Mike Derrick is the Chief Financial Officer for ACME. Prior to ACME, Mike served as CFO at Sherpa Capital. He previously held a similar role Trident Capital which, together with spin-out funds Sunstone Partners and ForgePoint Capital, managed active fund capital commitments totaling $2 billion. Mike brings over 20 years of Private Equity/Venture Capital finance experience having worked in similar roles at Thomas Weisel Partners, Trust Company of the West and Apax Partners as well as fund administration stints at Mourant Fund Services and HSBC. Mike’s varied knowledge of the alternative assets industry enables the most efficient streamlining of office operations while improving the support of its investment team.
Mike trained with Ernst & Young in “Old” Jersey where he grew up as a lad. He strives to master the guitar fingerpicking styles pioneered by the English masters and enjoys being outnumbered by his lovely wife and two teenage daughters.
Mike was born in North London but raised in “Old” Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands situated off the coast of Brittany. With a population of less than 100,000 and a size about the same as San Francisco, Jersey provided an extremely isolated environment for Mike’s childhood. To counteract the boredom, Mike formed his own rock band at the age of 14, playing covers of Dire Straits, Queen, Led Zeppelin (even Bryan Adams!). The local newspaper, The Jersey Evening Post, penned his stage name as Mike “Knopfler” Derrick.
After reading Chemistry at the University of Manchester, Mike decided to put his degree to good use and entered the field of accountancy. Again, to counter the excitement of debits and credits, he continued to pursue his alternate musical career and gigged with various bands around the London clubs, playing guitar, singing 3-part harmonies and even playing congas for an easy listening band (Andy Williams, Burt Bacharach and the like).
After deciding to relocate to America in the early noughties, Mike auditioned and was accepted as a member of a power pop quintet. However, after too many ear-popping rehearsals and an exhausting tour of SoCal, Mike decided to quit the glamorous rock scene and went solo. His musical career is now confined to his music room at home where he enjoys annoying his tolerant wife and two teenage daughters. His professional gigs now consist of weddings, funerals and bat mitzvahs.