The ZMac Story
It all started one day back in 2009 when friends Matt Ziegler and Jeff McMahon were playing a round of golf. The conversation, as it often did, turned to shop talk. Although they were in different industries, Matt in logistics and Jeff in national retail construction, their golf course chats frequently centered on their shared entrepreneurial spirit and desire to do things differently. On that day, as they approached the 18th hole, their brainstorming had borne an unheard of concept for managing the complex logistics of over-dimensional freight. ZMac.
Let’s just say that, historically, transportation brokerages didn’t have the most stellar reputation. Some might use the word “shady” to describe the industry. Matt and Jeff set out to revolutionize how both customers and carriers feel about transportation logistics companies, with four groundbreaking commitments that set the foundation for doing great things.
We are going to be open.
We are going to communicate.
We are going to innovate.
We are going to do the right thing, even if it costs us more.
From the get-go, ZMac knew its niche. Over-dimensional freight. ZMac’s unique oversized load specialty, combined with Matt’s operational expertise, and Jeff’s high-performing sales savvy was unlike anything the business have ever seen. Harnessing cutting-edge technology, ZMac introduced ZRATE, an instant, accurate, and user-friendly rate quote tool, again transforming the industry. And the industry began to take notice. In 2015 and 2016, ZMac was named to the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s Future 50 List of Fastest Growing Companies.
Along the way, Matt and Jeff built upon the loyalty and trust that defined their friendship and partnership to create a culture of camaraderie that became synonymous with the name ZMac. Together they cultivated what makes all the difference in the business – the people. Discovering the raw talent, developing the skills, investing in innovative problem solvers who say, “Why can’t we?” and providing a rewarding future for people who are willing to stretch outside their comfort zone. The icing on the cake? An award-winning workspace that Milwaukee Business Journal named one of the coolest offices.
In January of 2019, Jeff McMahon retired and Matt Ziegler took majority ownership of ZMac. Jeff donated a portion of the company to the employees in the form of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
ZMac’s wheels are in motion. And mile after mile, those wheels continue to gain momentum.