KELLON THOMAS SIGNS WITH IPZ

IUPUI Guard Chooses to be Represented by InterperformancesUSA

WARREN, NJ, May 15, 2017 – Kellon Thomas, a key player for the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Jaguars this past season, has signed with InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

The 5-foot-11 guard returned to his hometown of Indianapolis, IN, to finish out his collegiate basketball career after playing three seasons at Kent State University. As a junior for the Golden Flashes, Thomas led the team in minutes played (31.5 mpg), assists (81), three-pointers made (45), and free throws made (106), while being the only player to start all 32 contests. Thomas’ 12.3 points per game was second best for Kent State.

While a senior at IUPUI, Thomas averaged 9.5 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.1 rebounds per game. He scored a single-game career high of 25 points against the University of Omaha when Thomas was a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line on February 8, 2017. Thomas’ 85 assists were second best on the team and his 90 percent accuracy from the stripe was 14th best in the country.

“I chose IPZ because I have heard great feedback from other coaches and players [about them],” said Thomas. “Their staff works really hard for their players and I like their family atmosphere. I am beyond excited to start my professional career while with InterperformancesUSA.”

“Kellon is a smart player who has a natural ability to score the basketball,” said Jeff Curtin, Managing Director of IPZ. “Kellon has a bright future and we are thrilled to sign a player that shares the values we share as a company.”

Watch highlights from Thomas’ senior year here.

 

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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KATIE FRERKING SELECTS IPZ

SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Will Be Represented By Interperformances®USA

WARREN, NJ, May 11, 2017 – Katie Frerking, the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a mainstay in the Auburn Tigers’ lineup since her freshman year, has chosen to be represented by InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

Standing at 6-foot-1, Frerking has the ability to play at both the guard and forward positions. Frerking, whose hometown is Johns Creek, GA, was nominated to play in the 2013 McDonald’s All-America game. In the fall of 2013, Frerking began her collegiate career with Auburn and became only the fifth freshman in the previous 10 years to start the season-opener.

In Frerking’s junior year, she averaged 11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. These stats helped land her on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in the 2015-16 season. She also earned this honor the following year as a senior. Additionally, Frerking was named the 2016-17 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as receiving All-SEC Defensive and Second Team honors. The combo player led the Tigers with 15.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.6 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game, to go along with 3.0 assists per contest.

Frerking left her mark in Auburn’s record books with these top 20 rankings in program history: #4 in games played with 130, #5 in three-point field goal attempts with 518, #6 in steals with 236, #7 in three-point field goals made with 147, #12 in assists with 307, #17 in rebounding with 627 boards, and #18 in scoring with 1,271 points.

“I chose InterperformancesUSA because I felt that they were the best people to help me in beginning my professional career,” said Frerking. “I could tell from my very first conversation with Shawn that he really understood my game and was excited about the possibility of representing me. I was definitely looking for an agency that not only was best-suited to help me in the basketball realm, but also an agency that was full of great people. Everyone I’ve worked with so far at IPZ has been that. I’m excited about the opportunity to continue my basketball career and certainly excited to be teamed up with IPZ.”

“Katie is one of the most underrated players in the SEC; I love watching her play,” said IPZ’s Managing Director of Basketball Shawn Farmer. “She can flat out play the game and her basketball IQ is off the charts. With her size and versatility, Katie will be a valuable asset to her future professional team.”

 

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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IPZ Team Gets Together To Celebrate Students

Members of the IPZ leadership team and board of advisors attended the annual Cento Amici scholarship dinner.

Cento Amici (100 Friends) is a community-based, member organization dedicated to providing need-based scholarship assistance to qualified students in New Jersey. Its mission is to enhance the educational opportunities for those who need it most and who are most under-served by existing need-based programs.

Read more about Cento Amici here: https://centoamici.org/

MIAH SPENCER PICKS IPZ

All-ACC First Team Selection Chooses InterperformancesUSA for Representation

WARREN, NJ, April 18, 2017 – Miah Spencer, point guard for North Carolina State University and a First Team All-ACC selection this past season, has signed with InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

Hailing from Decatur, GA, the 5’8 guard broke into the Wolfpack’s starting lineup in her freshman campaign and never looked back. As a sophomore in the 2013-14 season, Spencer was named a captain. She was then awarded All-ACC Second Team honors in her junior year as she posted a season stat line averaging 14.1 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per contest.

In Spencer’s final year with the Wolfpack, she averaged 12.8 points, 4.8 assists, and 4.6 rebounds per game. These numbers earned her All-ACC First Team honors. She had her best scoring performance of the 2016-17 season against Texas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 19, when she poured in 31 points.

