Bob Hurley in SHOWTIME Sports Docuseries

One of our board members is getting his own show. Bob Hurley and the St. Anthony Friars are being followed in a new docuseries presented by SHOWTIME called LEGACY: Bob Hurley. The first of six installments will premiere on Monday, February 20. Want to watch the trailer? All you have to do is press play!

JACK ELLIOTT CHOOSES IPZ

Philadelphia Union Draftee is Newest Addition to InterperformancesUSA

WARREN, NJ, January 23, 2017 – Jack Elliott, the Philadelphia Union’s fourth pick in the 2017 MLS draft, has signed with InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

The London, England, native towers over his competition standing at 6-foot-5. Elliott was a center back and defensive midfielder for West Virginia University and he missed just one match in his four years with the Mountaineers. During his senior year, Elliott led a WVU defense that posted eight shutouts, and he was named to the All-Great Lakes Region First Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), as well as the All-MAC (Mid-American Conference) Second Team.

In addition to his on-the-field success,  Elliott excelled in the classroom posting a 3.96 grade-point-average which landed him three Academic All-American honors. He was the first WVU men’s soccer player to achieve this feat.

Elliott expressed his gratitude to all who have helped to make this possible, “Thank you to the Philadelphia Union for giving me this opportunity,” Elliott said after the draft. “It’s something that I have been working toward for a long time and will continue working at. A great thanks to everyone that has supported me throughout the years.”

“Jack is a physically imposing defender who has the ability to initiate a team’s attack with his great vision and quality distribution,” said Robert Zito, Managing Director of IPZ. “He embraces one-on-one defensive battles, is technically gifted with both feet, and is an extremely intelligent individual both on and off the field. Jack has been a pleasure to work with since our initial contact and we are thrilled to have him officially join the IPZ family.”

Watch Elliott’s highlights from 2015-2016 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 JOINS THE IPZ FAMILY

Philadelphia Union Draftee Chooses InterperformancesUSA for Representation

WARREN, NJ, January 19, 2017 – Aaron Jones, the Philadelphia Union’s second round pick of the 2017 MLS Draft, has signed with InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), the company announced today.

The 5-foot-9 right back hails from Great Yarmouth, U.K. and began his college career at Georgia State University.  He was named to the 2013 College Sports Madness All-Independent Second Team during his freshman year and the 2014 All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team in his sophomore season.

In January 2015, Jones transferred to Clemson University and helped the Tigers reach the Elite Eight. His game-tying goal against UC Santa Barbara in the Sweet Sixteen was featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays. During his senior campaign, Jones tallied three goals, four assists, and 10 points, and Clemson made a return to the Elite Eight.  The program was ranked #1 in the final RPI poll for the 2016 season.

Jones has tweeted to Philadelphia Union fans that he can’t wait to begin his MLS career in the City of Brotherly Love, especially after watching the documentary that brought the Union to Philadelphia, Sons of Ben: The Movie.  “Even more excited to get started with @PhilaUnion after hearing their story #SonsOfBen,” he wrote.

“I’m delighted to join the Union and excited at the direction that franchise is moving,” Jones said. “I had hoped to have the opportunity to play on the East Coast, and there couldn’t be a better franchise than Philadelphia.”

“Aaron is a dynamic defender who reads the game very well,” said Robert Zito, Managing Director of IPZ. “He embraces the defensive aspects of the game, is strong in possession, and has the technical and athletic ability to join in the attack and provide quality service.  These qualities in combination with Aaron’s professional approach on and off the field make us very excited about having him join the IPZ family.”

Watch Jones’ collegiate highlights 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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Media Contact:

Kyrsten Van Natta
(862) 205-9841
kyrsten@ipzusa.com

NJBIZ Features New Biz: IPZ

Zito Partners to form new U.S. company specializing in sports representation

Zito Partners has reached an agreement with Interperformances, an agency that specializes in representing professional athletes, to revitalize basketball’s presence and add soccer and additional sports to the U.S. market.

Under the agreement, Zito Partners will form a new company, InterperformancesUSA, and be the exclusive representative of Interperformances and its athletes in the U.S. market.

InterperformanceUSA will have offices in New Jersey, New York and Florida, and will be led by Robert Zito, founder of Zito Partners, a Warren-based public relations and marketing firm.

Read more here: http://www.njbiz.com/article/20170111/NJBIZ01/170119949/zito-partners-to-form-new-us-company-specializing-in-sports-representation

IPZ Hits the New York Sportscene

Interperformances Expands in United States

Signs Agreement with Zito Partners to Establish New U.S. Company; revitalizes basketball presence and adds soccer and additional sports

SAN MARINO, NEW YORK, and WARREN, N.J., Jan. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ Interperformances (IP), which for 31 years has been one of the leading companies in international basketball, has reached an agreement with Zito Partners to expand its presence in the United States, and add to the services it offers its clients.

