"Derek was a highly effective project manager, public process coordinator, and creative talent during the effort to create a new brand/logo/tagline for the City of Covington, Washington. He organized public workshops, conducted research, and synthesized data from a variety of sources. He developed a tagline that was spot-on and inspired the logo the city ultimately selected. I'd encourage any organization that's looking into branding -- especially a public-sector organization -- to talk to Derek."
Derek Matheson, Chief Administrative Officer at City of Kent
"Derek Gillette is an inspired presenter and brand strategist. He engaged the member marketers at a Northwest Credit Union Association conference on the topic of "branding on budget." Not only did he bring some out-of-industry thought to the table, his speaking style resulted in a strong, interactive session. In all conversations, Derek is sharing actionable ideas and for that reason brings a lot of value.."
Lynn Heider, VP Communications & Public Relations at Northwest Credit Union
“Of all the people I've ever worked with, there is not a person I trust more. His knack for balancing both creative and strategic thought is unparalleled, and the best part is that he would never parade that around. He values people, progress, and purpose in a way I've never seen - a way that challenges me to want to grow in those areas at every possible opportunity. If you're looking for someone to not just bring talent to your team, but to bring value, insight and a refreshing dose of human decency: look no further. “
Justin Bronson, Founder & Strategist at Brand Name Soul Narrative
"Derek taught me a lot about the creative process, and was so orderly and thoughtful about the whole process, from ideation and brainstorming to editorial. I always knew what to work on and when, and Derek made great use of organizational tools to make sure I was always in the loop. He also focused on relational elements that helped me stay focused on the goals of the publication, such as including me in comments and response loops from readers.
Working with Derek was undoubtedly one of the best experiences I've ever had as a content contractor. His integrity, creativity, and follow-through made the experience positive, but his clear sense of direction and care for his fellow workers made it a highly singular one that I refer to often as an example of how things really could be done to make the world a better place."
Jana Gering, Content and Creative Director
"Derek takes great care to focus on the inspirational qualities of a brand. The deeper meaning behind an organization or product matters a lot to him, and it shows."
Laura Adrian Converse, Co-founder at Overthink Group
"Derek is a supervisor who shows true concern for his employees.He consistently expects the best from his employees, while still empowering them with the tools to exceed those expectations. He is a strong and visionary leader and would be a great fit in any organization.”
Andrew Szymas, Salesforce Administrator at 98point6 Inc.
"In a word genuine, there isn’t another Derek Gillette. With a lightning-fast wit and the ability to cunningly craft customer-focused content, Derek will break an idea down to its essence before building his irresistibly compelling concepts."
Daniel Ramer, Senior Graphic Designer at Pushpay
"Derek is one the most skilled relationship-builders I know. He can recognize your brand's aspirations and then connect you with influencers who share them. He builds great genuine one-to-many relationships (ask him about his email CTR). Besides that, he's a a super friendly person to work with."
Jeffrey Kranz, Co-founder at Overthink Group