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Ken Jacobs, ACC, CPC, an experienced consultant and certified coach, is the principal of Jacobs Consulting & Executive Coaching, which serves agencies, companies, senior leaders, executives and managers in the corporate communications, public relations, advertising and marketing space.

He has helped agencies grow and manage business, improve client service and relationships, and enhance staff performance, communications, and leadership skills, and has empowered communications CEOs, presidents, executive vice presidents and senior vice presidents to achieve and surpass their goals since 2007.

Jacobs holds Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credentials from the International Coach Federation (ICF), and is accredited as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Energy Leadership Index (ELI) Master Practitioner by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).

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Testimonials

  • Annie Heckenberger
    "Ken is high-level strategic thinker who is also a great teacher. He recently led a sold-out session for Social Media Club Philly & PRSA Philly, which led to a robust discussion that the audience stretched for more than an hour beyond the meeting. Ken also does an excellent job asking the critical questions that help you think through approaches to PR, keep your team motivated and make you laugh really hard. And I don't know about you, but I don't think there are enough laughs these days."
    Annie HeckenbergerVP, Group Director, Brand Communications Strategy, Digital Health
  • Eric Yaverbaum
    "In my 25 years in this business running agencies, I have never worked with anyone as consistently right and as insightful as Ken. Whether it was advice that was effective at agency management or someone with the experience to tell you what you may not have seen on your own, Ken is in a league of his own. From training to growing business organically to being the 'secret weapon' in winning new business, Ken is worth triple what he bills. If you want to run better brainstorms or enhance client profitability, you could not choose someone with a better track record."
    Eric YaverbaumPresident of Ericho Communications
  • Ken Hunter
    "I’ve found Ken Jacobs’ executive coaching approach highly effective, because he’s helped me to better focus and empower myself to achieve my leadership and business goals. He encourages his clients to create a vision of success, identify the issues impeding their desired achievements, and focus on removing those impediments. In addition, Ken has helped me consistently focus on my highest-priority actions, thereby accelerating goal achievement. I’m extremely confident he can help you, too, whether you’re a business owner or corporate executive."
    Ken HunterPresident and Chief Strategist, The PowerStation Communications
  • Barbara Goldberg
    "We recently worked with Ken for a client service agency retreat and his insight was 100% spot on. His 'Five Star' client service received five stars from our staff."
    Barbara GoldbergCEO at O'Connell & Goldberg
  • Steve Guberman
    "Ken delivered an inspiring and riveting presentation on client service at the November 2010 JSPRAA Networking Lunch. Ken was able to keep our crowd of about 40 marketing professionals engaged by delivering content in a creative manner. His delivery is personable, bringing everything to a personal experience on how customer service works in certain ways. As President of JSPRAA, I would certainly bring him back in the future to speak for our group. Ken's presentation was wonderful and he's a professional guy both in the way he presents himself and ensures that his presentation goes off without a hitch."
    Steve GubermanVice President, Creative and Digital Services at R&J Strategic Communications Former President, Jersey Shore Public Relations & Advertising Association
  • Tom Garrity
    "Ken is a top rate consultant and has been a part of The Garrity Group success. Because of that connection, I had a chance to introduce Ken for his 2016 presentation to the Counselors Academy of the Public Relations Society of America leadership breakout, 'Discover The Leader In You: Nine Critical Actions For Leadership Success.' His presentation and connection with the attendees was strong and the event was a success."
    Tom GarrityOwner, The Garrity Group
  • Ronna Reich
    "Ken is a fantastic coach. He understands the complexities of our business and thoughtfully applies his coaching skills to help our agency leaders reach their goals and get the outcomes they desire from their teams."
    Ronna ReichRonna Reich Founder at INK & ROSES
  • Beth Kitzinger
    "I have known and trusted Ken for a long time so it was a no brainer to invite him in to train my entire team. The workshop he led was the hit of our retreat and the feedback from staff at all levels was A+. We not only had fun in the session but learned a lot of useful real world skills and essential in the comms business management tools."
    Beth KitzingerFormer Managing Director, Fenton Communications
  • Domenick Cilea
    "Ken's workshop on Five Star Customer Service offers interesting perspective on building client relationships and most importantly earning their trust. It is an interactive workshop where all participants can improve their respective skill sets personally and professionally."
    Domenick CileaPresident, Springboard Public Relations
  • Filomena Fanelli
    "I was fortunate to attend Ken's 'How to Start Winning More Business. Now!' presentation at PRSA’s Counselors Academy Spring Conference. Ken's talk was ground breaking and his targeted approach to winning new business really got me thinking. If you’d like to know if it made a difference, rest assured, it ABSOLUTELY did."
