I grew up in Topeka, Ks with my parents and younger sister. My mom ran a daycare from our home and my dad worked long hours as a mechanic. At a young age, I recognized how hard my parents worked and it instilled a strong work ethic in me. I went to parochial school and earned good grades. I spent most of my free time outside riding my bike, playing sports and working on cars in the garage with my dad. I tried almost every sport available to me, but baseball quickly emerged as my favorite. I started playing baseball when I was 6 years old and by the time I was 14 I was playing year-round and traveling around the Midwest to tournaments.
I started working at age 12 for family-friends and neighbors. Around school and sports, I did yard work and household labor. At 14 I was eager to start my first legitimate job and I worked at the same auto repair shop as my dad. What started as just maintaining the shop and property eventually turned into working on customer vehicles. A couple years later, while still in high school, I worked at a metal fabrication company maintaining the property and that turned into driving fork lifts, cutting, grinding and painting.
After graduating high school, I had to choose between going to junior college to play baseball or pursue an engineering degree at the University of Kansas. I chose the latter. At the end of my freshman year I began working in direct sales for Cutco. This was my first opportunity to gain not only sales and marketing experience but also communication and time management skills. Surprisingly, I was the number one new sales rep that summer and quickly advanced in the company. I ran a marketing office for Cutco the next two summers while on break from school, recruiting and training sales representatives. At this point I realized I liked business and sales so I decided to change my course of study. I graduated with a business-finance degree and accepted a promotion to district manager. I ran the Topeka district office for a couple years and gained valuable experience, but I decided to look for new challenges and opportunities.
I wanted to work in the financial industry and I knew a few people that worked at Advisors Excel. I learned about the company’s success and accepted a position working with the top independent financial advisors in the country. What I love most about Advisors Excel is the culture of growth. When I’m not working I spend most of my time with family and friends. My hobbies include traveling, biking, and attending car shows. I also enjoy personal growth books and videos.
Favorite Food: Steak or Pizza
Favorite quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill
Best piece of financial advice received: pay yourself first and put your money to work
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite movie: It’s A Wonderful Life
Hidden talent: learning lyrics of most songs/genres quickly
If Zach could meet anyone, past or present, it would be: Benjamin Franklin
What motivates Zach: fulfilling my potential and creating a future of freedom
Place Zach would most like to visit: Costa Rica