Derek Keller is a North Carolina native and the creator & owner of 440 Gentleman Supply, a men’s accessory brand based out of Raleigh, NC. Launching in January of 2013, the leather-focused line has seen a tremendous first year of business, selling products to over 20 different states and 3 countries. Derek also serves as the Assistant Director of the NC State University’s Global Luxury Management Program (GLM). GLM is a one-year dual degree master’s program focused on the marketing & management of luxury goods, products, & services. Derek helped to launch the program in 2011 that has since more than doubled in student admissions and gained international recognition. Derek is an NC State alumnus, earning his degree in Business Management and has had over 15 years of experience working in marketing & management for a number of brands. Derek’s passion for handmade, quality goods fuels his commitment in supporting local markets and artisans whose products are built to sustain. His dream is to see a global impact from small businesses as perceptions change on where quality products can emerge from.