Meet Our Summer 2018 Elite Sales Class
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It is our honor to present to you the newest graduates of our Summer 2018 ZMac Elite Sales Team. This hand-picked, stellar group of sales professionals soared to new heights throughout our intensive 3-month training program. Please join us in welcoming them to our ZMac Team.
I grew up on the northern border of Wisconsin by the U.P. and spent a few years living in the mountain town of Breckenridge, Colorado, so I obviously love the outdoors. While I was out there, I adopted Monte, my adorable Bernese Mountain Dog, and the big guy turned 5 last month. I’ve been bouncing between wireless retail sales and bartending my whole adult life, often both at the same time. I’m pumped to be working where I can use those skills while having nights and weekends back to do all those things I love- like camping, hiking, golf, etc. I am also a bookworm; you’ll find me reading a new book almost every week to pass these Midwest winters. I mostly read non-fiction, but I try a little of everything. I love to stay busy!
A little bit about myself: I was born and raised in Racine Wisconsin. I went to St. Catherine’s high school and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Parkside with a double major in Business Marketing and Psychology. I just moved back to Racine, WI from Oahu, Hawaii, where I spent the last 5 years living and working for the state’s only main newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
I’ve been married to my beautiful and amazing wife Jennifer for five years, and our only child Luke, who just turned 1, was born in Hawaii in June of 2017. I also have an 8-year-old Maine Coon cat named Caesar and an 8-year-old Shetland Sheepdog/Shar Pei mix dog named Cleopatra (or Cleo for short) who also joined us for our Hawaiian adventure. My Grandpa played for the Green Bay Packers in the 1950’s, so the Packers are of course my favorite team. I like playing video games when I have the time, mostly Halo or Madden. I normally end up playing in about 4-5 Fantasy Football Leagues which can be enjoyable, but is mostly stressful! I enjoy reading any kind of business books or biographical books that catch my eye. I love TED talks and any interesting podcasts where I can learn something new. I also enjoy anything involved in the stock market and work on my portfolio regularly.
Traveling is very important to me, and I look forward to being able to travel to Europe now as it’s a lot easier to get there from Chicago instead of Honolulu! I’ve been to Italy, Paris, Mexico, Greece, Canada and almost every Island in Hawaii when I lived there (just Molokai and Lanai I didn’t have a chance to visit). We moved back to Racine, WI because both of our families live here, and we wanted to be closer to everyone while we raise Luke. We are hoping to make a yearly trip back to Hawaii (only in winter time, haha) to see our friends and to have Luke know where he was born! I look forward to my opportunity here at ZMac and am excited to grow with this company! As they would say in the islands, “a hui hou,” or until we meet again!
Hey, I’m Tony! Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. Who Dey!! I recently married the love of my life, Jess, in March. We love to travel and hit the beach to relax. We have a spoiled cat named Winston. I love basketball and enjoy golfing (trying to golf). I’m a huge Cavaliers fan, even with the best player in the world abandoning our team… twice. I also love food and whipping up different dishes in the kitchen. I have been in sales for the past 4 years, selling new Chevrolets logging a TON of hours. I’m super excited about the opportunity here at ZMac and look forward to assisting my customers in the transportation world!
Hello, I’m Austin Geisler. I was born and raised here in Racine, WI and am 24 years old. I enjoy anything outdoors, including fishing, golf, and yard games. I am a sports fanatic and am a huge fan of all teams Wisconsin… GO PACK GO!!! I spend a lot of time with my family and friends grilling out, sharing laughs, and listening to country music. I am very excited to start my new career as a Sales Executive here at ZMac Transportation.
I’m 24 years old, and I have lived in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the whole time. I’ve been in the customer service game for about 7 years now. More specifically, the gas station game for the past 5 and a half years. I like movies, comedy, music, math equations, and cooking. My food looks horrible, but tastes amazing.
