Iowa STATEment Makers is a recognition program of the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council, honoring graduates of the past 10 years who have made strong statements in careers, entrepreneurial endeavors, academics, community service, or personal achievements. There are 17 honorees for 2014, and we’re introducing each of them to you here on the blog.
Zac (’04 finance) has been successful in every position he’s held since graduating from Iowa State and earning his MBA from the University of Iowa. He is currently a senior strategy manager for Microsoft, Inc., a company he joined in March 2012. Zac came to Microsoft from Best Buy Co., Inc., where he twice won the company’s Chairman’s Innovation Award, and Wells Fargo Financial, where he ranked at the top of his district in sales. Zac is also pursuing an Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate from Stanford University and has even started his own company – Impakt Athletics, which specializes in helping football coaches and athletes discover and act on insights seen in game film. He is currently working with retired NFL players, the football program at the University of Washington, and one of the nation’s top high school programs to refine his product. “We are going to change the game,” he says.
…his favorite ISU tradition: “It’s fairly new, but I love the siren after we score a touchdown.”
…what would make the world a better place: “If Coach Rhoads could give everyone a motivational speech to start the day”
…the everyday item he can’t live without: “ketchup”
…his best piece of advice: “Know what makes you happy, and do it.”