Zach is a seasoned real estate investment and development executive, with 17 years of experience helping some of the largest and most prominent real estate firms in the world grow and manage their businesses.
Prior to joining Transwestern, Zach founded and managed Water Wheel Capital, a Denver based consulting firm that helped commercial real estate firms with a range of financial, transactional and strategic services, with a particular focus on the development of affordable and workforce housing in Colorado and New York.
Prior to starting Water Wheel, Zach was the Director of Transactions for The Durst Organization, the legendary New York City development firm that built One World Trade Center, 4 Times Square and One Bryant Park. During his tenure at Durst, Zach led the acquisition of approximately $500 million worth of land for development in Manhattan, Queens, Philadelphia and Jersey City. The Durst Organization is expected to invest approximately $7 billion into these sites to build upwards of 5,500 multi-family units, including nearly 1,400 units of affordable and workforce housing, in addition to significant commercial and retail structures.
Earlier in his career, Zach helped build out the asset management platform for an international private equity fund, GTIS Partners ($4.3 billion AUM). His role required him to develop strong relationships with the firm’s operating partners, integrate the firm’s operations in Brazil with those in the United States and help develop and guide strategy for a domestic real estate portfolio consisting of 20,000 single family home lots, 2,250 residential condominium units, 2.1 million square feet of office space, 364 acres of mixed-use development sites, 9 hotels and a Brazilian portfolio consisting of 2 million square feet of office space and 5,300 residential units.