51JfWiCwZJL._SX309_BO1,204,203,200_ARE YOU MAKING A LIVING OR MAKING A LIFE is a simplistic look at how to handle and manage your everyday financial life. It is designed to give you suggestion and some solution on financial topics and situation that occur in everyday life. Hopefully you will get a better understanding through time and assistance from financial professionals as you move to change the way financial matters are handled in your life.

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About the Author

Derrick was born in Philadelphia, PA where he attended the public school system and graduated from Strawberry Mansion High School in 1977. Derrick then attended and graduated from Mansfield State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education specializing in Special Education. After graduating from Mansfield, Derrick became a teacher and coach in Suffolk,VA for three years and then moved to Arlington,VA where he continued  his teaching and coaching for additional seven years. Derrick then left teaching for a career in Insurance and Financial Services.

With more than 25 years  of experience in the Insurance and Financial Services Industry, Derrick has represented some of the largest and most successful companies, such as:  Allianz Life, Franklin Life, American General, ING and Kemper Life, and New York Life. Derrick began his career in the insurance industry with New York Life and then moved to Philadelphia Financial Advisors providing Tax-Sheltered Annuities and Retirement planning to teachers and employees of the Philadelphia public schools system.

Derrick also founded The Billups Group to provide insurance and retirement planning services to individuals, families and small businesses. For the past sixteen years while continuing to provide financial services Derrick has counseled many high school students and their parents as a site supervisor for the Educational Testing Services.

Derrick is currently President of Foundation for Financial Fitness, Inc. a NJ non-profit that specializes in providing college and financial educational services and workshops. He also continues to conducts financial workshops for Clarifi, Inc. (formally known as Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Delaware Valley), one of the largest non-profit organizations providing credit repair, budgeting and money management counseling services to hundreds of consumers.

Derrick is also married, has three children, and currently resides in New Jersey.

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