Darrell worked with his father from the time he was 13. Even while he pursued other career paths,
Darrell continued to work with Derks Formals and Menswear. That made for a very busy young man.
Darrell received a degree in Business Administration from Okanagan College. He managed Shop International for Woodwards in Edmonton for two years. Darrell's exceptional eye and love of photography led him to freelance as a photographer from the time he was 21. In 1981 he opened his own photography studio, which he kept alive until 1995.
Darrell purchased Derks Formals and Menswear from his father in 1989 and his vision has taken the company to new heights. He has expanded the operation to a total of three locations- two in Edmonton and one in Calgary. Darrell has also broadened the vision of what Derks, the organization, is and does. Derks has expanded its initial exclusive focus on clothing, to include going back to the roots and help make tailored uniforms for people all across this nation. In its three storefront locations, Derks continues to build a reputation of dressing ladies and gentlemen for their special occasions in life .
Away from the office, Darrell is known to be no just a music lover but an experienced audiophile. He still enjoys photography and his work can been seen in a variety of Derks publication and collateral materials. Darrell studies and collects art and also enjoys travelling with his family.