Derrick Ayers joined Lutgert Insurance as Chief Financial Officer in May 2016. Prior to joining Lutgert, Derrick was Regional Chief Financial Officer for Fifth Third Bank in South Florida. Derrick worked for Fifth Third in progressive finance capacities for 10 years starting in the Kentucky market in 2006. Prior to joining Fifth Third, Derrick had varied finance and accounting experience with public and private companies as controller/treasurer of a Construction Company and as an Audit team member with the global Big 4 accounting firm Ernst & Young in Louisville, Kentucky.
Since arriving in Naples, Derrick has been an engaged and active member of the Naples Community. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Partnership for Collier’s Future Economy. Derrick serves on various committees including the following: Finance, Business Retention Expansion & Attraction (BREA), Opportunity Naples Steering & Implementation, Leadership Collier Leadership Lunch. Derrick was a member of the 25th Anniversary class of Leadership Collier in 2014. In 2015, Derrick was recognized as 40 Under 40 by Gulfshore Business for his commitment to his profession and community.
Derrick moved to Naples in early 2012 with his wife and four children. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Florida & Kentucky. Derrick is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BS in Accounting.