Marie Pizano, a native Chicagoan, has called Memphis, Tennessee home since 1999.
Marie has served on several charitable organizations since moving to the Bluff City. She served as a board member of the International Children’s Foundation and the Women’s Foundation for Greater Memphis, and The Commission on Missing & Exploited Children. She was co-founder of the Tiara Tea Society and was the Chair for Go Red for Women.
During her late teenage years, Pizano worked as an aerobic instructor and fitness trainer. She entered into many fitness and beauty pageants that awarded her college scholarships. After graduating from T.F. North High School, she survived a life-changing motorcycle accident, to then attend, South Suburban Junior College for business accounting. She freelanced as a model and actress, then attended the Columbia College for Communications to learn hands-on, film direction, lighting and television presence. To further her experience in business, while attending college, she worked at law firms and worked in the Commodities & Trading industry for over 10 years. She was mentored by Times Magazine “Father of Futures” and one of the most “Influential People in Finance”, Richard L. Sandor. After moving to Memphis, TN she signed with talent agencies and worked in commercial print and television. After becoming a stay-at-home, hands on, mother of two, she started her home based retail business. From her experience as an actor and model, she advanced her skills behind the camera to co-produce several local TV shows in Memphis, to then, create and produce “Girls Night Out” with award-winning film director, Steven Boyle. In 2012, Pizano began working with Nicholas Celozzi and became executive producer of the multi award-winning documentary, “MOMO: The Sam Giancana Story.
Since 2005, Pizano has managed and produced several singer/songwriters. Under the guidance of Pam Lewis, former manager for Garth Brooks, she began learning the music industry while managing the Mulch Brothers, to then sign them with Savannah Music Group in Nashville. She then became an agent for award-winning songwriter, Billy Falcon, to then tour with Bon Jovi. After meeting and mentored by award-winning singer-songwriter, Kenny Loggins, Pizano created UROC music & publishing company to build a music publishing catalog. With her vision to expand, she invested in the Nashville based, Savannah Music Group Publishing.
In 2010, she formed MVP3 Entertainment Group. Under the umbrella, along with UROC Music & publishing company, she formed Zazu & Valentina talent agency and JND Films, LLC. Pizano launched a TV Show called, “The MVP3 TV SHOW: The Making of an Empire” that aired every Sunday on CW30 - Memphis. She produced, directed and choreographed several music videos. She is the author of the book, “From Barefoot to Stilettos, it’s not for sissies” that has inspired the movie, “Barefoot To Stilettos”. Her book was produced into a audio book. It is the first audio book ever recorded at the legendary Royal Studios under the direction of music producer, Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell.
Her book is endorsed by Memphis Tiger Basketball Coach, Josh Pastner, Bishop William Wright of COGIC, Attorney and Mayor of Clarksdale, MS, Bill Luckett and according to the world-known, award-winning actor, Morgan Freeman, her book is, "The first person story of a woman driven to prove that she can."
The co-author of best-selling , Chicken Soup for the Soul series and the Success Principals, Jack Canfield endorsed her book as saying "This is an intriguing, captivating, inspirational story of a woman who just don't take "no" for an answer. Marie Pizano is an example of how you can overcome challenges to live with passion and purpose, and realize your ambitions. Her story can help empower and motivate others to find their Yes."
Her book is now available on Amazon, selling in several book-stores across the country and stocked in several mid-south Walgreens locations. The brand "From Barefoot to Stilettos" merchandise is found online at Tiger Promotions, in several boutiques in Chicago and Memphis. Pizano has partnered with several food and clothing merchants to license and launch the official "From Barefoot to Stiletto" products.
She has partnered with La Monde Productions to produce the major motion picture "Barefoot To Stilettos". She is currently producing a slate of other films, as well. Pizano has partnered with Marvel Comic Book illustrator, Ron Frenz and writers to create “Stiletto: The Powerhouse Baroness”, a comic book/movie. Starting in January 2016, Pizano is launching a radio and morning television segment "Finding your Yes". Under the music label, she recently released several CDs for upcoming Memphis musicians, Mack Rodd, Vanessa Winter, Chris Hill and Jeremiah Tucker.
Most importantly, while running the MVP3 Entertainment Group empire, Marie is a full-time, hands on mother of two. She currently serves on the advisory board of the On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest and NABFEME. Pizano is in process of writing her book sequel, co-writing on several movie screenplays, motivational speaking and partnered with Chicago based, Humanity Rising to spearhead Humanity Rising Memphis, which is an ongoing program that will encourage and inspire students to engage in community service to create a better community, a better world.
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Marie discusses the memoir she wrote and emphasizes on how You can and will you go find your yes.
Building an entertainment powerhouse - what it's like starting a company from a vision and the trials and triumphs
Building a company on truth and integrity, beating odds even as a woman, and no matter what, finding your yes when doors are shut
How to overcome and survive the obstacles of being bullied in the workplace
Jack Canfield, coauthor of best selling series, Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and author of The Success Principals
"This is an intriguing, captivating, inspirational story of a woman who just don't take "no" for an answer. Marie Pizano is an example of how you can overcome challenges to live with passion and purpose, and realize your ambitions. Her story can help empower and motivate others to find their Yes."
Morgan Freeman: Actor, Producer, Director
“The inspiring first person story of a woman driven to prove to the world that she can.”
Pat Halloran, President, Orpheum Theater
Marie Pizano had done an excellent job in creating a company that aroused the interest in our community. She had helped the city start an opportunity to become a center for movie and TV production.
Marie has also established a business model based on a strong ethic and professional operations. She has a wide range of support from those that see her business as a viable investment and important to the community. Marie has a strong character and one that would flourish at any opportunity or challenge that she is presented with. I would highly recommend Marie to anyone interested in her work.
Josh Pastner, Memphis Tigers
“Her open and honest story of her journey through the trenches is a great read, and I would recommend it to anyone in need of a little extra motivation. She embodies qualities that outstanding athletic teams strive for…”
“The encouraging aspects and the transparency is within itself phenomenal. I believe this book has the ability to encourage the discouraged, and renew the “I can do it spirit” of many that will be privileged to read this book.”
Executive Director, Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis
On behalf of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, we are honored to give commendations and recommendation to Marie Pizano as a dynamic leader, presenter and entrepreneur who also has the passion and commitment to infuse philanthropy in all that she endeavor. We are proud to know her as a friend, loyal leader and go get it woman. She has served on the board of directors and let fundraising events to raise dollars to support low income women and children in Memphis.
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