Spencer is the only player to have scored more than 1,500 points and dish out more than 450 assists in NC State history. Throughout her four years with the Pack, Spencer played in every contest which landed her at #6 in the school’s record books with 129 games played. The point guard also ranks in the top 15 in six other categories: #1 from the stripe with 428 free throws made, #4 in passing with 496 assists, #4 in getting to the line with 545 free throws attempted, #5 from beyond the arc where she shot with 36 percent accuracy, #12 in scoring with 1,585 points, and #13 in steals with 185.

“I signed with IPZ because I know that they have my best interest in mind,” said Spencer. “Everything about them is so genuine and real, nothing is sugar-coated. I’m very excited to start my professional career and cannot wait to see what the future holds.”

“Miah has a promising future and her best basketball is ahead of her,” said Shawn Farmer, IPZ’s managing director of basketball. “She is a tremendous leader on and off the court. Miah is a high-caliber player who blooms where she is planted and will succeed wherever she lands. Any organization would be thrilled to have her.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com. 

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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TYRELL NELSON CHOOSES IPZ

All-Big South Honoree Signs with InterperformancesUSA

WARREN, NJ, April 13, 2017 – Tyrell Nelson, a forward who was a double-double machine for Gardner-Webb University, has chosen to be represented by InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

The 6-foot-7 Charlotte, NC native has received honors since his freshman campaign when he was named to the Big South All-Freshman Team in the 2013-14 season. The following year, Nelson was recognized on the NCCSIA All-State Second Team. Nelson earned Second Team All-Big South Honors in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

In the forward’s senior campaign, he averaged 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Over his collegiate career, Nelson posted 25 double-doubles and broke into the top 10 of Gardner-Webb’s record books. He ranks #5 in rebounding with 870 boards, and #8 in scoring with 1,651 points.

“I chose IPZ because of the complete team they have,” said Nelson. “They have people who are good at their job and know the right people to make my dreams of becoming a professional basketball player, a reality. I put my complete trust in them.”

“Tyrell is a solid and dependable forward,” said IPZ Managing Director of Basketball Shawn Farmer. “His size allows him to overpower defenders in the paint and get to the basket, as well as position himself in order to secure rebounds. Tyrell has a bright future ahead of him and IPZ is thrilled to have him.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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ALEXUS COOPER SIGNS WITH IPZ

InterperformancesUSA Grows with Addition of Eastern Kentucky Guard

WARREN, NJ, April 4, 2017 Alexus Cooper, a standout guard for the Eastern Kentucky Colonels has chosen InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) for representation, the company announced today.

Hailing from Rocky Mount, NC, the 5’8 guard was named to the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2015-16 as a junior. In her senior season, Cooper was named to the 2016-17 CoSIDA All-District Team.

On her senior night, Cooper tied her career-high of 26 points connecting on eight of 12 three-pointers against Tennessee Tech. Cooper put together an impressive senior campaign, as she ranked in the top 15 of five categories among OVC leaders. Cooper ranked #4 in minutes played averaging 34.3 per game, #5 in three-point field goals made per game with 2.4, #8 in steals per game with 1.6, #9 in three-point percentage shooting 36%, and #13 in scoring, averaging 12.7 points per game.

“I’m so excited to be working with IPZ,” said Cooper. “With such promising success, I couldn’t imagine being elsewhere to begin my professional career. I know they only want the best for their athletes; I’m fortunate to be a part of the IPZ family.”

“I’ve had the luxury of working with a lot of basketball players over the past 15 years, but Alexus is one of – if not the – most hard-working and intelligent athletes I’ve worked with,” said Shawn Farmer, IPZ’s managing director of basketball. “Alexus has outstanding character and I look forward to seeing what her future holds.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs.  For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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KELILA ATKINSON JOINS THE IPZ FAMILY

InterperformancesUSA Represents Wake Forest Guard

WARREN, NJ, March 31, 2017 – Kelila “KayKay” Atkinson, a 5-foot-10 guard out of Wake Forest University has chosen to be represented by InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

Atkinson is a native of Woodbridge, VA, and began competing with the Deacons in the 2013-14 season. In her collegiate debut on November 22, 2013, Atkinson tallied 20 points, five rebounds, two blocks, and two assists.

Unfortunately, Atkinson suffered setbacks due to injuries and was unable to compete during the 2015-16 season and was subjected to limited playing time in her senior campaign.

During Atkinson’s senior night on February 26, 2017, “KayKay” put up 15 points, brought down six rebounds, and had two blocks against the Louisville Cardinals. Over Atkinson’s career at Wake Forest, she shot 41 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc.

“As I leave the chapter of college and enter into the workforce, I aspire to do my best,” said Atkinson. “I want to be the best competitor, team player, friend and advocate that I can possibly become. I want to inspire youth in any capacity that I am capable. I want to enjoy every moment of being a member of IPZ. Their motto embodies what I value…Family. Integrity. For Life.”

