Zachary Barker

Zachary J. Barker Executive Director | Opportunity Machine

Hailing from Nashville, Tn., Zachary holds a bachelors degree of business administration from Middle Tennessee State University. His professional career service includes serving as regional marketing manager and mortgage originator for SunTrust Mortgage. Later, he launched BarkLoud Marketing, a corporate execution training and marketing management group, as well as serving as Business Group Manager for NationLink Wireless (a BlackBerry/RIM Certified partner), Business Director for Advanced Network Solution and most recently Founder of Acadiana Sports Leagues, which sold in January 2016.

Zach has been executive director of the Opportunity Machine since 2014. Under his leadership, the OM transitioned from being a tech-focused incubation and acceleration program to serving a wide range of entrepreneurial businesses and rapid-growth startups. In 2016, nearly 50 members have worked with the OM and more than 400 individuals have used OM services for training, networking, mentoring, and space. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s AcceleRagin student incubator program, the Acadiana Center for the Arts’ ArtSpark artist stipend program, and INNOV8 are among the programs utilizing the OM services and expertise to provide training and education to more than 200 participants.