Under the terms of the agreement, Zito Partners will form a new company, InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), and be the exclusive representative of Interperformances and its athletes in the U.S. market.

InterperformancesUSA will have offices in New York, New Jersey and Florida and be led by Robert Zito, founder of Zito Partners.

Read more here: http://nysportscene.com/natl-basketball-news-pr-newswire/?rkey=20170111NY85335&filter=4530

 

INTERPERFORMANCES EXPANDS IN UNITED STATES

Signs Agreement with Zito Partners to Establish New U.S. Company; revitalizes basketball presence and adds soccer and additional sports

 

SAN MARINO; NEW YORK; and WARREN, NJ,  January 11, 2017 – Interperformances (IP), which for 31 years has been one of the leading companies in international basketball, has reached an agreement with Zito Partners to expand its presence in the United States, and add to the services it offers its clients.

Under the terms of the agreement, Zito Partners will form a new company, InterperformancesUSA (IPZ), and be the exclusive representative of Interperformances and its athletes in the U.S. market.

InterperformancesUSA will have offices in New York, New Jersey and Florida and be led by Robert Zito, founder of Zito Partners.

“I am excited about Bob’s plans to build and expand our great brand in the United States,” said Dr. Luciano Capicchioni, founder and president of Interperformances. “We have been known as the leading organization to send foreign players to the National Basketball Association and to find non-U.S. opportunities for U.S. players hoping to compete overseas.  Bob’s plan to both grow our basketball footprint, and expand into areas beyond basketball, beginning with soccer, is a natural extension of our firm.”

Founded in 1986, Interperformances has been recognized as a global leader in sports management and representation.  The company represents more than 300 athletes worldwide.

Zito Partners is a marketing and communications firm offering brand-building, crisis and marketing communications strategies for both large and small corporations, as well as individuals.  The company was formed in 2010 by Robert Zito, a former member of the management committees of both the New York Stock Exchange and Bristol-Myers Squibb.  Previously, he helped re-brand Sony as a global entertainment leader after the company’s acquisitions of CBS Records and Columbia Pictures.

“The opportunity to build on the great Interperformances basketball brand is a dream for anyone with my background, and a natural extension for Zito Partners,” said Zito, who started his professional career as a sports writer and who has employed and represented players, the NFL Alumni, auto races, and sports complexes.

InterperformancesUSA will offer a full suite of services for the individuals it represents, and build its brand on the integrity of its people, and the family–centric environment which has defined Zito Partners.

Zito Partners, which has developed brand-building and issues management strategies for its clients, will support InterperformancesUSA talent with personal brand-building, marketing and communications strategies.

The company will not focus solely on basketball. IPZ will launch with both soccer and basketball groups, and will add management functions in baseball, football, hockey, golf and tennis, as well as media and entertainment.

Providing guidance to the firm’s management and its clients will be an all-star Advisory Board, including:

  • Carol Blazejowski, Associate Vice President of Montclair State University, former captain of the U.S. Women’s Olympic basketball team and a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame. Ms. Blazejowski also spent 14 years as President and General Manager of the WNBA New York Liberty;
  • Dr. Luciano Capicchioni, the founder of Interperformances;
  • Armand Del Medico, Senior Vice President, UBS Wealth Management;
  • John Gallucci, Jr., the Chief Executive Officer of JAG Physical Therapy;
  • Richard Grasso, the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Stock Exchange;
  • Bob Hurley, a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame and the legendary coach of St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey; and
  • Col. Jack Jacobs, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and political and military analyst for NBC.  Col. Jacobs is also developing plans for the company’s media & entertainment group.

Jeff Curtin, a former All-American soccer player at Georgetown University and a standout with the Chicago Fire of the MLS, will lead the IPZ soccer group.

Among those leading the IPZ basketball group are Mark Strickland, a retired NBA veteran who also played basketball overseas, Vic Carstarphen, a former standout guard for Temple University, and Tomi Rose, a career entrepreneur and the senior vice president of the sports & entertainment division of Opulence International Realty.

Bruce Kostic and James Sammartino, career advertising industry executives, will help launch the golf and tennis groups, and work on endorsement opportunities for IPZ clients.

“When we formed Interperformances, we envisioned a firm that would support professionals in sports and entertainment, but basketball quickly became our primary focus,” said Dr. Capicchioni.  “The vision of the IPZ team in the United States is consistent with our initial goals and we look forward to working with Bob and his team, and supporting their efforts moving forward, continuing the growth of Interperformances.”

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. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Interperformances:  Interperformances is a full-service agency specializing in the representation of professional athletes around the world.  The company has offices and representatives in 14 countries and represents more than 300 athletes, currently playing in 20 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.interperformances.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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Media Contact:

Kyrsten Van Natta
(862) 205-9841
kyrsten@ipzusa.com