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Welcome

Get to know me just a little bit better.

Traveler, Marketer, Dog-Lover, Chicagoan...


Hi there. My name's Zach. Thanks for visiting. I take it you came here to learn a little bit about me, so here it goes:

I'm a 20-something Chicagoan born and raised. I'm passionate about my city, where I live with my partner of five years and our two dogs. They're adorable Shiba Inus, whom we love dearly. We adopted them through the Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue, a group that tirelessly works to help dogs just down on their luck.

My partner, David, and I have a passion for traveling. He gets to travel a bit more than I do and has become a bit of a travel nerd. Feel free to check out his travel website, ORD to Anywhere, where he discusses news in the travel industry, specifically focusing on the oneworld alliance.
 

I am a marketer by trade with a passion for all aspects of the business. I have a soft side for entrepreneurship, and love helping those I know refine their business plans and turn their dreams into reality. I currently work in analytics at Outerwall (parent company of Redbox), where I get to be an über-geek, satisfying my love of numbers and how the human brain works. You can read more about my professional background on my LinkedIn.

Professional Me

Learn more about what I do.

Highlights of education and key skills:

BA, Illinois Wesleyan University
MBA, University of Chicago
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/zwalz

    MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS Having spent most of my professional career in the marketing services space, I have experience in the research, planning and activation sides of various marketing channels.


    STRATEGIC ANALYSIS Trained in econometrics and statistics from the University of Chicago, I often find myself as the go-to man for trying to pull a story out of numbers. The combination of art and science is what makes this type of work most exciting.


    BUSINESS PLAN DEVELOPMENT After getting my MBA, I had a renewed passion for entrepreneurship. I have helped multiple startup companies refine their business plans and investment pitches, helping them understand the best moves for their futures.


    SMALL BIZ PLANNING/DESIGN I know what it's like to try to build something from scratch on limited resources. Who can you trust? What do you really need? I have been through this myself and helped many friends and colleagues navigate these waters.

Photography

A few of my favorite shots.

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away...

Photography is my way of holding on to the memories of the places I have visited and loved. Here are some of my favorite shots I've taken from around the world as well as the results of some photo shoots I've done.
  • ALL
  • ASIA
  • PEOPLE
  • PLACES
  • USA

My Travels

Oh, the places you'll go!

I've been some cool places, but have a lot more to see...

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The grand list:
  • Austria
  • Canada
  • Cambodia
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

Meet the Family

Two Guys, Two Dogs.

Here are the ones who make every day worth living.

DAVID

Lead Sanity-Bringer
David, my rock, keeps me grounded. He works for the US Government and has a passion for travel. We plan on traveling the world together, one trip at a time. Be sure to visit his website, ORD to Anywhere.

MADDOX

Chief Cuddler
Maddox, the 5-year-old Shiba Inu is a ball of excitement. His passions include lying in the sun, chewing on tug-of-war toys and being next to you during every hour of every day. Oh, and shedding.

MAIKO

Head Snob
Maiko (Japanese for "dancing girl") is just a little bit younger than her older adopted brother, Maddox. She is a bit self-absorbed, and likes judging you from across the room before giving you the honor of petting her.

Contact

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Phone: +708 743 7575
E-mail: zachary.walz@gmail.com
Website: www.zacharywalz.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/zwalz