Derek Smith has lived in Parma most of his life. He graduated from St. Ignatius in 2001. In 2005 he graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Business degree in Finance and Economics. After graduating college, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and became a business consultant. He worked with many small to medium sized businesses in Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona. He moved back to Cleveland in 2010 and started a business consulting firm. In 2013 Derek became a licensed Real Estate agent specializing in Commercial & Residential Auctions. Derek earned his law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 2018. Derek is a member of the Parma Bar Association, Parma Chamber of Commerce, and National Association of Realtors.