Chief of Staff & Investor
Derek Porter is a Serial Entrepreneur, U.S. Veteran, Security Expert, and Investor in the Cannabis/Hemp Industries.
He is an investor and partner with Gateway Proven Strategies, specializing in his security expertise and competitive intelligence knowledge to help grow GPS globally.
Derek has started and successfully sold 2 security firms in the cannabis industry. Derek is also the majority owner of Dynamic Warriors LLC a Veteran sales demographic CBD company. Derek lives with his daughter and loves the outdoors, backpacking and traveling.
Derek holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Science in Security Management, along with dozens of certifications in security and competitive intelligence.
Prior to joining the GPS Team, Derek’s acquisition exits were: Security Grade Protective Services (now called Helix Cannabis Security). After the exit he sat on the board of directors for Helix Technologies (HLIX).
Derek has worked on multiple levels of the security industry both in the military, as a former F.A.S.T. Marine (Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team), and as a private contractor for private military’s operating both CONUS and OCONUS.
Derek has over 390 consolidated days in Red Zones (War Zones) and has been decorated with various awards, such as: The Navy, Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device (V) for bravery under fire.
He has protected precious assets ranging from nuclear assets to the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq. Derek has years of consulting experience with several executive protection firms. His specialty is assessing safety and security concerns of persons or an organization and diagnosing other security deficiencies unknown to the client.