|Born||1968 (age 46–47)
Roslyn, New York, United States
|Education||justice, law, and society|
|Alma mater||American University (B.A., 1990) |
|Occupation||Vice Chairman of Marquis Jet|
|Spouse(s)||Sara Blakely (Founder of Spanx) (m.2008)|
|Parent(s)||Daniel & Elese Itzler|
Jesse Eric Itzler (born 1968) is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, endurance athlete and former rapper. He is the co-founder of Marquis Jet, one of the largest private jet card companies in the world, the Founder of The 100 Mile Group and partner in Zico Coconut Water.
Early life and education
He was born in Roslyn, New York in 1968. He is the son of Daniel Itzler, an inventor, and Elese Itzler, the president of the Roslyn Board of Education. Itzler earned his bachelor's degree in 1990 from American University. He later obtained a degree in justice, law, and society.
Itzler wrote and sang the New York Knicks theme song "Go NY Go" and wrote original songs for more than 50 other professional teams. Additionally, Itzler wrote and sang the Emmy Award-winning song "I Love This Game" for the NBA. He released his debut album Thirty Footer in Your Face on the Delicious Vinyl label using the pseudonym Jesse Jaymes in 1991. He co-wrote songs for various artists including Tone Lōc. His first single "Shake It Like A White Girl" reached 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1991 and was featured in the soundtrack of the 2004 movie White Chicks.
In 2001, Itzler co-founded Marquis Jet, one of the largest private jet card companies in the world. Itzler served as the company’s Vice Chairman until the company was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway, parent company of NetJets, in 2009. Itzler was a partner in Zico Coconut Water, a coconut water company acquired by Coca Cola in 2012. Additionally, Itzler co-founded Alphabet City Sports Records with his friend Kenny Dichter. The record company is known for mixing classic arena songs with highlights of historical play-by-play calls for professional sports teams including the Wizards, the Mavericks, and the Lakers. In 1998, the company was sold to SFX.
In November 2006, Itzler ran 100 miles non-stop for charity. Following the run, Itzler founded the 100 Mile Man Foundation, a platform to raise money with a different 100-mile event every year. It has raised over $3 million to date for a variety of charitable causes including a new Collel Chabad children's kindergarten in Rishon LeZion, Israel. including a new Collel Chabad children's kindergarten in Rishon LeZion, Israel. The foundation hosted the "City to the Sand" 100 mile bike ride from New York City to The Hamptons in 2009. The event raised over $1 million for several charities and inner-city children. Additionally, the 100 Mile Man Foundation is a brand incubator and marketing agency that fosters start-up brands. Itzler played in the 2009 Maccabiah Games on the USA Masters Basketball team.
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