Derek Champagne is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience developing effective marketing campaigns. He is the Founder & CEO of The Artist Evolution, A full service agency building memorable brands, marketing tools and campaigns for startups to household brands. Derek is also the author of the best-selling marketing book: Don’t Buy a Duck and the host of the Business Leadership Series podcast.
Derek has always been interested in fostering connections and finding an audience. Now CEO of The Artist Evolution—a marketing, design and practice management firm he founded in 2007—Derek helps businesses of all budgets plan and implement marketing strategies that work. He’s developed and managed brands and marketing campaigns in multiple industries from start ups to household names.
Derek has pioneered marketing strategies in the medical and dental communities, and has used his twenty-plus years of advertising, branding, and marketing experience to build a formidable business. He is a frequent guest lecturer at business conventions and college business marketing classes covering marketing and social media subject matter. Champagne is endorsed by the ASDA as a trusted marketing resource, and he is an advisory board member and a guest contributor for national publication, Dental Entrepreneur Magazine. He is a frequent guest lecturer at business conventions and college business marketing classes covering marketing and social media subject matter.
Champagne is also a nationally published musician who has made musical contributions to the soundtracks of television shows on ABC, MTV, Bravo, Oxygen, and the E! Channel. When he’s not making music or marketing strategy, he enjoys volunteering for non-profit organizations in his home state of Arkansas, spending time with his wife and two children, playing his guitar, enjoying the occasional game of golf, and staying actively involved in his church.
Derek is the host of Business Leadership Series—a regionally syndicated ESPN radio show and top-rated podcast that shines a spotlight on intentional leadership, business owners, entrepreneurs and masterminds. Available on all major podcast platforms: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Podomatic, Amazon Music.