Jersey-born and California raised, Robert Sarzo Jr., has 25 years of experience in startup development, executive management, finance, nutrition supplement development, B2B sales, strategic marketing, and corporate acquisitions. Robert earned his BA in Business Marketing at the University of Southern California, along with a Minor degree in Nutritional Science. He then went on to receive his MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Throughout Robert’s career, he has created, launched, and managed Fortune 500 marketing campaigns. He has produced concert productions for companies including AEG Entertainment, Clear Channel, The Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, and Live Nation. Robert was the founder of “SME” Sarzo Management Entertainment, ranked in the top 10 most prestigious entertainment management and event firms in the US and was acquired in 2010.
Robert pursues health and wellness in both his personal and professional life. An avid fitness guru, Robert has a daily fitness regime and pursues health and fitness in his personal and professional life. Robert has achieved many nutrition certifications. He has completed his ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer Certificate through the International Sports Science Association, and a Certified Organic Nutritionist through the Nutritional Education Institute. Robert decided to master his nutritional education by completing an additional 1000 clinical hours and graduating top of his class from W.V.O.C. Robert grew up playing baseball and played NCAA baseball as the shortstop for the USC Trojans Team 2. His interest in martial arts includes 24 years of Muay Thai fighting experience and a 2nd-degree black belt in Taekwondo. Robert also enjoys competing in Mud Runs, training in parkour, rock climbing and other extreme sports.
Robert has gained success in a diversity of businesses. He has been a corporate franchise owner with brands like GNC Heath Stores, Jamba Juice, Health Food Vending Machines, and Eco-friendly laundry mats throughout Southern California.
Philanthropy is an important part of Robert’s philosophy and he has devoted much of his free time to helping non-profit organizations. He has raised more than $16 million for 501(c)(3) nonprofits that help animals, breast cancer, the growing homeless population, and mental health organizations. He has been a motivational youth speaker at The Barry Nidorf Juvenile Detention Center, and the California Youth Authority.
Robert was the creator and Executive Director for “The YES Foundation” better known as Youth Education for Success, a California 501(c)(3). Robert was instrumental in the Say YES to Financial Literacy, a financial literacy program that was utilized by 27 LAUSD high schools throughout southern California. In 2016, Robert was recognized by his ongoing hard work and was awarded the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award for California by President Barack Obama. Robert was also awarded The California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition by Assembly Women Gloria Negrete McLeod 61st district. On December 22, 2015. Robert received the City of Los Angeles Certificate of Appreciation Award for his instrumental role with the Tom Bradley Family Source Center. In addition to helping others, Robert enjoys his role as a father and resides with his family in Calabasas, California.