Zach Balle – Hug It Forward

After graduating from college with a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Zach Balle established a successful career in real estate and found himself living the high life. One fateful night at a friend’s over-the-top birthday party in Las Vegas, Zach found himself surrounded by so much extreme wealth and excess that he knew he needed to make a change in his life. Soon after, he quit his job and co-founded Hug it Forward, a program to build schools in Guatemala using plastic bottles stuffed with trash collected from the streets, the mountainsides, and people’s homes. Since Hug it Forward was founded in 2010, they’ve built close to 40 two-to-three classroom schools that impact over 40,000 children, using a quarter of a million bottles and over 100 tons of trash.