“Kelila is the whole package, not only is she an outstanding athlete, but an amazing person as well,” said IPZ’s Managing Director of Basketball Shawn Farmer. “I watched Kelila play prior to her injuries, and WNBA scouts were raving about her. She is an exceptionally talented player whose college career was interrupted by injuries, but is now healthy and will be a productive player in the pros.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs.  For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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Hurley Family Values…IPZ Family Values

As the University of Rhode Island Rams play their second round matchup of the NCAA Tournament versus the Oregon Ducks tonight, the IPZ family is rooting for Rhody! Coached by Dan Hurley – son of IPZ Board Member Bob Hurley – URI earned its way to the tournament by winning the A10 Championship a week ago, and advanced to the round of 32 following their 84-72 victory against Creighton in the first round of the tournament on St. Patrick’s Day.

Hurley family values: Rhode Island batters and beats Creighton in NCAA tournament

SACRAMENTO — Hurley spent his formative years learning basketball from one of its greatest teachers: his father, Bob Hurley Sr., the Naismith Hall of Fame coach of the legendary St. Anthony High Friars in Jersey City. And while the Friars have produced plenty of big-name players over the years — including Dan and his brother, Bobby — the fundamental values of the program have never changed: namely, that basketball games are won through ferocity, intensity, physicality and a commitment to defense.

Those are the values Dan Hurley has taken with him to the various stops in his own coaching career, beginning at St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey, which he turned into a national power, before spending two years at Wagner College and then heading to the University of Rhode Island in 2012. Those are the values that propelled the Rams on Friday to their first NCAA tournament victory since 1998.

With his father and his brother Bobby watching from the stands, Hurley’s Rhode Island team, the No. 11 seed in the Midwest Region, battered and bruised No. 6 Creighton on its way to an 84-72 victory in the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 18 years. The Rams advanced to face No. 3 seed Oregon on Sunday for spot in the Sweet 16 and a trip to Kansas City next weekend.

“I think we’re built in the image of my family,” Hurley said. “Obviously, we’re all very intense, very passionate about basketball, very passionate about helping young people develop. And I think we also … this team reflects a little bit of the city I grew up in, Jersey City.

Read the full story here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/03/17/hurley-family-values-rhode-island-batters-and-beats-creighton-in-ncaa-tournament/?utm_term=.1a41fb49b95d

JACK ELLIOTT SIGNS WITH THE PHILADELPHIA UNION

IPZ Athlete Signs His First Professional Contract

WARREN, NJ, February 27, 2017 — Jack Elliott has signed an MLS contract with the Philadelphia Union, who selected Elliott as their fourth overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft in January.

“We are excited to welcome Jack to the Union as he officially signs an MLS contract and joins our centerback group,” said Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart. “When you look at Jack, the first thing you notice is his height, an asset that we believe will serve him well as a professional. He is a good passer who reads the game well. He has performed well in preseason and we look forward to working with him this season and beyond.”

“To go from playing in England, come through college and to make it here has been a dream come true so far, best I’ve felt in a long time,” said Elliott, the London, England native who played collegiately for the West Virginia University Mountaineers.

“It is terrific to see a player’s dream come to fruition and we are pleased to see Jack sign his first professional contract with a first-rate club like the Philadelphia Union,” said Robert Zito, Managing Partner of IPZ, which represents Elliott. “We are thrilled for Jack as he officially begins his professional career.”  

Read the Union’s official release about Elliott’s signing here.

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs.  For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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AARON JONES SIGNS WITH THE PHILADELPHIA UNION

IPZ Athlete Inks First Professional Contract with the MLS

WARREN, NJ, February 24, 2017 — Aaron Jones has signed an MLS contract with the Philadelphia Union, who selected Jones as their second overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft in January.

“We are pleased to sign Aaron to an official MLS contract,” said Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart in a team press release. “Aaron has impressed throughout his time with us in preseason camp, displaying quickness, his ability in passing and on free kicks, and his aggressive one-on-one defending. We look forward to bringing him aboard officially and tracking his development at the rightback position over the years to come.”

Following Philadelphia’s official announcement of his signing, Jones, a native of Great Yarmouth, England who played collegiately at both Georgia State and Clemson, tweeted his gratitude towards the Union. “I’m over the moon to have finally signed my first professional contract with such a great organisation. There are plenty of hours of hard graft ahead but I can’t wait to pull on the Navy & Gold of the Philadelphia Union and help the team be successful in any way possible.”

“We are delighted to see Aaron sign his first professional contract with a top-notch organization like the Philadelphia Union,” said Robert Zito, Managing Partner of IPZ, which represents Jones. “It is wonderful to see a player’s hard work pay off and we could not be more excited for Aaron as he embarks on his professional career.”

Read the Union’s official release about Aaron’s signing here.

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs.  For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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