Inspirational Entrepreneurs: George Dalton & Anne Zizzo
On December 7, 2008, BizStarts Milwaukee held an Inspirational Entrepreneur event at We Energies honoring George Dalton, founder of Fiserv, and Anne Zizzo, President & CEO of Zizzo Group Marketing.
George Dalton was an extraordinary entrepreneur. Armed with extensive data processing and banking experience, George Dalton founded Fiserv in 1984. Fiserv, Inc. is a Wisconsin headquartered multi-billion dollar worldwide company and a dominant leader in the information technology and financial services industry. He grew the company by identifying, acquiring, and assimilating 92 companies. Mr. Dalton retired from Fiserv in 2000 and that same year he founded Call Solutions, a highly specialized customer contact marketing business. In 2005 he changed the name of Call Solutions to Novo 1 and sold that business in 2009. His numerous awards include being named the Arthur Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” and receiving the Small Business Times Bravo! Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award. When he passed away in 2011, BizStarts Milwaukee named the George Dalton Inspirational Entrepreneur Award after him.
Many have heard of Zizzo Group Advertising + Public Relations, but not many have heard the story of how it started.
Anne Zizzo, President and CEO of Zizzo Group, started her company in her basement after quitting her dream job because of family demands. Her little company continued to grow, thanks to Anne’s dedication to her craft and keen business savvy. After a year, Anne and her seven employees had $7 million in sales.
Anne Zizzo is President & CEO of Zizzo Group Marketing + PR + New Media, the region’s most fearless, results-driven communications firm. She founded the firm in 1995, when she left her post as Marketing Director of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to take care of her terminally ill father. Headquartered in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Anne Zizzo’s firm is one of the Top 9 largest organizations of its kind in southeastern Wisconsin, and represents a variety of clients throughout the United States. Some of Anne Zizzo’s awards include: Regional Spirit Award Winner, BizTimes Milwaukee; Milwaukee’s “40 under 40”, Milwaukee Business Journal; and Communicator of the Year Association for Women in Communications.
Now, her “Future 50” company, named as one of Milwaukee’s best places to work has a well-respected, national client roster, including the Milwaukee Brewers, Fifth Third Bank, U.S. Cellular, U.S. Bank Championship, and Marquette University. In 2007, Zizzo Group had $40 million in billings.
Anne’s secret is her motto – be fearless.
Both George Dalton and Anne Zizzo were founding Board members of BizStarts Milwaukee.