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Omnipop was formed in 1983 as a personal appearance agency for bands and comics when Bruce Smith teamed up with Ralph Asquino and Tom Ingegno. The company quickly established itself as Long Island's premier booking agency and became synonymous with the burgeoning cover band market of the 80's. In 1990, under the direction of Bruce Smith, they opened an office in Los Angeles and steadily built a roster of theatrical talent that saw Omnipop emerge as a 'player' in both Hollywood and New York.

Click on a member of our staff below for their bio

Pictured Left to right:
(back row) Jenna DiPaolo, Ralph Asquino
(front row) Bruce Smith, Barbara E. Klein, Tom Ingegno

East Coast Office Personnel

Ralph Asquino
E-mail: ralph@omnipop.com
Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude from Buffalo State College with a degree in Art Education, Ralph landed a teaching position with the Westbury, New York School District where he taught for a year. Realizing that music was his true passion, Ralph resigned his position to follow his heart and pursue a career in the music business. Ralph’s real interest was writing music and he wrote over sixty songs, many of which he recorded. Nevertheless, performing in cover bands was also enjoyable and it certainly helped pay the bills. Ralph performed as a lead vocalist/guitarist in many bands, the most successful of which was a Beatles tribute band called The Mystery Tour, which performed extensively throughout the Northeast corridor in the early 80’s. At the same time, Ralph landed a position as an agent with a local talent agency. It is there that he met Bruce Smith, who was working there as an agent. Bruce actually managed The Mystery Tour and was instrumental in the band’s success. Ralph and Bruce both left the employ of that agency, eventually teamed up, and Omnipop was formed. Their partner Tom Ingegno joined them shortly thereafter. The three have been together ever since…twenty-five years.
     
Barbara E. Klein
E-mail: barbara@omnipop.com
Barbara's previous work related experience includes broadcast media buying at Wunderman, Ricotta & Kline (Y&R subsidiary), a direct response agency, with clients including Time Inc., Sports Illustrated and Money Magazine. Her responsibilities were negotiating & buying commercial time at television stations across the country. She was the lead vocalist in various New York bands & orchestras for decades (clubs, weddings,corporate dates and sessions) while simultaneously working at Omnipop for 19 years (started 1988) as a talent agent and loving every moment of it! Barbara's overall philosophy: Never lose the excitment of discovering and witnessing a truly talented individual.
     
Tom Ingegno
E-mail: tom@omnipop.com
Tom Ingegno is a graduate of St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania where he majored in English Education and minored in Theatre. He has been a booking agent since 1972 where he started in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Aquarian Associates, Inc. During that time, he worked with bands as an agent until he left Pittsburgh in 1977. From 1977 to 1985, he was a manager of a recording group who had three albums which he co-wrote and co-produced. In 1985, he joined Omnipop and returned to booking bands. He is currently the manager of the east coast office of Omnipop and is the head of the east coast theatrical division. Tom is responsible for the placement of Omnipop clients in film, television and commercials.
Jenna DiPaolo
E-mail: jenna@omnipop.com
Studying dance from a very young age, Jenna joined her first dance company at the age of 14. She studied classical ballet and modern dance at the Nassau County Cultural Arts Center, as well as attending University of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Performing all over New York and the Philadelphia areas, she studied with Ruth Andrien, principal dancer and "premier restager" of the Paul Taylor Dance Company and tap legend LaVaughn Robinson. She also performed at the prestigious Merriam Theater under the direction and choreography of Brian Sanders, principal dancer of Momix and Pilobolus and founder of the JUNK Dance Company. Jenna has happily been working with Omnipop since 2002.
     

West Coast Office Personnel

Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith is a graduate of Queens College, Queens, New York where he was a communications major. He was the founding member of the 60's Tribute Band called Kivetsky with whom he performed for ten years. From 1979 to 1983, he worked as a booking agent for a Long-Island based talent agency where he was responsible for band placement in the northeast United States. In 1983, he started Omnipop and remained in the east coast office until 1990 when he opened the west coast office. He is the president of Omnipop and is head of the west coast office. He is responsible for the placement of Omnipop clients in film, television and commercials.