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2018 Break Out Awards, West: Derek Crumpler

2018 Break Out Awards, West: Derek Crumpler


Managing director

Burns & Wilcox


Age: 33

Derek Crumpler began his career at Burns & Wilcox, a unit of H.W. Kaufman Group Inc., following his graduation from East Carolina University in 2009. During the next eight years, he worked in offices throughout the company, including North Carolina, New Orleans and Denver. He became one of the youngest managing directors in the company’s history at age 30, overseeing the Denver office.

Advice to someone starting in the business

Early on in your career, I think it is very important to realize that you are human and you have faults. Identify your strengths and weaknesses, and then work to build a network of people around you that can excel in areas where you may be weak.

Something people don’t know about you

I have a passion for woodworking and carpentry. It’s something I learned from spending summers with my late grandfather and was later passed down to me by my father. Both were admittedly much more talented than me, but it’s something I’m continuing to learn.

Hobbies and interests

I love to stay active. I snowboard, hike, camp and play in a variety of sports leagues around Denver. I mentor a Little Brother through the Colorado Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program. I am a diehard Carolina Panthers fan and lead our local chapter of the Roaring Riot fan club. Lately, I’ve been spending most of my free time exploring the walking and hiking trails with my 5-month-old Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain/poodle) puppy, Luke.

Dream vacation

I’m a pretty simple guy who can be satisfied on a beach or waking up in a tent in the middle of nowhere. If you truly want me to dream of one, then I would say space travel. With technology advancements, between Elon Musk and Richard Branson, I’d like to think that could be a vacation spot in the future.

Favorite meal



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