Derek Coppess, Founder & CEO

derek_coppessFAVORITE QUOTE
“People make your life.”

Derek Coppess draws his energy from the people around him who appreciate his leadership as a developer of people and communities. His love of the creative process drives him to encourage others to maximize their potential, as together they transform buildings into multi-use treasures so that their surrounding communities thrive with new life.
Derek’s intentionality stems from his ability to serve as a mentor, and he believes that work is rewarded exponentially each and every day. His openness to learn from others has attracted a variety of mentors into Derek’s life, and his character has emerged from those very important relationships. His life’s purpose is to nurture people as they move along their own journeys.
616 Development and Lofts is a community of people, a Tribe that is actively engaged in supporting and coaching one other in an atmosphere of mutual collaboration. Each is an expert in his or her own specific subject matter, and supports one other in fulfillment of their shared mission to create community.
Derek feels blessed to be surrounded by people who are committed to helping each other evolve their unique talents and strengths. And this continues with the most important community in Derek’s life—his family. His wife Amanda and their two children, Kendall and Carter, and Bentley, the family dog live in East Grand Rapids. They more than anyone give Derek reason to continue to learn and grow.

– Maximizer
– Relator
– Activator
– Achiever
– Discipline

– Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance Emerging Entrepreneur | 2013
– 40 Under Forty Business Leaders | 2013, 2015
– GRBJ Newsmaker of the Year | 2013

– Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring, Current Mentee
– Sunnycrest Youth Ranch Board of Directors
– Urban Land Institute of Michigan Member
– Conscious Capitalism Member