of hospitality management experience, from overseeing conference centers to operating full and limited service properties. As Regional Director of Hotel Operations, Derek acts as liaison to the hotel chain corporate entities to ensure conformance with franchise requirements and provides support to hotel General Managers in recruiting and developing staff. He also provides support by mentoring, coaching, counseling, building and evaluating hotel team performance. Derek earned his Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University.