Derek Leeds

I'm Derek Leeds

Project Manager | Leader | Solutions Architect

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With over 20 years of leadership experience, I excel in strategic analysis, operations, project, and change management. Skilled in fostering high-performance teams and achieving operational excellence through process refinement. My success hinges on prioritizing people, metrics, compliance, and continuous improvement. Proficient in setting ambitious goals, providing constructive feedback, identifying opportunities, and engaging stakeholders at all levels to drive impactful results.

Work Experience

2024 - Present

Go Local Interactive

Project Manager - Web

  • Manage the scope and objective of all web projects from conception to launch, involving relevant stakeholders, subject-matter experts, and resources, examining and recommending changes to current practices, and developing and writing proposals or contracts.
  • Establish and communicate tasks, milestone dates, status, and resource allocation to meet deliverables on-time and within budget.
  • Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify obstacles, and report and escalate to leadership as needed.
2018 - 2023

Thrutchley Inc

Operations Manager

  • Managed financials, maintained payroll, and supported sales systems.
  • Developed websites, systems, and automated processes.
  • Developed forecasts and budgets for monthly and annual reporting.
  • Successfully managed business venture disposition and asset transfer.
2014 - 2017

EiKO Global

Product Manager

  • Conducted product life-cycle management for a portfolio of over 300 automotive lighting products.
  • Introduced 30 new LED lighting products to the B2B and B2C automotive marketplace.
  • Analyzed marketplace and competitive position and pricing contributing to lower warehousing requirements and a more focused and competitive product offering.
2012 - 2014

EiKO Global

Marketing Coordinator

  • Documented and refined departmental processes to ensure quality control and efficiency.
  • Coordinated marketing efforts across direct mail, web, video, and print media.
  • Built and deployed marketing websites using multiple content management systems.
2011 - 2012

Drive Digital Media

Project Manager

  • Managed eight corporate websites through third-party content management systems.
  • Supported executive and sales staff with regular and periodic reporting and analytics.
  • Executed project management and product development from conception through implementation.

Military Experience

2022 - Present

BN Commander

BDE Executive Officer

BDE OPS Officer

Kansas Army National Guard


Theater Security Cooperation Lead

U.S. Army Central Command
TF Redleg

2018 - 2020

BN OPS Officer

Kansas Army National Guard

2017 - 2018

DIV Training Officer

U.S. Army Central Command
TF Spartan

2010 - 2017


BDE Assistant OPS Officer

BN Assistant OPS Officer

BTRY Commander

BN Logistics Officer

Kansas Army National Guard

2009 - 2010

Company Executive Officer

U.S. Army Central Command
Multinational Force & Observers

2008 - 2009

BTRY OPS Officer

Kansas Army National Guard

2006 - 2008

Platoon Leader

Kansas Army National Guard


2016 - Present

Digital Communications Officer

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Sigma Nu KSU Alumni

2013 - 2022

Web Developer

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Shannon Valley Homeowners' Association


2018 - 2021

Strategic Studies

U.S. Army Command and General Staff College - Fort Leavenworth, KS

2015 - 2019

Master of Business Administration

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Baker University - Overland Park, KS

2001 - 2006

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

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Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS


  • I've had the chance to work side-by-side with Derek and was always the go to guy for information and training. Derek could handle multiple positions with ease- whether it being, Technical, Networking, System Configurations etc. Derek easily had his hand in everything regarding the company and was very resourceful.

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  • Derek Leeds has been a tremendous help with our website, newsletter, and all digital promotions. I would highly recommend if you need a top notch web developer and specialist with the website to hire Derek! He has met all the challenges and has made our website run smoothly.

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    John Riester retrofit MAGAZINE, PUBLISHER/OWNER
  • Derek is a gifted, detail oriented project manager with a strong aptitude for technology. His ability to drive multiple initiatives and the skilled manner with which he communicates complex tasks through easy to follow diagrams make him an indispensable part of the Drive team.

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    Jasper Mullarney ADREVIO, FOUNDER
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