Derek was born in the States near the middle of the 1980's. His father, Garrett Graceland, was the owner of a clothing factory that made high quality military clothing. Needless to say it was extremely successful. There was never a shortage of requests for clothing from the armed forces. His father having served during Vietnam caused Derek to grow up in a military family and near other military members. Don't get me wrong, he isn't a soldier and he never served in the armed forces. Derek never cared for fighting. He worked in his father's factory from a young age, helping out in the factory from time to time and learning the business.
Unfortunately his father wasn't really what you would call a family man. Well...he didn't really care for having just one family. He moved to England a few years after Derek was born to start up a new factory as well as a new family. Having minimal contact with Derek and his mother Shirley he traveled back and forth between the countries over the years running his company, "Graceland Linens."
Skip ahead 33 years Derek has proven himself a worthy successor to his father. Having built a store, "Graceland Surplus", to sell clothes by himself Derek became quite the smooth talking salesman. Not only did he start his own store, Derek also made every scrap of clothing he sold in that store. Derek was even in the middle of a contract deal with Victoria's Secret for a line of undergarments.
At the same time Derek was attempting to wrestle control of the company from his greedy father. But Garrett Graceland wasn't ready to give up the company. So he sent Derek and his half brother Jeeves to Chernarus to start up another factory and run it together in June of 2016 to silence Derek and put him at a disadvantage. Never having met his brother before Derek struggled to befriend him in their year together in Chernarus as the factory was being prepared for its grand opening. The "Graceland Linens" factory was picked from the factory district in Vybor while Derek took up residence in the same town. Getting ready and talking to the governing body about the uniforms he would be manufacturing for the local military base at the bottom of Dichina hill. As well as the military bases at Zelenogorsk, Myshkino, Pavlovo, and NWAF. He was also in talks with the local town officials about setting up shop in the town of Vybor itself. Unfortunately before the grand opening the outbreak swept across the country and separated the brothers.
Unable to find his brother and a way out of the country Derek searches for people to continue selling clothes to. Everyone needs clothes after all, especially in the apocalypse.