My favorite sports team is the Green Bay Packers. Football is the only sport I really follow. I’m also a huge wrestling nerd, but that doesn’t really count as a sport. I enjoy playing games with my nieces and nephews. My favorite movie right now would have to be Baby Driver. My favorite dish to cook is Beef stroganoff. My stroganoff is legendary. My favorite restaurant is Shirl’s Drive In. I can play “Smoke on The Water” by cracking my knuckles. That’s about all, really. Nothing too crazy.
Howdy y’all! My name is Kyllo and it might sound familiar (Kylo Ren *Star Wars* for all you non-nerds). I grew up in Texas, and I hate the Cowboys…..KC CHIEFS FAN! I moved to Wisconsin back in 2004 and am the father of a 13-year-old, brilliant, young man named Mason. We go fishing, play basketball one on one (he kills me), and we enjoy watching Arrested Development and Designated Survivor. My background includes industries in towing, moving, HVAC and financial. I am passionate about selling and providing top notch service to my customers. I am thrilled to work at Zmac, and I am looking forward to my new career.
Who is Amber Hearn? I am a lot of things, but most recently I am a Sales Executive at ZMac. I live in Racine, WI with my husband and 2 children. My kids Blaise (6) and Declynn (4) keep me busy. From running to soccer, basketball, and baseball for Blaise to dance class and soccer for Declynn to swimming and school activities. We are Wisconsin Badger and Packer fans and enjoy going to and watching games. We love to travel, go to waterparks and find fun things to do. I also really enjoy being creative by planning parties, my kid’s parties are always unique and fun. I’m trying to be a Pinterest mom, but I’m not quite there yet. Sales is a new adventure for me, but I’m excited to be joining the team here at ZMac.
My name is Prishtina Kika, but people call me Tina for short. I just recently got married last year to my wonderful husband, who is actually from London, England. I just finished up my Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where I also received my sales certificate. I love to travel, explore, and try new things. I’ve traveled to over 10 countries so far and would love to grow that number much higher throughout my lifetime! In my free time, I like to shop… a lot. I am also bilingual. I speak both Albanian and English. I can’t wait to learn everything about ZMac and grow with the company!
Hello, I’m Dan Knaub. I am 50 years wise and have 25 years of sales and marketing experience as well as plenty of jobs where I got my hands dirty. I was an underground utility locator for We Energies and have also worked on a drilling crew for installing underground microfiber. I have worn many hats in my life, and I know that my experience will show through in our customer relationship.
Enough of the boring stuff, I am a proud father of a beautiful daughter, her name is Emma, and she is one of the lights in my life! In my spare time, I love grilling out and enjoying some refreshing beers with my family and friends. My favorite place to be is on or near the water. Nothing better than floating on the water with friends and having great conversation and enjoying some cold ones on a hot summer day. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and because my birthday falls on November 1st, I always have a huge Halloween party for all my friends (oh the stories I have about those parties). You also might find me hiking in the hills and enjoying nature in the great parks around Wisconsin.
I am a diehard Packer and Brewer fan, and have been to Lambeau Field about 15 times. If you haven’t been to a game there, I highly suggest you go! It truly is awe inspiring! My next love is music. I am a singer in a 12 person Steel Drum band with my amazing girlfriend, Lisa. We play about 8 shows a year, all with special themes. You’ll find me dressed in all kinds of costumes at these events, dressed anywhere from the Grinch to the Joker. I was also a wedding DJ for 20 years for a company I owned. I love all kinds of music, but if I had to pick favorites, it would be hard rock and old country.
I am ecstatic to be a part of this innovative and industry energizing company, and I know that we will make great memories for years to come as we deal with all the challenges and victories ahead! I will end this with my favorite quote: “Remember you only get this day once; you don’t get another to replace it.”
Hello, my name is Jerry. My family and I have lived in Oak Creek for the last ten years. When I am not working, I am a coach for the Oak Creek High School’s FIRST® Robotics team, 1792 Round Table Robotics. I am also a proud “Band Dad” for the 4-time state champion Oak Creek Marching Knights. I enjoy cooking, especially BBQ and I like spending time outside. I also like video editing, sound engineering at my church and website design. I am a big Marvel and Star Wars movie fan. My wife Katherine and I have two wonderful daughters, Sydney and Lyndsey.
