Patricia Stark Joins IPZ to Head Media & Entertainment Practice

Will Join Col. Jack Jacobs in Helping IPZ Clients

WARREN, NJ, December 20, 2017 – Patricia Stark, a former television anchor and current media trainer and presentation coach, has joined IPZ as managing director of the media & entertainment group, the company announced today.
Stark, who also heads Patricia Stark Communications, will lead the IPZ division which will represent and manage professionals in the media and entertainment industries. Col. Jack Jacobs, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, IPZ board member and the military analyst for NBC, will join Stark in assisting IPZ’s media and entertainment clients.
As part of the agreement, Patricia Stark Communications will also work with Zito Partners, IPZ’s marketing and communications firm, to provide media and presentation coaching for Zito Partners’ clients.
“This is a true win-win for both IPZ and Zito Partners,” said Robert Zito, founder of Zito Partners and managing partner of IPZ. “Patricia is a pro who has helped many execs and personalities with their media presence, and presentation skills, and now will have the opportunity to lead a group dedicated to assisting and representing her former colleagues in the media and entertainment industries. I’m excited to see she and Col. Jacobs working together to assist our clients.”
“I’m excited to lead the IPZ division to represent and manage talent in the media and entertainment industries while simultaneously working with Zito Partners to provide media and presentation coaching for Zito Partners’ clients,” said Stark. “What an incredible honor to work side by side with Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Col. Jack Jacobs. I can’t think of a better partner for our clients to have in their corner to navigate and negotiate important career decisions. I was immediately drawn to IPZ’s solid reputation as a family-focused firm and Zito Partners deep background in brand and corporate communications, public relations, finance, sports, and global news & entertainment. It has been my passion to coach and train on-air talent for the past 14 years, and to now be able to represent them on the agency side to help them further reach their career goals is truly wonderful.”
Patricia Stark has a long-standing reputation as a sought-after media trainer, public speaking trainer, and certified body language specialist. She appears regularly as a guest TV communication expert and in demand keynote speaker. Her on-air experience includes anchoring live international news, national breaking news, medical news and entertainment programming. Patricia works closely with networks, production companies, corporate media and individuals to prepare on-camera talent, TV guest experts & public speakers to trust their communication skills and instincts, and overcome obstacles of doubt and fear in any communication situation. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA, the National Speakers Association and Forbes Coaches Council.
“Patricia is a pro, and our clients will benefit from her counsel,” said Col. Jacobs. “I look forward to working with her and assisting the clients we will be fortunate to represent.”
Col. Jacobs served multiple tours of duty in Vietnam and is one of the most highly decorated soldiers from that era. He was awarded three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars, and the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration. His Colby Award-winning memoir, “If Not Now, When” was published by Penguin in 2008. He currently holds the McDermott Chair of Humanities and Public Affairs at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Col. Jacobs was an on-air analyst for NBC News, where he was an Emmy nominee in 2010 and 2011. Col. Jacobs was also a recipient of the 2011 Murrow Award for his work on the Nightly News segment “Iraq: The Long Way Out” and continues to serve as a military analyst for NBC/MSNBC.


About IPZ: IPZ is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. For more information, visit
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