Hugh Zaretsky is a real estate investor, entrepreneur, author, speaker and honored Renatus instructor. He describes himself as someone who “took the long road” to real estate investing after enjoying much success in his corporate career.
Hugh began his professional career consulting for Fortune 500 financial services companies. Next, he joined a global leader in the photo industry, rising to the top as one of the youngest directors in the company. While there he became an expert on commercial real estate transactions. He made presentations to Wall Street analysts, executive committees and senior management teams. He successfully negotiated global technology deals with Dell and Microsoft to save the company over a million dollars per year. Hugh also helped lead the technology team to win CIO magazine’s award as one of the Top 100 Agile technology teams for 2004.
In 2005, Hugh left the corporate world for good to launch his own real estate investment and consultant business. Since then, his companies have invested in projects all across the United States and overseas. In 2008, he helped launch an asset-based (hard money) lending company that lends in the NY tri-state area. Currently his companies are involved in all types of real estate transactions, from single family homes to land and condo developments. Hugh helped launch Renatus in 2011. His team has completed many different real estate transactions including a 33 bulk OREO note deal.
Hugh is a graduate of Binghamton University Watson School of Engineering, where he received a degree in Computer Science. Coming from three generations of teachers, teaching and speaking are in Hugh’s blood. He is a certified continuing education instructor in New York, Texas and Florida, and has trained thousands of real estate investors and entrepreneurs all across the United States. Hugh’s real estate and other businesses have given him the freedom to travel to all 50 states. He believes, “Shoot for the Stars and if you only get half way there you will land on the moon.”
Hugh is very close with his family including his nieces and nephew. He is an avid sports fan and soccer player. In 1996, he was invited to try out for the US Olympic Team heading to Atlanta. As a true entrepreneur at heart, Hugh even found a way to get people to pay him to run. One of his philosophies is “You can always Quit, so why Quit now!”