STACK is a multimedia company that provides credible and reliable information, tools and services to help active sports participants get better at the games they play and the lives they lead. Since its founding in 2005, STACK has continually launched new products and services to meet the needs of athletes and fitness enthusiasts, helping them improve not only their on-field performance but also their off the field lifestyle and entertainment habits.
STACK was created by Nick Palazzo and Chad Zimmerman in 2000, while they were both playing football in college—at Harvard and Carnegie Mellon, respectively. As serious athletes, the two were continually frustrated by the lack of credible sports performance and training information.
Nick Palazzo, Co-Founder/CEO.
A 2003 cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Nick compiled a distinguished athletic and academic record. As a running back, he finished among Harvard's all-time leading rushers and scorers, earning the Vic Gatto, Buzz Crain and Henry Lamar Awards during his career. Academically, Nick was honored as a Harvard Scholar, Holland Scholar, Harvard's nominee to the National Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame and Academic All-Ivy League.
Since his graduation, Nick has served as STACK's CEO, overseeing the Company's sales, marketing and business development operations and establishing and maintaining relationships with more than 50 blue chip marketers and over a dozen strategic partners. With his unique insights into the mindset of high performing and highly motivated athletes, Nick provides feedback and perspective to marketers, creating relationships that go beyond advertising and sponsorship.
Chad Zimmerman, Co-Founder/President & COO.
In 2004, Chad earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from the prestigious Carnegie Institute of Technology, ranking among the top student-athletes at Carnegie Mellon University. An All-America and All-Region honoree in his senior year, Chad was a team captain, four-year starter at offensive guard and three-time First Team All-Conference selection. Academically, he won the Enterprise Award with Special Distinction from The Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and the Senior Leader Award from the Carnegie Mellon University Faculty.
Upon graduation, Chad became STACK's President & COO. Since 2005, he has built STACK's editorial team, which powers all of its content properties. Leveraging his knowledge of sports performance and the mentality and attitude of athletes, Chad ensures that STACK's content is authoritative, that it accurately conveys the message of its expert contributors, and that it speaks authentically to the athletes who trust and rely on it. STACK's sports performance content is enthusiastically embraced by its consumers, by the hundreds of professional experts who contribute, and by its advertisers and marketing partners.