We had the good fortune of connecting with Derrick Polder and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Derrick, what makes you happy? Why?
Growth. Pushing not only myself to build new skills and take on new challenges but also encouraging those in my life to do the same. I feel such joy when people become a greater version of themselves.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When people ask what I do – I tell them I am in 4 corners of real estate. My 9- 5 is as a loan officer helping families achieve the dream of home-ownership. Over the last 10 years I have been blessed to lead a team that is consistently in the top 100 LO’s among 500k+ in the US and ranked in the top 5 in our state. This is because we strive to be experts; communicative, positive, solution oriented, focused on client goals, and excellent in execution. I believe these core values carry our results. As for the other details in my professional life – that complement the above role. I own a real estate school that teaches agents continuing education. One day a week is spent coaching the top 1% of professionals in my industry via a consulting company that specializes in creating financial freedom. Lastly, my experience in finance has provided me with the opportunity to create my own real estate development and holding company. All of this combined has given me unique perspective of real estate overall and my favorite part of this is the ability to impact so many people -whether is it creating jobs, growing skills in people, or helping people create wealth via business or through homeownership.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Tucson is one of the first cities in the US to be recognized as an International City of Gastronomy. We have so many cool, local, and unique food spots. I would take them out to hit some of these spots you cannot find anywhere else. Another great thing about our city is the weather and outdoors – we would go on a hike followed by a drink down town or on 4th ave which is eclectic to say the least. Lastly, if they were here during the winter we would go snowboarding at Mt. Lemon. In fact, if it was winter I would re-arrange the order. Where else in the world can you snow board in the morning and then enjoy 70 degree sunshine on your face mid afternoon all in the same day while sitting on a patio of the oldest family owned Mexican restaurant in America?

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shoutout my parents. My mother taught me to care for people and take risks. My father taught me to work hard and have a hunger for learning. I’d also like to recognize Rick Ruby and Todd Scrima – these two have taught me the game of business and the management of money and how to use both to improve lives and impact my community.

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