Derek was born in Honolulu and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii with three siblings. His father was a finance manager and his mother was a personal banker. After graduating from Castle High School, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He holds the Certified Financial Planner designation (CFP®) from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
Derek has resided in Nevada since 2000 and owns the Uehara Financial Group, LLC, which provides financial planning and investment services to individuals, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with a Fortune 50 company.
As a community leader, Derek’s involvements include serving as a high school mentor with the Henderson Chamber of Commerce’s “I CAN BE Program,” as a mentor at the Clark County School District Summer Business Institute, as President of the Nevada Small Business Council, and as a Board Member of both the Water Street District Business Association & the University of Hawaii Alumni Association. He previously served as a Board Member of the Summerlin North Community Association. He is a member of Leadership Las Vegas, Class of 2005, and a recipient of the International President’s Award for Humanitarian Service from Lions Clubs International.
In 2015, Derek was a candidate for the Henderson City Council and received endorsements from the Las Vegas Review Journal, the Henderson Chamber of Commerce’s IMPAC, and The Vegas Voice. In 2016, Derek served as a member of the Donald J. Trump Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Committee.
Derek is married with one son and two dogs. He is an enthusiastic hiker and has summitted Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the Continental US. He is also an avid reader and an amateur foodie.