Zachary Barker

Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Zachary Barker earned the Bachelors Degree of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.  Upon graduation, Zach joined SunTrust Mortgage, served as regional marketing manager and later as a mortgage originator.  In 2003, he was selected Rookie of the Year before leaving in 2005 to pursue his own Nashville-based venture, BarkLoud Marketing, a corporate execution training and marketing management group.  

Zachary’s professional experiences include serving a Business Group Manager for NationLink Wireless (a BlackBerry/RIM Certified partner), Business Director for Advanced Network Solution, as well as Founder of GeauxASL, a Lafayette-based sport and social management company with recent expansions into Austin, Texas.  He currently serves as Executive Director for the Opportunity Machine, an entrepreneur acceleration initiative of Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA), where he has served over 100 startup entrepreneurs in 18 months with over $1M in funding being received by his clients.

Zachary’s passion for community leadership currently drives his service as an executive board leader for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana, in addition to Past President of the705 Young Leaders for a Better Acadiana.  Prior community service includes serving as President of the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce, a 90-year old, 300 member volunteer organization and graduate of Leadership Nashville (LN), as well as serving on the LN leadership team in 2009-10 and work with Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee. 

Zach wed Dr. Nancy Dubuisson Barker, a local Anesthesiologist, in October of 2010 and currently resides in Lafayette.. Zach has also been an active supporter of Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation for the past several years, and offers complimentary RockHabits classes to our members and businesses situated in Upper Lafayette Parish. He brings passion and creativity to our board and we are grateful!

Zachary Barker may be contacted at (337)593-1400 and for more information on the Opportunity Machine, please visit

Opportunity Machine