William Schlacks

What they do: Head of Product and Engineering
Where they do it: EquipmentShare
How they contribute: Guest Speaker

Willy Schlacks is the president of EquipmentShare, a peer-to-peer platform for contractors to lend equipment to one another. With more than 16 years in the construction business, Schlacks and his brother, Jabbok, created the company at Startup Weekend in Columbia, Missouri. Soon after, they moved their company to Silicon Valley for three months to experience the Y Combinator.

Willy’s great success with EquipmentShare comes from his impressive entrepreneurial background. He created his first business when he was 15 years old, and since then, he has started nine more companies across a variety of industries. Highlights of his notable career include Schlacks Construction, a large commercial and industrial contracting business; North American Service and Supply, an e-commerce equipment wholesaler; and TheONE KTV, an Asian-inspired karaoke bar.

Willy is a life-long Missouri native. He, his wife, and their three kids currently reside in Columbia, Missouri.