Formerly our CFO and VP of Operations, Derek Humbard just added a few more letters to his title:  COO + CFO — now, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Long known for his cool and collected demeanor and thoughtful leadership, Derek’s promotion is well-earned, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the news!

When Derek joined Portland Internetworks as Controller in 2016, we struck the jackpot. He’s a finance and operations ace, but a jack of all trades, and in the nearly eight years since he walked through our doors for the first time, he’s made a profound impact at Portland Internetworks.

Derek brings the heat with his spreadsheets and expert financial analysis, but he’s more than just a numbers guy. In his career, Derek’s done a little bit of everything: from sales and marketing to strategy and operations. He holds a BS in Accounting from Indiana University, an MBA from University of San Diego, and boasts decades of experience across industries, from public accounting to a Fortune 500 company, to startup, to an award-winning real estate development firm.

“I really like the ten-thousand-foot view of a business that accounting gives you, and over the years, my interest has expanded to more than just accounting,” he reflects.

Since day one, Derek has brought his A-game, shaping and implementing our financial strategy, leading our administrative team, and cooking up clever ways to care for our employees, clients, and community. During his tenure at PDX, he’s worked his way up the ranks as he’s taken on more responsibilities, including overseeing our service operations and account management. Every step of the way, Derek has met each new opportunity head-on, with grit and aplomb. And, he’s ready to hit the ground running in his new role.

“I was made for this! As COO, I tackle a diverse range of responsibilities that span the entire spectrum of the company’s operations, from overseeing day-to-day activities to providing strategic guidance and leadership across various departments. This aligns perfectly with my career journey, where each experience has uniquely prepared me for this opportunity.”

While Derek knows business, he’s not all business. On the weekends, you can catch him at the local park, coaching tee ball or picnicking with his family. Derek’s a father, a foodie, and a true beer aficionado. When he’s not poring over spreadsheets, he’s pouring up a pint — something craft, local, and hoppy — and rooting for the Timbers or Arsenal, his two favorite teams.

If there’s such a thing as a professional soulmate, Derek is ours. He nerds out over Star Wars and home brewing just as much as he does the latest technology and operational efficiencies.

Derek shows up and lives our values each day. He’s the type of person you can depend on both as a leader and a friend. He leads with empathy and enthusiasm and brings exceptional business acumen that’s tough to top — qualities that make him the perfect person to lead our operations and help drive the company vision.

Congratulations, Derek! Today, we raise a glass to you! (Draft, of course.)