For Vic, being a marathon entrepreneur means artfully balancing his passion for innovation while strategically driving profitability in his business. Vic’s entrepreneurial success is a product of this strategy, and his passion lies in finding and developing top talent who can help him execute his vision. Vic founded ZAK in 2002 and has since launched ZAKTEK and NEXEMO. The current enterprise, ZAK Automotive Companies, includes ZAK Products, ZAKTEK, and NEXEMO, all of which vertically integrate into the automobile industry.
The ZAK team appreciates and benefits from Vic’s constant pursuit of the ultimate employee experience through career opportunities, a “cooler-than-Google” headquarters, and a fun work environment that fosters teamwork at every intersection. Vic strives to inspire a sense of culture and passion within ZAK by strategically removing obstacles and steering the team on a path towards real and distinctive opportunities for success.
Vic is a native of Dallas and a graduate of Texas Tech University, where he met his wife Alesha. Vic and Alesha love supporting their local community and the Acts 29 global mission, where Vic serves as a strategic advisor. They spend most of their weekend time enjoying their two sons’ activities. Cameron, a high school state wrestling champion, and Zach, who plays football at The University of the South, provide Vic and Alesha endless opportunities to enjoy the blessings of parenthood. As a family, they enjoy planning and taking unique and adventurous trips together all over the world.
This is our fourth consecutive year on the Inc 5000 list of America's Fastest Growing Companies. I am beyond proud of the dedication and relentless determination of our employees, which has been a driving factor for the continued growth and success of ZAK. - Vic Keller, Founder
Director of Operations
Ben is a master multitasker who thrives on providing quick response times, getting accurate answers and moving business forward. The team encounters this pace daily as Ben takes his responsibility for all activities surrounding the operations of ZAK Products and ZAKTEK seriously.
He overseas logistics, the distribution center, product lifecycle and inventory for ZAK Products and leads the strategy and management of ZAKTEK.
ZAK Automotive welcomed Ben in 2007 and we’ve been reaping the benefit of his wicked fast pace ever since.
Director of Strategy
With an uncanny ability to quickly analyze a challenge or business opportunity and spot solutions, Venessa leads our overall business strategy.
Venessa brings over a decade of automotive industry experience and a passion for enhancing business practices that generate efficiency and drive profit.
Venessa’s proprietary blend of a pragmatic business approach, a sales cheerleader mentality and an executive mindset, means she’s delivering substantial impact in all areas of our business at a chipper velocity.
Executive Creative Director
If it mentions, shows product images or has the ZAK, ZAKTEK, or NEXEMO logo on it, Brian owns it! Brian joined ZAK in 2015 after a long tenure at the Dallas Mavericks. He makes anything and everything ZAK look amazing.
Brian’s eye for design, branding and imaging extend from product label design, to POS collateral, to video assets, to social media, to every detail of our state of the art ZAK Headquarters.
Brian’s creative inspiration often comes at 3AM and the ZAK Automotive team has come to enjoy waking up to an email with a perfectly finished project attached.
Director of Training
As Director of Training, Laurie’s passion for people engagement and professional development perfectly aligns with ZAK’s unique and highly impactful world-class training portfolio.
Laurie believes every customer experience is memorable and with the right training that memory should be exceptional! Her leadership role extends to include internal communications, team development and strategic support to business expansion opportunities.
Investing in human capital to drive personal and professional development as well as exceptional customer service has been at the heart of Laurie’s focus and contributions since starting with ZAK Automotive Companies in 2011.