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The One Club’s Tony Gulisano, Legendary Figure in Global Creative Community, Dies at 70

28/03/2022
Associations, Award Shows and Festivals
New York, USA
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A memorial fund has been established to benefit the club’s ONE School and ONE Production diversity programs, and be shared with Tony's family

It is with deep sadness that The One Club for Creativity announces the passing of dear colleague and friend Tony Gulisano, global chief growth officer, who died suddenly in New York on March 25.

Tony, 70, is a legendary figure in the global creative community, where during his 40 years at international awards programs he forged close professional and personal relationships with thousands of top creatives around the world. 

He entered the industry in 1982 with the Clio Awards, where he spent 26 years and served as managing director.  After four years of consulting with London International Awards, he joined The One Club in 2015.  

Tony played a key role in growing international visibility and industry involvement for the nonprofit organization’s global programming.  He helped start and run the club’s ONE School free portfolio program for Black creatives and ONE Production diversity program, as well as its monthly “A Creative Perspective” video series featuring the views of some of the industry's most interesting and celebrated creatives.

He played a significant role in annual jury selection for The One Show, ADC Annual Awards, and One Asia Creative Awards, and was pivotal in assembling 21 global creative leaders to serve on the club’s latest International Board of Directors, announced last week.

“Tony was one of the most influential people in the creative community who never looked for the spotlight himself,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO, The One Club. “He was the absolute nicest, most selfless person who never asked for anything except how he could help others, which he did over the past four decades for so many creatives around the world.  I’m very fortunate to have had Tony as a close colleague, trusted confidant and advisor, and very dear friend.  Our deepest condolences go out to his family, we will miss him greatly.”

In his honour, The One Club has established the Tony Gulisano Memorial Fund.  Donations will go to support the club’s ONE School and ONE Production programmes, as well as shared with his family.

The One Club will pay tribute to Tony at The One Show 2022 awards ceremony on May 20 during Creative Week in New York, and host an event for the industry to celebrate his life in the summer. In the meantime, The One Club will be collecting and sharing memories from Tony’s galaxy of friends in the industry. If you’d like to contribute your own 'Tony tale' — many likely including his “you can’t make it up!” catchphrase — please reach out to Brett McKenzie, The One Club’s Content Manager, at brett@oneclub.org.

Services will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at 11:00 am at Saint Anthony of Padua church in New York.

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