2016's 40 Under 40: Derrick A. Eells

Derrick Eells Ten Dot
DerrickEellsDerrick A. Eells 35, President TenDot, Lincoln, Neb. How I got here: “My goal was to find a position that would allow me to pursue my passion for travel. I found that in Maritz and spent a year as a travel director, but left to start my own business. I moved back home to Nebraska and launched TenDot 10 years ago with my brother.” Superstar stats: TenDot, a full-service meeting management and incentive house, was honored on The 2015 Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation with a growth rate of 263 percent. Eells has increased the company’s profitability by a minimum of 49 percent per annum over the last three years, all while on the road more than 250 days per year. Giving back: “In honor of TenDot’s 10th anniversary in 2015, we launched OneTraveler a nonprofit that helps create better leaders through a six-week journey abroad each summer.”