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Staff Spotlight: Derek Thurston

Every month we like to introduce one of our staff members so you can get to know them better. This month, our Life&Health Broker Derek talks about his passion for sports and the great outdoors!

You won the lottery! What’s your first purchase?

If I won the lottery my first purchase would be a professional sports team, preferably the Portland Trailblazers! I’m a huge fan and since the late, great Paul Allen has passed away (RIP PA), there is an open Owner’s seat! It would definitely be a dream come true.

Share one thing you love to do that you always strive to include in your daily routine.

I’m a huge believer in a daily stretching routine. Playing college sports, I learned long ago the benefits of stretching and staying limber. I just don’t feel the same without a good stretch!

What are some of your favorite hobbies or activities?

I love sports and the outdoors, so most of my free time I can be found on the basketball court or on the golf course! I also enjoy hiking, camping, and the occasional concert or show.

Tell us about one of your most memorable experiences.

One of my most memorable experiences was being able to visit Fenway Park with my Dad in the summer of 2017. We are huge Boston Red Sox fans and we had such a great time, we are planning another visit this summer with the rest of my family. I can’t wait to go back!

What is your favorite Biggs story?

My favorite Biggs story has to be from our Annual Christmas party this past December. We were greeted at the door by our COO Rich Biggs, wearing a Christmas themed suit and tie and a Santa hat. It was hilarious and really set the tone for a fun night with our Biggs staff!

Is your favorite season spring, summer, winter, or fall – and why?

Summer and it’s not even close. Growing up in the NW, you learn to love the sunshine (when it’s here)! SO many more outdoors activities to do, plus, I’m a summer birthday – so who doesn’t like summer birthday parties?

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

My superpower would have to be light-speed travel. If I want to be on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean, I’d like to be there like, NOW!