Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Derek founded Vanacore International in 1986 and promptly built the company into the largest and most successful corporate asset/inheritance recovery firms on the West Coast. Derek began his unclaimed property career as a government licensed investigator. For over 27 years, he has worked to reunite heirs and lost shareowners around the world, first exclusively for Fortune 100 companies and then with his own firm. Derek focuses much of his time on industry research and trends, new business development and managing complex probate and merger/acquisition matters.
Derek studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was a member of their baseball team. In 1984, he was drafted in the first round to play for the Kansas City Royals. After his baseball career, Derek began working for Gladding, De La Pena & Michel, Inc. where he gained his experience as a private investigator. After Derek worked many dangerous, high profile, and highly confidential undercover cases, he decided to open his own firm. His sincere enthusiasm for people and their stories has made him one of the most successful inheritance investigators in the State. His drive, passion and intellect are only three of his many gifts that have made him triumphant in all of his endeavors.
Derek and his wife live in El Dorado Hills with their four daughters. He owns a yoga studio in the community and serves as a member of the board of directors for Town Center Management.
Chief Operating Officer
Jeff joined Vanacore in 1999 as an investigator and special projects manager. Jeff now manages all of Vanacore’s operational and technical matters, including probate, corporate claim consolidation and heir research activities.
Prior to Jeff’s service with VI, he served as a manager, budget analyst and auditor with government agencies and as an accountant in the private sector. Jeff graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Business Economics.
Jeff lives with his wife and children in the Sacramento area, where he enjoys coaching his children’s youth sports teams.
Chief Administrative Officer
Nicole joined Vanacore in 2005 as an executive assistant. She is now responsible for managing daily operations including all financial matters, business operation strategies, budgeting activities and staff planning. Reporting directly to the CEO, she works in conjunction on various claims involving individuals and businesses. Her appreciation for best practices when working with clients and her drive to meet and exceed expectations is a tremendous asset to the team.
Nicole graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She enjoys traveling, running, watching football and visiting Lake Tahoe. She currently resides in El Dorado Hills with her husband and her two sons.
Steve is responsible for handling all aspects of Vanacore’s client relations, including claims processing and acting as a liaison between VI and our business and individual clients. His ability to facilitate between various account holders plays a vital role in expediting recoveries.
Before joining Vanacore, Steve was a lead designer on the TV show Housecrashers on the DIY network. He would evaluate existing space, create the design concept and work with a talented crew to bring it to life for the homeowners. He was also a territory sales rep for Cleveland Golf Company.
Steve graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He enjoys golf, yoga, home improvements and cheering for the Seattle Seahawks. He currently resides in El Dorado Hills.
Matt joined the Vanacore team in 2016. With a background in International Business and Japanese, his genealogy work is focused on foreign accounts and client relations.
Matt previously held the leasing manager position at Lesarra Luxury Apartments. In this role, he assisted the general manager in locating tenants for available space, marketing and advertising of vacancies to attract potential tenants, performed background checks, credit reports and maintained all tenant requests.
He is currently enrolled at Sacramento State University studying International Business. Matt enjoys traveling, weight lifting and photography. He resides in El Dorado Hills along with his four rescue dogs.