ZAC PONSKY

ZAC PONSKY

Partner, Midwest Development Partners LLC
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INTRODUCTION

At Midwest Development Partners, Embassy Ventures and EZ Capital, Zac Ponsky has investment management responsibilities. In this role, Zac is charged with oversight of acquisitions, development, repositioning assets and equity partnerships. Zac is an immediate past board member for Coldwell Banker Hunter Realty, Chairman of the Board for Medworks, Executive Director for MobileMed One Foundation and Board member of Medwish International In addition, Zac recently concluded an executive education program at Harvard University in the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, which is a joint program of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Zac graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.S. in Education. Outside of work, Zac holds a strong passion for healthcare access issues for the uninsured and underinsured in the United Sates. As a result, Zac founded MedWorks. This health program enlists thousands of doctors, nurses, dentists, optometrists and other healthcare providers to volunteer at make-shift clinics, and within the existing safety nets, to provide healthcare services and preventive health education. In the past five years, Medworks has held thirty healthcare clinics, providing thousands of free appointments and services. Within that time, the catastrophe in Joplin, MO occurred. With his knowledge of mobile medical operations, he deployed from Cleveland to offer assistance to local authorities in their disaster response and relief. Within days, Zac coordinated the deployment and delivery of a mobile operating room to manage the surge in patient care. As hospital needs expanded, Zac secured a range of mobile medical equipment for St. John’ s new field hospital. As a result, Zac expanded the focus of the Mobile Med One Foundation to include disaster relief as a core service. The organization developed and owns a fully stocked 20-bed mobile field hospital, including two procedure rooms. The unit is ready to deploy immediately at anytime and for any reason free of charge. This model allows Mobile Med One to respond fast and light with no red tape in the way.

BACKGROUND

Prior to Midwest Development Partners, Embassy Ventures and EZ Capital, Zac was employed at Lexin Capital where Zac had responsibilities of originating equity investments and joint ventures for the firm across several major U.S. markets. In this role, Zac also had a concentration on new business development and acquisitions. Prior to joining Lexin Capital, Zac was the Director of AmTrust Bank’s (AMT) real estate department as well as the bank’s community affairs department. Zac’s responsibilities at AMT included management of the bank’s equity investments and joint venture partnerships with builders and developers. In addition, Zac directed the purchasing and property management departments of the bank. This included facility management, tenant and landlord leasing, construction management, space management, real estate finance, property acquisitions, and entitlement and development management. Before joining AMT, Zac worked at Trammell Crow Company, as part of their national healthcare team. He had business development responsibilities for the northeast region of the country, with a focus on healthcare facility development

EDUCATION

Harvard University, Kennedy School/Public Health, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative,
2011-2012
University of California, Development Management and Construction, 2002
Loyola University, School of Education – B.S., 2000

ACTIVITIES

MobileMed One Foundation –
Founder / Executive Director
MedWorks – Founder / Chairman of the Board
Coldwell Banker – Board of Directors
Medwish International – Board of Directors

BUSINESS

EMBASSY VENTURES, Cleveland, OH 2012-Present

Partner

LEXIN CAPITAL, Cleveland, OH 2010-2012

Vice President, Aquisitions / Business Development / Development Management

  • Originated equity investments and joint ventures for the firm across several major U.S. markets
  • Concentrated on new business development and acquisitions

AMTRUST BANK, Cleveland, OH 2003 – 2009

Director, Real Estate Investments / Community Affairs

  • Managed the bank’s equity investments and joint venture partnerships with builders and developers
  • Directed the purchasing and property management departments of the bank
    – Including facility management, tenant and landlord leasing, construction management, space management, real estate finance, property acquisitions, and entitlement and development management

TRAMMELL CROW COMPANY, New York, NY 2002 – 2003

Development Manager

  • Business development responsibilities for the northeast region of the country, with a focus on healthcare facility development

TRAMMELL CROW COMPANY, Irvine, CA 2000 – 2002

Development Associate

  • Development management of several of Trammell Crow’s Southern California industrial and office development projects

EMBASSY CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT, Chicago, IL 1998 – 2000

Development Manager

INTERNATIONAL FACILITIES GROUP, Chicago, IL 1997 – 1999

Special Projects Associate