Fast 15: Zach Hocker

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Class of 2020 Zach Hocker Associate Cushman & Wakefield | Sage Partners

Zach Hocker’s work ethic paid off in his four years as a professional football player. That continues in his work in commercial real estate.

“Nothing comes easy,” he said. “I’m a true believer in the time and effort you put into something is the only way to get the results you want. I’ve always wanted to be the best at whatever I do, and I understand that comes with dedication and hard work.”

Recruited out of his Russellville High School, Hocker’s dream to play football at the University of Arkansas came true. In 2014, he graduated with a degree in communications and a minor in business. Drafted by the Washington Redskins as a placekicker, he played for several teams during the next four years. “When I was in the back half of my football career, I knew I was meant to do something else,” he said.

As Arkansans, both he and his wife wanted to move home, and in 2017, he began to network for a job in Northwest Arkansas. Hocker met with T.J. Lefler, Sage’s executive vice president, and now Hocker’s mentor, who offered him a job. He took the opportunity and never looked back.

At Sage, Hocker focuses on investment sales, along with both tenant and landlord representation, primarily in retail. He enjoys using his expertise to help clients land great opportunities.

“I can’t see myself doing anything else besides commercial real estate,” he said. “It’s a gratifying industry that forces you to be creative, which is what I love about it. The gratification comes from overcoming an obstacle that’s in your way of getting a deal done. Some deals can take months, even years, to get done, depending on the size of the project. But when they finally get done, it’s a great feeling, and it’s something you’re proud to put your name on.”

Commercial development is an area Hocker is interested in pursuing as he moves forward in his career. “I’m fortunate enough to be with a company that has been exceptional in development, and I’ve loved learning about this side of our industry,” he said.

When not at work, Hocker loves being outdoors, hunting, fishing or hiking. He also enjoys a pickup basketball game, anything to do with fitness and travel.