Bill Zito, Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations / Associate General Manager / Alternate Governor
Bill Zito was promoted to senior vice president of hockey operations, associate general manager and alternate governor of the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 13, 2019 after serving as the club's associate general manager since Sept. 6, 2018. He previously served as the club's assistant general manager since joining the organization on Aug. 12, 2013. He brings nearly three decades of experience encompassing a variety of aspects of the game of hockey to the organization.
Since joining the Blue Jackets, he has been an integral part of the club's management team in the areas of contract negotiations, scouting and player evaluation, salary cap management and budgeting. He also is the general manager of the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, that captured the first Calder Cup championship in franchise history in 2016.
Zito served as the general manager of the United States Men's National Team that captured bronze at the 2018 IIHF World Championships in Denmark and was a member of the management team for the Team USA squad that won a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championships.
Zito joined the Blue Jackets after using scouting as a platform to build Acme World Sports into one of the top hockey agencies in the business. In 2013, Forbes ranked Acme as the eighth-most valuable hockey agency in the world with almost $200 million in contracts under management. In 2007, The Hockey News lauded Zito in their "genius" issue for his scouting prowess, noting his ability to uncover late-round or undrafted, lesser-known players as well as the top picks.
As the agency's founder and president, he represented players such as Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas, Vezina Trophy winner Tuukka Rask, Vezina Trophy finalist Antti Niemi and AllStars Kimmo Timonen and Brian Rafalski.
He is a graduate of Yale University, where he played varsity hockey from 1984-87. After a one-year stint playing hockey in Europe, Zito attended law school at the University of Wisconsin and during that time served as an assistant coach for the Badgers hockey team. Upon earning his law degree, he practiced appellate litigation and sports law in Chicago before founding Acme in 1995.
Zito was born on September 16, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Julie, are the parents of twin daughters, Gigi and Frankie, and son, Billy.