Zack Ballinger is a motivational speaker, CEO, and career consultant. He's the founder of www.topthehotseat.com. He speaks on topics including career development, leadership, job interviewing, passion & purpose, overcoming obstacles, leadership, and sales.
Zack Ballinger is Amazon’s Bestselling author of, The Hot Seat: How to Meet the Challenge of a New Era of Job Interviewing.
For 14 years he’s helped high schools, colleges, non-profit organizations, corporations, and companies reach their true potential and discover purpose & passion. He’s spoken to thousands of students and professionals at conferences, colleges, companies, seminars, and training events.
Featured regularly at The University of Tennessee, Zack has also been featured by: The Huffington Post, NBC, CBS, Southern Digest, Tri-City Times, Morgan County News, Central Michigan University, Jane Jackson Careers, and several other key outlets.
He's a dynamic speaker that can relate to anyone from students to working professionals needing a boost of energy. From the stage Zack brings a passion that is contagious, an energy that’s undeniable, and innovative ideas that work in today’s new complex world.
Zack holds a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Tennessee. Zack has 14 years of experience in sales, leadership, motivational speaking, training, and career development. He resides in Atlanta, GA.
"Zack was very accommodating, professional, and exceeded expectations. I would recommend him to others and will keep him in mind for future events." -Marie R, Event Planner, Private Organization
“Thank you for your inspiring and informative session this morning. I appreciate your presentation style and inclusive manner of engaging others”. -Dr. P, Professor, Volunteer State Community College
“Zack, is a natural leader and his humble yet engaging personality allows him to set the room at ease and take control to deliver clear and impactful presentations.” -Bobby W, Director of Business Development, Entera Health“
"Zack connected well with the audience and provided solid examples to assist students with the interview process. He had students participate in a role play activity which proved to be effective. Thank you, Zack, for helping the students at Milligan College!” -Beth A, Career Services Director, Milligan College
“Our Students truly saw Zack as a professional in his field and trusted his insights and expertise on these topics. Not only were our students actively engaged throughout the presentation, but many lingered afterwards to ask more questions. We would love to have Zack return to campus in the future due to how well this presentation went! Thank You Zack!” -Kelly K, Career Development Professional, Fairleigh Dickinson University
“Zack’s motivational talk was an eye opener somewhat to me because I want to make sure that my life is meaningful. I want to make sure that the dash between the two years on my headstone mean something, whether it is to my own self or to my future kids and grandkids”. -Autumn R, Student, Dryden County High School
“He really made me look at life in a different way. What he had to say was really heartfelt and made me realize how precious life is and how quick it can truly be.” -Carmen T, Student, Dryden County High School
“Thank you for taking the time to speak to Penn States students! The students were engaged throughout and had many questions to ask. I would also like to thank you for taking the additional time to stick around following the presentation and address individual questions the students had. Those interactions are so important to our students’ learning! You provided great insight in a down to earth format in ways that the students could relate!”
-Patricia G, Career Counselor, Penn State University“
Thank you for speaking to some of our students. I am grateful for the time and effort you took to share your thoughts and experiences. Since those students are preparing to apply for internships, your information was very timely. In fact, one of the students expressed how valuable this interviewing workshop was to her. “Before this workshop I was extremely nervous about going out to interview for an internship position. Now I feel more confident in doing so.” Your interest in our students was appreciated.” -Anna A, Assistant Director of Career Services, Penn State University
"We have had Zack come in twice and he has been outstanding! We found Zack to be a great presenter! He really knows how to connect with this generation of students. I would recommend Zack come in and present with any set of students on a college campus!" -Daniel P, Career Consultant, The University of Tennessee
Zack is a phenomenal speaker and his presentation was very informative to our state employee’s career development. I highly recommend him as speaker, facilitator, or trainer for any organization looking to learn.”
-Justan S, President, Tennessee Correctional Association
“Zack was an impactful, motivational speaker at our annual business meeting. Our staff left motivated, inspired, and challenged!”-Napoleon C, CEO, The House of Ing“
“Zack’s presentation was compelling and essential for interviewees at any stage in their career. The job world has gotten more competitive and the author provides great tips to stay fresh and separate from others in the process.”
-James K, former hiring manager, Pfizer“
Zack was a great trainer, teacher, and a fantastic small group facilitator. He served as our trainer at my past company. He has the unique ability to hold the audience’s attention while teaching information. Zack has the ability to captivate and engage audiences anytime he speaks. I highly recommend him for any event.”
-Wendy S, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Johnson & Johnson
“Hi Zack! I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you so much for coming out and sharing such valuable info with us. I also thought it was so great of you to stay after and talk about salaries, Linked In, and that you answered my many questions without even blinking. I know that I am going to take all of the things you said to heart and I know that I will be glad that I did :). Thank you for the encouragement and the advice! You are a super guy!” -Student, Dalton State Community College
"I have and will recommend Zack for any speaking event; he is the real deal."
-Gene C, Recruiter 21st Mortgage and past TACE president
"Thanks again for taking time out today to educate JU students on the importance of interviewing...the right way."
- Jeff M, Associate Director, Career Resource Center Jacksonville University
"I just wanted to say thank you again, for spending a portion of your Wednesday afternoon on our campus to help students ace their future interviews! You had a very engaged group, and they clearly appreciated the information and advice you shared in your presentation."
-Heather M, Assistant Director, Career Services Central Michigan University
"Thank you for coming to Hope's campus and sharing your passion for interviewing with our students. Your masterful grasp of the subject, your dynamic presentation style and your ability to engage effectively with your audience made for a sparkling program for our students."
-Dale A, Associate Dean, Director, Career Development Center, Hope College