This year OED is recognizing and celebrating Frederick County’s young professionals who are leaders in their industry, give back to the community and add significant value to their company and its culture. Join us as we get to know our Top 50 Under 40.
Zachary Helmick, 30
7340 Executive Way Suite D, Frederick
Zach was born and raised in Frederick County. He grew up in Jefferson, and went to Middletown schools. His family started Metlfab back in 1977. Zach started helping out when he was a kid, and in 2006 became part owner. His grandfather has since passed, but his dad now runs the day to day, while he assists in that, his main focus is managing the finishing department.
Name one award you are most proud to have received.
The award that stand out most, is our company being in Fredericks Top 50 the last 3 years!
What is your experience with volunteering and civic engagement?
We're currently working with the school board to set up an apprentice program. Our main goal is to get kids back into trades, get their hands dirty, and show them there are other options besides college.
What was your first job?
My first job was running drawing's back and forth through the plant.
What do you like to do for fun in Frederick County?
I actually like to lay pretty low. We have some property that I like to go shoot guns, fish, and just relax. When I go out, I like to spend my time at Fredericktown Yamaha, Stumpy's or some of the local restaurants.
Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?
I would say my dad has had the biggest influence on me. It took me awhile to see that, as when your young you don't want to listen to them. In the last 2-3 years, I’ve finally started to soak up everything I can, and ask as much as I can.
What is your favorite leadership book?
I don't really read any "Leadership Books," but some business books that were good: Money, Start with Why.
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success and why?
I would say organization, and my will to try new things. I hate when people say "we've done it this way forever, why change?" Trying something new on this job might not work, but you never know what you can take from what you learned and use it for something else.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would like to see myself more in the day to day operations. During COVID we hired people, so once things get back to normal, I see us bringing even more jobs to Frederick County.