    Filomena FanelliCEO/Founder, Impact PR & Communications, Ltd
  • Megan Driscoll
    "Ken has been invaluable during a year of incredible professional transition for me. He has provided helpful advice on varying professional topics, as well as taught me how to dig deep to use skills that I wasn’t even fully aware I had to overcome obstacles. Ken made what could have been an incredibly tough year instead a year of rewards and learning. I would highly recommend Ken."
    Megan DriscollAgency Founder, Evolve MKD
  • Lynette Hoy
    "I had the pleasure of meeting Ken and experiencing his expertise during his presentation at the CAPRSA Pre-Con on 'How To Start Winning More Business, Now!' for 2016 in May. His ability to touch everyone in the room with his presence drew me in, and how he went about looking at issues we as business owners all face in PR and then narrowed down what could be done right away to solve some of these issues was fantastic. I started the conference eager for more because of Ken. I learned a great deal and look forward to more in the future. Ken is down to earth, funny, empathetic and a great teacher. I recommend him highly as a speaker and a coach. Thank you Ken, for your organic and down to earth approach. It is addicting!"
    Lynette HoyFire Chief, Founder and CEO, Firetalker PR
  • Patrice Tanaka
    "I have known Ken Jacobs for more than 20 years as an esteemed colleague in PR, a valued provider of PR training and coaching to our agency, and as a dear and trusted friend. I cannot recommend him highly enough as a person of great integrity, compassion, creativity and as a brilliant PR educator and trainer. Ken's training sessions always receive the highest marks because he really connects with his audience based on his personal experience and track record in creating award-winning PR campaigns, developing high-performing teams and building business for his agencies. The highest rated training session ever done at our agency was one that Ken presented at CRT/tanaka's annual retreat in 2010 entitled, 'Delivering World-Class Service.' One of the many reasons I admire Ken is that he is doing exactly what he most loves and does better than anyone else: developing and implementing training programs and coaching that provide high-value to PR professionals and their organizations."
    Patrice TanakaChief Joy Officer, Joyful Planet LLC, former Senior Counselor, Padilla/CRT, former Co-Chair, Chief Creative Officer, CRT/tanaka
  • Esther Buchsbaum
    "Ken Jacobs is a highly skilled professional and an exceptional presenter. I was fortunate enough to hear Ken speak at our most recent PRGN global meeting in Santa Monica earlier this year. His workshop on 'How To Create A Client Service Culture At Your Agency' was not only insightful and eye-opening, it encouraged us to take those best practices and apply them in our firm. As a result we have seen changes in team attitude, heightened levels of participation and it has created a new air of excitement and anticipation for the future of our agency. I highly recommend Ken as a speaker, consultant and all around fine gentleman. He is a joy to work with."
    Esther BuchsbaumPresident and Co-founder of energi PR/RP
  • E. Blake Jackson
    "I had the privilege of working with Ken as my leadership coach earlier this year, and he did not disappoint. During our time together, Ken helped me identify both strengths and opportunities for development, then worked closely with me to outline actionable steps for growth as a leader in the communications industry. Several months after the end of our engagement, I consider Ken a great mentor, partner and friend. I would highly recommend him for leadership coaching."
    E. Blake JacksonDirector, Corporate Communications, Walmart, formerly Vice President, Digital, Saxum
  • Evelyn Calleja
    "I am happy to recommend Ken and do so heartily! He is an extremely knowledgeable trainer. His knowledge of PR and affable manner is a winning combination and help make his training sessions interesting, easy to follow and fun."
    Evelyn CallejaPresident and Co-Founder, The Business Within
  • C. Renzi Stone
    "I hired Ken for some professional coaching to me and my top leadership as well as overall consulting on how to grow our business and improve our services for our clients. Ken was courteous, professional and had deep knowledge in the areas we needed expertise. I highly recommend his skills."
    C. Renzi StoneChairman and CEO, Saxum (Integrated Marketing Communications Agency)
  • Cindy Riccio
    "Ken is an expert communications professional with keen insights that have helped CRC grow as a young agency and thrive as a result of his dedicated and strategic focus on our marketing and business development efforts. Ken's years of experience running independent and global agencies are a valued source of direction for CRC that has proven helpful with both organic growth and new business."
    Cindy RiccioPresident and Founder at CRC (Cindy Riccio Communications, Inc.)
  • Tom Coyne
    "Ken has done a great job on numerous training programs for members of our staff. He has created classes ranging from writing to media relations to organizational skills. He is always well received and staff benefit from his vast knowledge of the public relations industry. If you are looking for trainers for your PR -- Ken would be a great choice!"
    Tom CoyneFounder, Coyne PR
  • Bryan Harris
    "Ken is a valued partner to our agency. His keen insights, diverse experience and collaborative approach make for a very successful formula. The training he provided on client service was a welcome addition to our professional development curriculum."
    Bryan HarrisCOO & Managing Partner, Taylor

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