Entries by Bob Zito

A big thanks to those who have helped the FDNY Foundation

Those of you who know me and our firms know that one of our primary responsibilities is supporting the FDNY and FDNY Foundation.  For 19 years after watching first-hand the dedication of New York’s Bravest after 9/11, and seeing their pain and sacrifice, I believe it is simply the right thing to do.   This […]

COVID-19 vs. 9/11

I sent an email to a client (and friend) this morning, congratulating him on his company’s decision to provide insurance coverage to furloughed workers during the crisis we face today.  I sent that email right after I had an email exchange with a basketball colleague in Italy. He has been in lockdown for several weeks […]

Whatever happened to apologies?

Whatever happened to apologies? I was never a real fan of Alex Rodriguez, even though he did play for Yankees.  But he nailed it in his comments this week about the Astros. There seems to be no remorse. And rather than taking a lesson from other sports in how they handled violations, Commissioner Rob Manfred […]

New GM? Dave Weighs In

Time will tell. OK – you’ve heard that one before. But it’s especially fitting when taking a look at Brodie Van Wagenen being named the New York Mets’ new General Manager. So we decided to talk with our baseball guy, Dave Pepe, about his thoughts. Dave is no slouch to baseball. His dad was the lead […]

First Impressions Go a Long Way

A guy walked into a room… No, not a joke. It’s about first impressions. We deal with clients every day…and meet potential clients regularly. How someone enters a room sets the tone for the meeting. Consider our experience last week. A major American brand exec is late for a dinner meeting. But he is so apologetic […]

Good News to End the Year

The end of 2017 brought some good news to Zito Partners and IPZ. At Zito Partners, Deborah Kostroun has been promoted to Managing Director of our firm. Deborah has done outstanding work for our clients, and her work ethic on their behalf has been exemplary. It is well deserved for the Texas native, who spent […]

Eli Manning and a Lesson in Leadership

(and why 57 years of rooting for this franchise just imploded) Class Act. Important description in any commentary. Eli Manning is a Class Act. No, he’s not the best quarterback; probably far from it. Yes, he’s had some great games…and been the quarterback on two Super Bowl winning teams. But he was the first to […]

The Kids Are Alright

Don’t go looking at the lyrics from The Who’s often-covered song, one that always made me wonder if I was actually listening to The Beatles.  This has nothing to do with that song. Years ago, the firm I was with brought in a college intern from Rutgers.  He was excellent.  So good he was hired […]

Saints Perform Miracles

On large screen televisions in living rooms and bars across the United States Wednesday night, sports fans got to learn first-hand about the “Miracle of St. Anthony,” and the Saint who made it all happen – Bob Hurley. The introduction of Bob (Bob Hurley Wins Best Coach at ESPYS 2017) captured some of the man’s […]

Faith? I Lost Mine Last Week.

I was speaking with a good friend Thursday about the Catholic Church. He’s left it. I’m right behind him. He and his wife gave up when his local parish kept asking for money, and they saw no improvements in their church…the school…or their programs. Turns out the money was going to settlements the Church had […]