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Thuzio provides an online platform that connects the public with professional athletes who have achieved the highest levels of excellence in their profession. This includes current and retired players from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, as well as Olympic Medalists, WTA, ATP, PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour professionals.

Thuzio Pro’s provide a wide variety of experiences including coaching, social dinners and lunches, game watch and analysis, corporate speaking, client entertaining and events, celebrations including Birthday parties and Bar Mitzvah’s, flag football, golf outings, and charity event hosting and auction items.

Thuzio has launched the sports category and is expanding into other categories including Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle and Business.

The company is backed by a number of strategic investors with deep experience in each of those categories.

Mission

Thuzio helps the public connect to professional athletes and other talent for unforgettable experiences. We make it easy to book it online by providing clear pricing, handling all the communications, payments and logistics with the talent, and ultimately ensuring a great customer experience.

Thuzio makes it simple for the talent to reach the public via our online platform, choose the types of experiences they would like to provide, and do it when and where it is convenient for them. We enable the talent to maximize the value of their brand by providing online marketing services, handling payment and managing all communications and customer service.

Who We Are

Thuzio’s Team, Board of Advisors and Talent Ambassadors work together to ensure that we create the best possible customer and talent experience.

  • Team: Backgrounds in expert networks, professional sports, E-commerce, elite athlete coaching and local market development.
  • Board of Advisors: Deep domain expertise in sports broadcasting, professional team management, technology, league operations, and talent agency management.
  • Talent Ambassadors: Athletes who have competed at the highest levels of their sports, managed professional teams and become well respected by their peers.

Team

Mark Gerson Co-Chairman/Founder

Mark Gerson is the co-founder and co-Chairman of Thuzio. He is also the co-founder and co-Chairman of the Gerson Lehrman Group, which enables its clients to learn about a diverse array of business subjects by connecting them with experts in the specifically relevant fields.

Mark is also the co-founder and Chairman of the African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), which enables primary healthcare throughout Africa -- by supporting the work of the Christian medical missionaries who provide so much of the treatment of patients throughout the continent. AMHF supports maternity care, AIDS clinics, TB treatment, pediatric orthopedic services, dental care, the training of physicians and surgeons and much more in South Sudan, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and elsewhere in Africa.

Mark is also the International Chairman of United Hatzalah, which is a distributed network of volunteer first responders in Israel. By activating the first responder closest to a trauma (heart attack, accident, choking incident or stroke), United Hatzalah volunteers can arrive at a victim's side in those first minutes that separate life from death. The work of United Hatzalah is described here.

Mark is also the author of many books and articles on subjects including intellectual history, education, basketball and the Biblical Jonah. He lives in New York City with his wife, Rabbi Erica Gerson, and their three children.

Tiki Barber Co-Chairman/Founder

Tiki has a wide variety of professional experiences including being a three time Pro Bowl Running Back during his ten year career with the New York Giants, as well as many other roles as an author, TV analyst, businessman and corporate spokesman. Tiki’s work includes being a correspondent for NBC News and Sports, Sirius Satellite radio host, author of nine children's books, and a director at First Global Xpress, an international shipping company.

Tiki graduated from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, concentrating in Management Information System (Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society) prior to being drafted by the Giants in 1997.

Jared Augustine CEO

Jared has more than 10 years of operational experience leading technology startups with a focus on local commerce marketplaces. Jared was an early employee at Seamless.com, where as a senior executive he led market expansion efforts helping to grow the company from an early stage local business into an international presence and industry leader. Jared also spent time as vice president with Group Commerce, leading sales and operations responsible for generating deal supply for the publisher client network.

Jared graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Business Administration.

Jarrod Jordan VP, Business Development

Jarrod has been involved in the sports business for over 20 years. He has held leadership positions with Chelsea Piers, the Dallas Stars and the New Jersey Devils. Jarrod is also a Gerson Lehrman Group Advisory Council Member and is Global Industry Expert focused on sports business strategy. His business accomplishments have been featured on ESPN, The Tennis Channel, CNN and FOX News.

Jarrod is on the Governing Board of "New Jersey Needs You" and has a Bachelor's of Science from Columbia University in New York City.

Mark MacDonald Manager, Talent Platform

Mark joined Thuzio after wrapping up a professional basketball career in Europe. While pursuing professional basketball he gained experience in the digital world working for GoLocal24 as a member of the founding team and as the Director of Social Media. Prior to Europe and GoLocal24, Mark volunteered for a year with Americorps VISTA for Up2Us, a national coalition of sports based youth development programs.

He graduated from Brown University in 2008 with a degree in Political Science and was elected captain of the varsity basketball team.