About The Derk Group
Drawing upon research and experience
The Derk Group utilizes a team of professionals to ensure the smooth and timely completion of all projects. With roughly eighteen years of experience, we pride ourselves in our ability to present the highest quality Commercial Real Estate and Finance to our clients. Working with nationwide lenders allows us to expand our geographic market and appeal to each client.
Michael Derk’s Personal Bio
Michael Derk joined the Long Beach office of Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation (MMCC) in December 2002 and moved to the Newport Beach office in August 2015. As a Senior Managing Director, Capital Markets with MMCC, Mr. Derk is responsible for securing commercial debt and equity financing for an array of property types including multifamily, office and industrial, retail, seniors housing and hospitality. He is well connected with national, regional and local funding sources including, but not limited to, agency lenders (e.g. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac), commercial banks, CMBS lenders, life insurance companies, private and public funds and bridge lenders.
Mr. Derk has 18 years of commercial real estate finance experience and has closed more than $2 billion in transactions. He specializes in structuring multifamily, retail and industrial products as well as other special purpose properties. During his career with MMCC, Mr. Derk has been honored with the firm’s National Achievement Award every year since 2005. He was also featured in Southern California Real Estate Magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2004 and 2010. Mr. Derk achieved the highest revenue of all MMCC loan originators in 2004 through 2006, 2008 and 2009. Most recently published in Real Estate Form’s “Rainmakers” article, Mr. Derk was recognized as the 14th largest loan originator in the country (April 2016 Issue).
A New York native, Mr. Derk is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance. After moving to the West Coast, he continued his studies earning a master’s degree in real estate from the University of California, Los Angeles and studied abroad at Oxford University in England. Mr. Derk holds a sales license from the California Department of Real Estate and is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).
Vice President Capital Markets
Nicholas Gray joined the firm in the summer of 2011. He is responsible for vetting transactions up front and is an expert in loan underwriting. Nicholas graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Real Estate Finance. While at USC, Nick was a member of the Men’s Water Polo National Championship Team. Nick heads the Capital Markets in the Las Vegas office.
Daizy joined Marcus & Millichap in 2002 after graduating from the University of California San Diego. She partnered with an apartment specialist in Long Beach California focusing on the sale of multifamily apartment buildings. In 2004 she moved to New York City and partnered with the Marcus & Millichap’s top producing agent focusing on single tenant net leased assets. During their 10+ year partnership, they averaged 100+ transactions annually and successfully completed over $1 billion dollars in real estate investment sales. In 2016 Daizy returned to California and joined Michael Derk and his finance team as Production Coordinator.
Senior Loan Analyst
Zack joined The Derk Group in 2015 as a Loan Analyst. He is responsible for underwriting properties, analyzing borrower packages and prequalifying transactions up front. Prior to joining The Derk Group, Zack was a member of the top sales team in Marcus & Millichap’s Long Beach Office. In his spare time, Zack enjoys playing ice hockey and golfing. Zack graduated from Vanguard University of Southern California in 2011 with a BA degree in History and Political Science, with a Minor in Business Administration. He earned his MBA from Boise State University’s College of Business and Economics in 2018.
Linsey joined Marcus & Millichap in July 2017 as an Executive Assistant to Michael Derk in the Newport Beach office, where she handles all social media and administrative duties. Alongside her administrative role, she has recently taken on the position of a Junior Loan Processor/Closer for the Derk Group. Linsey is responsible for the processing and closing of multi-million-dollar commercial real estate transactions. She deals with assessing the financial history of loan applicants and assessing whether applicants are eligible to obtain loans.
Melanie joined Marcus & Millichap in November 2018 as an Executive Assistant to Michael Derk in the Newport Beach office. She is responsible for all marketing and administrative duties. Melanie graduated from the University of Southern California in May 2018, with a BA in Law, History & Culture and a Minor in Marketing. She was a member of the USC Women’s Water Polo National Championship Team.
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