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Billy Derian from "Rods N Wheels" stars in the Discovery Channel reality series. He previously was the host of DIY Network's "Extra Yardage."

Hailing from Newport Beach, California, Billy Derian is known for his rocker-surfer attitude and infectious "take-life-by-horns" mantra that have led him to his many entrepreneurial successes today. At a young age, Billy adopted the skills and appetite for craftsmanship mastery through fixing family cars, landscaping and building fences, and by always approaching
Billy Derian of "Rods N Wheels"
Billy Derian Rods N Wheels
a design or building challenge with confidence and creativity.

Billy's professional experience began in 1985 when he accepted a job at a landscaping, hardscaping and pool construction company working in hands-on, manual labor. A little over two years later, Billy moved up the ranks to the sales and design department at his family's pool firm. After 12 years of honing his skills in sales and design, Billy had made his mark in the industry and within the community.

Billy's big break came in 2000 when he was contacted by HGTV for the first season of "Landscaper's Challenge." Billy won the challenge and America loved him, instantly throwing him into the national television spotlight as a regular on the show. Realizing the innate, "naïve genius" and explosive charisma that epitomizes Billy, the networks instantly started booking him for television appearances and hosting gigs, including host of Discovery Channel's "Backyard Brigade" (2003), creator of the pilot "Killer Grub," host and co-creator of the pilot "Bad Boy BBQ."

Outside of the television realm, Billy has developed himself as a successful entrepreneur with several design businesses including a spec home redesign company called B2 Design & Media Group, a custom hot rod shop and design group under the B2 company umbrella, and most recently, a new aircraft, tour bus and private yacht interior design start-up. He is also a culinary industry veteran and food enthusiast, previously holding cooking jobs such as sous chef as well as design and consulting positions including sushi bar designer, owner and manager.


Hometown: Newport Beach, CA

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