Forty Under 40: Jared Faciszewski

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Class of 2018 Forty Under 40 Jared Faciszewski Partner RZC Investments

Jared Faciszewski sees investing as a unique career that provides the opportunity “to learn about and work with all sorts of different businesses and different industries. No two days are ever the same, and that’s pretty interesting.”

Originally from Marshfield, Wis., Faciszewski graduated with a degree in international economics from Colorado College in 2008.

In 2009, Walmart chief marketing officer John Fleming, an alumni of Colorado College, recruited Faciszewski to work for the company. He held a variety of merchandising roles until 2012 when he left to get his MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

In 2014, Faciszewski returned to Northwest Arkansas to work for the Walton Family Foundation as a program officer, where he was responsible for placemaking initiatives, like developing some of the bike trail infrastructure in the region. Part of that role was thinking forward 50 to 100 years to be mindful of what NWA would be like and what opportunities should be considered. Out of that conversation came the desire to see a “lot more growth in earlier stage ventures, businesses outside of retail, such as transportation” and so RZC, a regionally minded investment platform, began with founders Steuart and Tom Walton. Faciszewski transitioned to partner in 2016.

Focused on growing and diversifying NWA’s economy, Faciszewski said from an industry and investment perspective, he is focused on “building a highly differentiated and effective direct investment platform.” One of his most notable work achievements was RZC’s acquisition last year of Rapha, a direct consumer cycling apparel business based out of London.

Faciszewski sits on the Arvest Benton County board of directors. He also enjoys spending time with his family, time outdoors on bikes and bow hunting.