Derek started his career with Valero Energy, working on improving refinery day-to-day operations through plant troubleshooting, operational support, training and mentoring, and capital project investment. Derek transitioned to Becht Engineering, a family business, in 2015 to develop the Process Engineering & Process Safety division. In 2017, Derek became Vice President, Maintenance and Projects with oversight of the Turnaround, Capital Projects, Heavy Lift, Mechanical Integrity, Inspection Planning, and Advisor Resources Divisions. Derek is a Professional Engineer (PE), holds a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Rowan University and received a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Indiana University.