I was born in 1896 in the arctic circle, and re-incarnated in 1990 in Zion IL.
Hobbies and interests include: Drumming. Piano-ing. Pictures of people looking at pictures of nature. Hanging out with my nephews/niece. Books in languages that I can’t understand. Pre-prohibition era gin. Useless trivia. Politics. Different kinds of gravy. Arrested Development. Porcelain cottage industries.
Things I do for fun: I enjoy grilling meats of all different kinds. I like people-watching (the benevolent kind of people-watching, not the creepy kind). I like filming sketch comedy videos as Gary Fraptious. Check him out on YouTube. I’ve been known to longboard every once in a while. I’m trying to break into the figure skating judging circuit; the journey is more fun than the destination will be. I volunteer as a youth leader for my local youth group, and also as staff for Camp Zion in Door County every summer. I’m a sucker for warm weather and a beach/bicycle.
And there’s plenty more that I’m sure isn’t coming to mind at this moment. Gimme a call, get to know me. My mother tells me I’m a pure delight.
Hey! I’m Raquel, and I’m a Racine native. I’m super family oriented and enjoy spending time with my two mini besties (son is 11 years old and daughter is 7 years old). When I’m not working or cheering on my kids at their many sports events (soccer, golf, basketball, gymnastics, track, cross country), I enjoy checking out local festivals and restaurants. Chicago is our favorite weekend spot! We enjoy eating, shopping, visiting museums, and anything else Chicago has to offer. I am a huge Disney fanatic! I love everything from the movies to the parks. We visit Disney World annually (occasionally biennial) to get our Disney fix! My bucket list includes visiting Disneyland California, Disney Aulani in Hawaii, and going on the Disney Cruise. Music gives me life! While I enjoy all kinds of music, hip-hop has my heart. I’m a Green Bay Packers fan and Chicago Bulls fan. I’m super excited to have joined ZMac and look forward to growing with the company!
I am a Chicago boy that has come to Wisconsin to plant my roots since I’ve decided that 6 is now my lucky number for states I’ve lived in. I’ve done everything from selling knives door-to-door, home food delivery, radio morning zoo sidekick, and appliance sales (to literally name a few!). I spend my free time involved in several tabletop sports leagues (think Dungeons and Dragons with football, baseball, and horse racing), even running and winning different tournaments throughout the US. When I am not feeding my gaming urges, I am cruising the high seas with my wife Kathy, listening to as eclectic a blend of music as you can imagine (everything from Pantera to Garth Brooks to Phish), attempting to write a screenplay, and rooting for the CHICAGO BEARS, Blackhawks, and White Sox (1 out of 3 isn’t too bad!). I am excited about what this next chapter of my life brings and becoming part of the ZMac family.
My name is Jeff Spranger, and I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science. During my time at Parkside, I was involved in many software development projects with real clients ranging from the University and Parkside professors to local businesses. Most of the work comes from gathering requirements and coming up with solutions to a variety of problems, which translates well into my new role here at ZMac. I’m looking forward to seeing where ZMac takes me. Outside of work, I enjoy bowling, riding my bike, and getting together with friends for food and drinks.
Jenn “JZ” Zentmyer
I am ‘JZ,’ Jenn Zentmyer. In my professional life, I apply high energy and focus on customer/client satisfaction to deliver results. The bulk of my professional experience is in Sales; however, fun fact: I spent two years making Nautical Maps as a Cartographer mapping everything from the Amazon River to the Great Lakes. My education and research were in science and technology. I have an Environmental Science B.S. and Geographic Information Systems Certificate. In my personal life, I enjoy hiking, kayaking, gardening, CrossFit, Indian food, walks along Lake Michigan with my dog Steven, and making quilts to gift loved ones.
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