Derek Bartlett is the VP of Business Development for MBE Hospitality Management where he focuses much of his time on new business opportunities and property acquisition. He earned his Bachelors in Science with a focus on Biology from Mountain State University (now West Virginia Tech). After a few years in the insurance industry, he we went on to earn both a Master’s Degree in Christian Leadership and an MBA from Liberty University.
First Community Bank, Inc.- who’s corporate headquarters is in Bluefield, WV- hired Derek to help spearhead the integration of a newly acquired insurance company. This redirection moved him to Charlotte, NC where he was later hired as the Executive Pastor for Venture Church in Harrisburg, NC. Towards the end of his time with the church, he was tasked with developing a new piece of property that the church had purchased. He quickly fell in love with property development and moved to Montana where he worked for MBS Solutions and helped develop building projects all over the country. In 2019, Derek purchased MBS Solutions, which he still currently owns.
In June of 2020, Eric Bahme (President/CEO of MBE Hospitality Management) hired Derek to help build the company’s Marketing & Sales Division. As he quickly gained experience in working with hotels, his position continued to expand. Derek now spends most of his time working directly with Eric to grow the company with new hotel management contracts and helping existing clients grow their portfolio via hotel acquisitions.