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.
Bob Zito has more than 30 years’ experience as a brand communications and advertising and public relations executive in the sports, financial, pharmaceutical and entertainment industries. As the Executive Vice President and member of the Management Committee of the New York Stock Exchange, Zito built the NYSE’s brand into one of the most respected in the world. He is best known for bringing television to the NYSE trading floor, and creating the daily “must-see” events of high-powered newsmakers ringing the opening and closing bells, creating global visibility for NYSE-listed companies and member firms.
As Sony’s Vice President of corporate communications, he helped rebrand the company as a global entertainment leader following Sony’s acquisitions of CBS Records and Columbia Pictures.
During his time as Chief Communications Officer and a member of the Management Committee of Bristol-Myers Squibb he guided the successful ‘Together we can prevail’ brand campaign, which focused on the company’s mission to help patients prevail over serious diseases. In all three roles, Zito handled many crisis communications assignments ranging from criminal issues, to business interruptions, to executive transitions.
At Zito Partners and Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito has helped companies with similar crisis engagements, helping CEOs and Management Committees with critical business and personal issues. Zito served as the Chairman of the Board for Pcubed, a global project and program management consultancy, serves as Vice Chairman of the FDNY Foundation, and serves on the boards of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Cento Amici. He was also responsible for the New York Stock Exchange and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundations. In 1998 he started the NYSE Fallen Heroes Fund, and in 1991, the Zito Family Scholarships at St. Peter’s Prep.
He is a graduate of Fairfield University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. A 1998 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Zito continues to be a guest lecturer at Rutgers University.
Managing Director + Soccer
Jeff Curtin is the Managing Director of IPZ & Soccer. As a former MLS player, Curtin brings a wealth of soccer experience in the youth, collegiate, and professional environments. Curtin’s business background in project management combined with his vast soccer knowledge provides valuable and unique insight to our clients. He connects easily with athletes who appreciate his calm demeanor, knowledge, and strong work ethic.
Prior to joining the IPZ team, Curtin had a successful playing career. Curtin attended Georgetown University, where he was a four-time All-League Selection and All-American. Following his collegiate career at Georgetown, Curtin was drafted #14 overall in the 2006 Major League Soccer Super Draft by the Chicago Fire. Curtin was a member of the Chicago Fire team that won the US Open Cup in 2006. After two seasons of playing for the Fire, he moved on to play for D.C. United for the 2008 season.
During Curtin’s time as a player and following his retirement from the MLS, he gained experience in scouting talent, as well as conducting both coaching and training clinics for numerous top level youth clubs including the youth development programs of the Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union. His brother, Jim Curtin—also a former MLS player—is currently the head coach of the Philadelphia Union.
Jeff Curtin holds a B.S. in Business Management from Georgetown University.
Client Sponsorship Manager
Josh Rouse works on the IPZ team as the Client Sponsorship Manager. He graduated from Ithaca College in May 2022 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Sport Management and Sport Marketing. He is a creative young professional that has a passion for sports marketing and helping athletes build their personal brands.
Josh’s tenacious work ethic has helped IPZ continue to grow their client roster and has helped our athletes find unique sponsorship opportunities. His background and extensive knowledge of the sport industry will be an asset to IPZ in research, meetings, client relationships, and more.
NBA and FIBA Agent
Tony Dutt is the Managing Director of the IPZ Sports Group with special attention towards building the basketball group. Dutt is a certified NBA and FIBA agent with over 30 years of experience representing professional basketball players. Throughout his career, Dutt has negotiated more than $1 billion in guaranteed NBA contracts for his clients – most notably being Rashard Lewis’ six-year $118 million deal inked in 2007.
In addition to Lewis, Dutt’s clients have included: Karl Malone, Shawn Kemp, Derek Anderson, Nick Van Exel, Antonio Daniels, Adrian Griffin, Avery Johnson, Brandon Bass, Raymond Felton, Markieff and Marcus Morris, and Justin and Jrue Holiday.
Dutt’s negotiation experience has enabled him to form close long-standing relationships with coaches and GMs across the NBA. He has also had success placing players overseas and has negotiated tens of millions of dollars in deals internationally.
Additionally, early on in Dutt’s sports career, he recruited and assisted in the representation of numerous athletes within the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB).
Dutt served on the NBAPA Agent Committee while the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was created. The well-respected and knowledgeable sports industry leader earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Northwood University.
Brian Robinson is a retired professional basketball player and has joined IPZ’s basketball group as a consultant. Robinson competed overseas for teams based in Portugal and Brazil from 2005-2008.
Before taking his talents overseas, Robinson found major success during his collegiate career at Assumption College. He is the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer (1,907 points) and rebounder (1,027 rebounds).
