It is with great enthusiasm that I extend a warm welcome to Derek Sullivan as he joins our team here at Forest Lawn East Cemetery. Derek's wealth of experience in both the hospitality and real estate sectors promises to bring a new dimension of expertise to our already exceptional team. Derek's journey began in Syracuse, NY, Go Orange! He embarked on his educational path at the University of Buffalo, earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics while also leaving his mark on the club volleyball scene. His dedication and commitment to learning are evident in his accomplishments, including his real estate license and his role as the Broker in Charge of his own firm in the Carolinas. With a remarkable career spanning 37 years in the hospitality industry, Derek has honed his skills as a stellar communicator. His interactions with individuals from diverse backgrounds have undoubtedly shaped his ability to connect and collaborate effectively. Away from the professional sphere, Derek finds his grounding in his cherished family. His wife, Dawn, and their children, Hannah and Logan, provide a constant source of support and joy. When they are together, whether it's hiking, beach trips, or simply spending quality time together, it is the family time that means the most. Derek's commitment to the community shines through his involvement with various charitable organizations. His dedication to causes such as Samaritan's Feet, Red Cross, and Hearts for the Homeless - a local initiative in Charlotte close to his heart - underscores his values and his desire to make a positive impact in people's lives.