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Zach Shipps

Originally from the west coast of Florida, Zach had an early immersion in the real estate industry growing up around an excavation and development company owned by his family. In 2007, he graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where he earned degrees in biology and business.

Prior to attending MIT, Zach worked as a Turnaround and Restructuring Consultant with Warren Averett, LLC, the third largest private accounting firm in the Southeast. His practice was primarily focused on right-sizing distressed real estate situations in the $5M to $100M bracket with clients ranging from private funds and individual clients to national banks and creditors. These engagements varied from court-appointed receiverships, across all asset classes and debt restructuring to operational turnarounds and investment advisory.

After graduating from Samford, Zach worked as an analyst, then broker for a start-up multi-family brokerage firm in Birmingham, Alabama that experienced exponential growth and was recently acquired by Hendricks Berkadia. Following three years in the brokerage arena, Zach held the position of Director of Recruitment for a young fundraising and event company based in Atlanta, Georgia. During his two years with Booster, Inc., the organization doubled in size to 190+ employees and nearly tripled in revenue to $16M.

While at Samford, Zach co-founded a U.S. based non-profit, Not Forgotten, Inc., that focuses on providing shelter, food, an education, and a future to street kids in Peru. After seven years, the organization has grown to support and empower 80+ children. In the spring of 2012, Not Forgotten acquired 100 acres outside the jungle city of Iquitos, Peru, and is currently developing a community that will house and equip 40 children.

At MIT, Zach intends to deepen his understanding of real estate economics and advanced finance while expanding his knowledge in the investment and restructuring realm. Zach enjoys spending time with his wife, Sara, as well as fly-fishing, kiteboarding, hunting and archery.