Greetings and salutations!
Methow House Watch of Winthrop, Washington, has earned Accredited Member status from the NHWA.
Owner Derek Van Marter moved to the mountainous valley east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains in 2006. He has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University. He spent nearly 20 years as an impartial facilitator of environmental conflict resolution, successfully negotiating agreements in national, regional, state and local issues. Derek and his wife, Nicole Ringgold, met in 1995 as Peace Corps volunteers in Niger, West Africa.
Following a devastating loss in 2014 of the home they designed and built, Derek decided it was time to focus on being closer to home with his daughter. He was aware of an existing Home Watch business in the valley that was started in 1996. Derek took over the business in 2016. In addition to his professional experience, Derek is able to put to use his home building and handyman skills as the owner of Methow House Watch. The Methow Valley is a recreational destination, where over half of the total dwelling units are second homes.
Derek and Nicole are active volunteers in the community, on boards of directors and as patrollers with the National Ski Patrol. Derek also has a private pilot certificate. Nicole is a successful silversmith who sells her jewelry all around the world.
As always, I wish you