Since the conclusion of his playing days, Robinson has kept physical fitness at the forefront of his career. He is a certified coach in strength and conditioning, personal training, and nutrition (level II), among other things. Robinson works out of The Live Well Company located at 256 West Street, New York, NY.
Robinson holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and English from Assumption College.
James C. Sammartino has more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and sports management. His background includes advertising sales and marketing at GOLF Magazine and golf.com, as well as publisher of Men’s Fitness Magazine. In addition, Sammartino has held management roles at Guideposts (founded by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of “The Power of Positive Thinking”); MAXIM, maxim.com and the Reader’s Digest Association.
Sammartino is on the vestry of Christ Church in Short Hills, and the Board of Cento Amici, a non-profit that raises scholarship funds for New Jersey high schools and colleges. In addition, Sammartino is a member of the New York Athletic Club and Essex County Country Club in West Orange, NJ.
Sammartino received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Latin American Studies from Tulane University.
Technology Specialist + Digital Media
A graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology, Georgeanna Walker is a digital specialist for IPZ. Walker also works for Zito Partners and has been part of its original team since 2011. With her agency experience, she builds, installs, and administers websites for IPZ clientele and provides technology training and guidance for IPZ. She also develops digital assets and marketing collateral for IPZ and IPZ clientele.
Walker is passionate about technology and values education. She actively volunteers for Cento Amici, a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting education in New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Technology.
Board of Advisors
Carol “The Blaze” Blazejowski
Carol “The Blaze” Blazejowski is best known as a trailblazing women’s basketball player who was a three-time All-American (1976, 1977 and 1978) during her time at Montclair State University.
Following her record-setting tenure in college, Blazejowski became the leading scorer on the 1979 U.S. Women’s National Team that won the world championship. A year later, she was chosen for the U.S. Olympic Team as a captain (Blazejowski was an alternate on the 1976 Olympic Team), but due to the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics, “The Blaze” was unable to take the court.
Following her playing career, Blazejowski served as NBA director of women’s basketball programs and director of licensing for NBA Properties, Inc. She then spent 14 years as president and general manager of the Women’s National Basketball Association’s New York Liberty. In this capacity, she built one of the league’s most successful franchises, with 10 playoff appearances, three Eastern Conference Championships, and four appearances in the WNBA Finals.
In 1994, “The Blaze” was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame, she is also a member of Montclair State University’s Hall of Fame.
Blazejowki is now the Associate Vice President for External Relations and University Advancement at Montclair State University. She oversees the university’s efforts in the areas of communications, marketing, community relations and events.
John Gallucci, Jr.
John Gallucci, Jr. The dynamic President and CEO of JAG Physical Therapy, John Gallucci, Jr., MS, ATC, PT, DPT, is in demand for his expertise in injury prevention, rehabilitation, sports medicine and athletic conditioning. He has appeared often on radio and television, including ESPN’s award-winning “Outside the Lines”, MSG Varsity, NJ News 12, WFAN and is a popular public speaker.
Gallucci has made a major impact in his fields throughout the New York/New Jersey area, and holds a national presence in the sports medicine community. JAG Physical Therapy now offers comprehensive orthopedic outpatient centers in West Orange, Warren, Cedar Knolls, Union, Hackensack, Woodbridge, Fairfield, Old Bridge, Holmdel and Princeton, New Jersey, as well as Sleepy Hollow, Yonkers, Hawthorne, and New York, NY.
Gallucci is the former Head Trainer of the New York Red Bulls MLS team and is a Sports Medicine consultant for professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, and USA Wrestling. John has also worked in the Athletic Departments of Columbia University, New York University and Long Island University, and has been a Clinical Instructor at Columbia University, Seton Hall University, Rutgers University, and Dominican College. John is the former Program Director of Barnabas Health’s Sport Medicine Institute and also serves as an appointed member of New Jersey Governor Christie’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport. Professional athletes around the world, members of the Forbes Billionaires List, America’s Civil Servants, and the everyday person have all sought the knowledge and expertise of John Gallucci, Jr. In the local community, John’s charitable efforts have included a leading role in the fundraisers for Barnabas Health, The Valerie Fund, The LaConti Child Life Fund, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Arthritis Foundation, and The American Cancer Society. He supports more than 60 high schools, college programs and athletic clubs throughout the Tri-State Area.
Richard A. “Dick” Grasso
Dick Grasso, the founder of Gladiator Holdings, is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Stock Exchange (1995-2002), guiding the Exchange to the most successful years in its 223-year history. During his tenure, the NYSE became the world’s most respected equities market, boosting its market share to 84% and setting annual records for new listings, IPOs and transfers. A champion of the small investor, Grasso brought unparalleled transparency to the marketplace. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, Grasso’s leadership was instrumental in the successful reopening of the U.S. equities markets.
