our leadership

ZP Enterprises was founded for the purpose of acquiring and growing successful industrial businesses in the southeast. Steve Zelnak, Chairman, brings over thirty five years of experience as a business leader, including sixteen years as CEO of Martin Marietta Materials, a leading producer of construction aggregates. Brent Zelnak, President, has over 20 years of investment experience and works closely with our leadership teams to execute growth strategies.


Our mission is to be best-in-class operators in each of our business units. We work closely with our customers to understand their needs and to prioritize investment required to better serve them. ZP Enterprises has significant financial resources to support business operations and to fund growth opportunities.


Steve Zelnak, Chairman


Steve Zelnak was former Chairman and CEO (retired) of Martin Marietta Materials, a leading producer of construction aggregates and , dolomitic lime, and magnesia chemicals with revenue exceeding $2 billion annually. Mr. Zelnak served as CEO of the company from 1993 to 2010 and was responsible for taking the company public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1994. From 1982-1993, Mr. Zelnak headed the company as a division of what is now Lockheed Martin, where he was an elected corporate officer. Since joining Martin Marietta, Mr. Zelnak actively managed over 70 acquisitions ranging from $1 million to approximately $300 million. Over his last ten years as CEO, Martin Marietta was the highest performing company in its industry. In 2008 and 2009, Fortune magazine rated Martin Marietta as the most admired company in its sector. Mr. Zelnak serves as Chaiman of the Board Beazer Homes, a leading national homebuilder.


Mr. Zelnak is active in a number of civic, education and business groups, including having served as Chairman of the North Carolina Chamber, North Carolina Community College Foundation, National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, Peace Board of Trustees, North Carolina Foundation for Research and Economic Education, North Carolina Aggregates Association and the NC State Physical and Mathematical Sciences Foundation. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the College of Management at NC State University and on Georgia Tech's Foundation Board. Mr. Zelnak received a bachelor's degree from Georgia Tech and master's degrees in Administrative Science and Business Administration from the University of Alabama System.


Brent Zelnak, President


Prior to co-founding ZP Enterprises, Brent Zelnak was with ING Investment Management for nearly ten years, culminating in his role as Head of Structured Finance for Proprietary Accounts. In this role, Brent managed a team of nine fixed income traders and portfolio managers and was responsible for investment strategy and credit oversight for a $17 billion asset-backed and commercial mortgage-backed securities portfolio held for investment. Prior to joining ING, Brent was employed by SunTrust bank as a commercial lender.


Brent holds a bachelor's degree in management from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Georgia State. He  currently serves on Georgia Tech's Alumni Association Board of Trustees, slated to serve as Chairman in 2020, and has served in the past on the Advisory Board for the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech. Brent and Amelia have three children at The Lovett School and are active members of Church of the Apostles in Atlanta. Outside interests also include youth sports, travel and photography.


David Crow, Vice President


Before joining ZP Enterprises in 2011, David Crow has served as Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group, the second largest yacht dealer in the USA; Chief Financial Officer of La Dove, Inc., a consumer goods manufacturer; and General Operations Manager/Controller of ZF Marine Inc.-USA, a transmission manufacturer. While in his 25 year career, David has established over 12 new plant/branch locations, conducted several successful acquisition and recapitalization strategies and collaborated, on an international basis, to win production contracts.


David holds a bachelor's degree from West Liberty University. He and his family are members of Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta, GA.


Kurt Zelnak, Director of Marketing


Kurt joined ZP Enterprises in 2012, and serves as Director of Marketing. Prior to joining, Kurt worked over ten years in the film and television industry, for firms including DreamWorks, Universal, Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures. Kurt holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.


Kurt's outside interests include traveling abroad, genealogical research, and participating in Team in Training events supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma society.