Derek Volk is a businessman, Autism advocate, volunteer, philanthropist, softball coach, and author, who resides in Maine with his family. He is currently President and co-owner of Volk Packaging Corporation, a third generation, family owned, corrugated box manufacturer in Biddeford, Maine. Derek actively participates on the Maine Business Leadership Network (BLN), a national organization that focuses on connecting employers with employees who have disabilities. His company currently employs those who are deaf, blind, and on the Autism Spectrum.
Derek published Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum, and shares his personal experiences raising a son who is on the Autism spectrum. Both Derek, and his son, Dylan, write about the challenges, triumphs and coping strategies from the early days to the adolescent years, to life in the “real world” when Dylan is a young adult. Their book showcases the unique relationship between a father and his son, who has spent his entire life “chasing the rabbit”.