Derek Gruber CIC

Commercial Lines Director

Derek is the Commercial Lines Director at Blakestad, which was acquired by Marsh & McLennan Agency in 2017. He joined Blakestad in 2015, and remains inspired every day by the workplace culture, and the unofficial motto of “Life is short, work with people you love.”

Derek defines success as when his clients feel he is their true partner and advisor. He strives to not just meet, but to exceed sales goals each year.

Some of Derek’s areas of expertise include commercial property/real estate, technology/cyber liability risk, and hospitality with specialties in breweries, golf courses and restaurants. His diverse background with a national carrier and large wholesaler has given him a unique perspective and the skillset necessary to build proper risk management programs.

Derek is especially passionate about helping entrepreneurs protect their companies and improve their bottom lines as they grow. He enjoys learning about the many different areas of business his entrepreneurial clients work within.

When he’s not at work, Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He is an active member of Leadership Twin Cities, a program of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce that aims to find solutions to make the Twin Cities metro area an even better place to live and work.