Construction of a Marriott-affiliated hotel began early 2020. The hotel will be six stories and have approximately 155 rooms. In addition to the rooms, the hotel would have a full-service restaurant, coffee shop, gym and other amenities and could serve as a learning space for University of Nebraska-Lincoln students pursuing majors in hospitality, tourism and restaurant management. The hotel will be built near the intersection of 21st Street and Transformation Drive, adjacent to the new Rise Building that just opened last year and across the street from The Mill Coffee & Tea on Innovation Campus. Along with providing lodging accommodations for those attending the conference center at Innovation Campus, the hotel could also be used for businesses located at the park to host clients, and it will be a short distance from the Devaney Sports Center. Construction is anticipated to be complete in February 2022.
After a decade of working in Commercial Real Estate (CRE) as an investor and developer, Zach formed Goldenrod Companies in October 2005 to oversee his own portfolio of assets. Since his retirement from the NFL in 2007 after a 12-year career, Zach has led the acquisition and development of over $2.3 Billion in CRE, currently overseeing $1.1Billion of Assets Under Management (AUM). He began his pursuit of growing his newly formed CRE investment company to focus on creating the best outcomes for investors in the Central US markets.
In 2016, Zach decided to bring his proven track record to the Fund Management sector. Building upon his previous successes, Zach continues to always look at CRE through the eyes of the investor to maximize returns. To oversee this endeavor, Zach started Goldenrod Capital Advisors (GCA) to manage a series of real estate debt and equity funds in conjunction with strategic partners. GCA is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and oversees two closed-end real estate funds with approximately $300 million of capital commitments
Zach attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln where he studied economics. In 1994, he was voted Captain by his peers of the undefeated University of Nebraska National Championship football team, while also being awarded the Outland Trophy, an award given to the best interior lineman in the nation. In 2016, Zach was nominated for the College Football Hall of Fame.
Zach is very proud of the philanthropic endeavors in his community and focuses the majority of his efforts on the health and education of future generations. Zach has served, or is currently serving, on many non-profit boards and has chaired events for The Salvation Army’s DJ’s Hero Awards, The United Way, The Omaha North Magnet STEM School, The Boy Scouts of America, and The Teammates Foundation, along with many other non-profit organizations. Zach is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of Nebraska.