Meet the Team : Derek Hernquist

We already have a page that shows us in the office setting, with the usual bios about our path and role and interests. Thought it would be fun to highlight one team member every month, with some Q&A and out-of-office pics. Derek is the first “volunteer”, with a short video talking about his role at Aptus.

Hope you enjoy getting to know us!


Places I’ve Lived

Western New York (Olean) to University of Arizona (Tucson) to Detroit/Buffalo/Cleveland to South Florida. Charlotte is home since 2006

Who I Root For

Dylan’s baseball and math, Anna’s swim and theatre. Arizona Wildcats, Buffalo Bills, St. Bonaventure Bonnies, Charlotte Hornets

What I Listen To

Mostly classic rock (sadly now including 80s/90s rock), and a few newer artists like Zac Brown, Jason Isbell, The War on Drugs

Food & Drink

Green tea(addicted to Honest Moroccan Mint since 2005), pizza, all the meats, fish tacos, BBQ, cold beer

Best Part of My Job

Helping advisors develop language clients can embrace

Nights & Weekends

Wife & kids, business reading/podcasts, sports watching, firepit trivia

Favorite Trips

Hawaii honeymoon, extended family summer trips to lake/beach, anywhere “away” with my wife

Favorite Quote

“Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.” Plato

Favorite Shows/Movies

Seinfeld, Friday Night Lights, Shawshank Redemption, Good Will Hunting, Caddyshack, The Office, Ted Lasso