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Zach Schmidt is a Sales Executive for Horton’s Select Business division. He is responsible for providing hospitality clients with comprehensive, cost-effective, and innovative solutions to meet their most complex, risk-related challenges and opportunities.
Zach brings 12 years of hospitality experience to Horton, which gave him a unique insurance perspective from the point-of-view of an owner/client. His years of managing a variety of restaurants, clubs and bars have prepared him for handling a wide range of risk management scenarios that can arise in a venue, and he knows what factors to prioritize when it comes to choosing the right insurance coverage.
“Now is a great time to be in the insurance industry – especially in Chicago,” he says. “The city has many risky and high liability situations occurring every day and the protection we can provide is needed. The extensive knowledge and wide variety of resources we offer paired with our amazing carrier partnerships also makes Horton both a great agency to work at and to work with.”
Throughout the years of working in sales and service, Zach has learned the importance of putting the customer first. He prides himself on going the extra mile to ensure his clients are happy and brainstorm out-of-the-box ideas to serve their needs.
“Doing some of the job or putting in some of the effort doesn’t allow you to reach your full potential,” he says. “In my creative process I believe in trying new things – new recipes, new activities, talking to new people…you can’t be creative by recycling the same old ideas.”
Zach grew up in Willowbrook, Illinois and currently resides in the city of Chicago. When he’s not working, you can likely find him in the kitchen – he loves cooking all types of cuisines and creating new flavor combinations. He also enjoys traveling, listening to R&B/hip hop music and playing in a summer softball league.

Fact File:

  • DePaul University  (Chicago, IL): Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations & Advertising
Professional Background
  • The Horton Group
    Sales Executive (June 2022 – Present)
  • Joy District – 8 Hospitality
    General Manager (July 2021 – June 2022)
  • Federales – Four Corners
    Assistant General Manager (July 2018 – July 2021)
  • Flagship Tavern – Ambiance Refined
    General Manager (September 2016 – July 2018)
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