To build, develop, and support successful teams

As Senior Manufacturing Executive And Technical Director in the building materials industry, Derek Nicholls learned that the greatest challenges in business are team-driven. People work better together when they achieve mutual success. He founded CemSolve to build successful teams through development and support.

Who We Are


Derek is the founder and President of CemSolve, Inc. He has over 25 years of experience in the industry. Entering Lafarge Corporation as an engineer-in-training, Derek acquired a mastery of operations, leading onward to his advancement to Senior Vice President and Technical Director for Essroc Cement Corporation, Italcementi Group.

Derek knows manufacturing, and the importance of relationships. He built his career from the ground up, working in operations at three of the five world leaders in cement manufacturing. Derek received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Ceramic Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and served as the Chairman of the 2014 IEEE/PCA Cement Technical Conference.

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