Derek Hawkins

SVP - Development

Derek Hawkins was named Senior Vice President – Development of Becknell Industrial in January 2019. Derek joined the Becknell team in 2012 and is responsible for the execution of both acquisition and development opportunities that help drive the growth of Becknell’s portfolio. His focus is on leasing of speculative warehouse space, build-to-suit pursuits, coordination of due diligence activities, financial analysis and serving as a liaison between the Company and its capital partner. During Derek’s tenure at Becknell, he has been involved in the execution of transactions in excess of $360 million and 6.9 million square feet, and has negotiated leases with a total value in excess of $46 million.

Prior to joining Becknell, Derek spent eight years in commercial real estate financial planning and analysis. The last six years he served as a Senior Financial Analyst at Simon Property Group, a real estate investment trust with a market capitalization in excess of $60 billion. His primarily responsibilities included financial analysis and investment committee presentations for redevelopments of regional malls within the portfolio, along with underwriting of acquisitions of new malls. Derek started his real estate career in 2001 with Beazer Homes as a controller for land acquisition and development activities.

He is actively involved with St. Mary’s Child Center and the United Way of Central Indiana.


Bachelor of Science - Ball State University

Achievements & Affiliations

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) - Member

Junior Achievement of Central Indiana “Indy’s Best and Brightest” - Finalist (2016)