President and CEO Derek Van Marter moved to the mountainous valley east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains with his family in 2006.
Derek bought the successful Methow Valley Home Watch business in 2016 from its founders, who decided it was to time to retire. In addition to the background above, Derek and his wife, Nicole Ringgold, have owned many homes. They also built one in 2009 that was, unfortunately, consumed in a 2014 wildfire. 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 recreation destination, where over half of the total dwelling units are second homes. Derek and his staff provide full service to hundreds of clients.
Derek 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 Nicole met in 1995 as Peace Corps Volunteers in Niger, West Africa. They 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.
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A little about the National Home Watch Association: The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada (www.nationalhomewatchassociation.org).