Grasso currently serves on the Advisory board of root9B, a dynamic provider of cyber security, and previously served as a Director of publicly-traded Computer Associates, and Home Depot.
Grasso also currently serves as Vice-Chairman of The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, the Nassau County Police Crimestoppers, and serves on the Board of Wagner College. He also served as chairman of the Economic Club of New York, the YMCA of Greater New York, and Junior Achievement of New York, and vice chairman of the National Italian American Foundation. Among other philanthropic activities, Mr. Grasso has founded the American Dream Foundation, and has served on the boards of the New York City Police Foundation, New York State Troopers Foundation and the New York City Public Private Initiatives, among other organizations.
Bob Hurley Sr., President of St. Anthony High School, has guided, mentored, and coached students, student athletes, faculty members, staff, parents, and stakeholders at the school for over 40 years.
A Jersey City native, Hurley played high school basketball at St. Peter’s Prep in and college basketball at St. Peter’s College, both in Jersey City. Hurley and his wife Chris have three children: Bobby Jr., former Duke University and NBA star, current Head Basketball Coach at Arizona State University, Dan, former Seton Hall star, current Head Basketball Coach at University of Rhode Island, and Melissa, who is an Elementary School Teacher in the Jersey City Public School System. Hurley is a highly motivated and involved, community-oriented leader. He worked as a Hudson County Probation Officer for 28 years receiving numerous awards and retired from Probation in 2001. He then moved to the position of Director of Recreational Services for Jersey City and retired in 2008.
In August 2010, Coach Bob Hurley, Sr. was the 2nd High School Coach in history to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
He’s been the Head Coach for St. Anthony High School in Jersey City for 44 years. His career record stands at 1162-119. He’s captured 28 State Parochial titles, four National titles (1989, 1996, 2008, 2011) and eight undefeated seasons (1974, 1989, 1996, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2016). Hurley achieved his 1000th win on February 2, 2011.
Hurley is #3 on the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Association) list of coaches with the most wins in boys’ basketball history (behind #2 Morgan Wootten, and #1Robert Hughes).
Seven of Hurley’s players have gone to the NBA: David Rivers (LA Lakers, 1988), Bobby Hurley (LA Kings, 1993), Terry Dehere (LA Clippers, 1993), Roderick Rhodes, (Houston Rockets, 1997), Roshawn McLeod (Atlanta Hawks, 1998), Tyshawn Taylor (Brooklyn Nets, 2012), Kyle Anderson (San Antonio Spurs, 2014). Two former players have made it to the Major Leagues in Baseball: Willie Banks (Minnesota Twins, 1987) and John Valentin (Boston Red Sox, 1989).
Hurley is about helping kids. Mentoring, teaching, guiding, caring, serving, Coach Hurley is a blessing for St. Anthony High School and has been for nearly half a century.
Col. Jack Jacobs
Col. Jacobs served multiple tours of duty in Vietnam and is one of the most highly decorated soldiers from that era. He was awarded three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts, and the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration.
His Colby Award-winning memoir, “If Not Now, When,” was published by Penguin in 2008. He currently holds the McDermott Chair of Humanities and Public Affairs at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Col. Jacobs was an on-air analyst for NBC News, where he was an Emmy nominee in 2010 and 2011 and a recipient of the 2011 Murrow Award for his work on the Nightly News segment “Iraq: The Long Way Out.” and continues to serve as a military analyst for NBC/MSNBC.
Col. Jacobs was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of AutoFinance Group, and is currently a principal in the Fitzroy Group of London. He is Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, and serves on the Board of the National World War II Museum. Col. Jacobs also serves on the Board of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, which aids the families of troops and law enforcement officers killed in action.
He received both his B.A. and M.A. from Rutgers University where he studied international relations.
Tracy Murdoch O’Such
Tracy Murdoch O’Such is the Managing Partner in the New York office of Diversified Search. Her responsibilities include the management of the firm’s New York office and its global Media, Entertainment & Sports Practice. She has extensive experience in executive search as well as direct industry experience in large mediaconglomerates.
Before joining Diversified, O’Such founded and was President of LexMedia Solutions, a retained executive recruitment firm specializing in the media industries. Previously, she was with Cablevision Systems Corporation where she built the first in-house executive recruitment department. In 1997, O’Such established the global Entertainment, New Media & Sports practice for Norman Broadbent International, a London based search firm. She began her career in search with Bishop Partners, a New York based media search firm. Earlier, she worked in sales and marketing for the entertainment, cable, communications, and publishing industries.
The convergence of media and technology industries has broadened her client base to include: Comcast, ESPN, WWE, Charter Communications and Geeknet, just to name a few.
O’Such received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire.