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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

SPORTS AND FAMILY

It’s amazing the things we remember.

I was 12 years old, playing first base for the CJ Murphy team in the Bayonne Little League championship game.

Tommy Wise, who was a great basketball and baseball player (later played briefly for the Montreal Expos), was on the mound for us. It was the bottom of the 1st, and after a walk and a strikeout, the next batter, a right-handed hitter, swung late on one of Tommy’s fastballs and hit a line drive down the first base line.

In one of the easiest plays someone could ever be handed, I caught the ball moving toward the bag, stepped on first and completed an unassisted double play.

The first thing I did? Looked into the stands to see my dad, making sure he had seen it…and it was a moment we could share.

Dad used to come to my games…whatever the sport or level. We would go to games together, watch games on television together, talk on the phone about games together.

I loved it…and later loved it, albeit differently, as I watched my daughters compete in their rec, high school and — for one — college sports. I never wanted to miss a game (even if I didn’t completely understand those fencing matches, or field hockey games…and softball was a bit tedious). But soccer and basketball were great to watch, and I penciled in those dates on my calendar as soon as the schedules came out.

So given the opportunity to team up with Interperformances, a leader in the basketball world, it was too good to pass up. And now, as the exclusive US representative of Interperformances, we’re fortunate that so many great people are lending their talents and knowledge to the new company, InterperformancesUSA (or IPZ for short).

And for some insight into the reason we did this, check out “The Barn,” a special place for our family.

Interperformances has been a powerhouse in the basketball world; our goal is to build on that prowess, and build a bigger and stronger entity in the United States. We’re off to a fast start…and hope you will all wish us luck as IPZ grows, based on integrity, family, and life.