Our People

Tamara Jacobs, President 

Tamara Jacobs CommunicationsFounder and President of Tamara Jacobs Communications, Inc., Tamara Jacobs has been improving the presentation and communication skills of successful professionals across the country for over 20 years.  She is an internationally renowned strategist, Certified Professional Coach recognized by the World Coach Institute, and author of Be The Brand, and her latest best seller, from Career Press, Your Ultimate Success Plan.  With over 3,000 keynotes, presentations, and workshops to her credit, Tamara is a former professional actress, network television correspondent and senior executive consultant with Johnson & Johnson.

WCI Certified CoachMs. Jacobs began her career in television during which time she was involved in writing, producing, reporting & anchoring at network affiliates on the West Coast, Midwest and Southeast. Also an accomplished actress, Ms. Jacobs has appeared in several Off-Broadway productions and national tours, and is a member of Actors Equity. She has combined her communications and professional theatre experience with recognized success in the arena of media and presentation training, appearing on such national programs as ABC World News, The Fox News Network, The Gayle King Show, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, and Your World with Neil Cavuto. She has also been featured in Fortune & Your Company, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World and Victoria Magazine as a preeminent expert in the field of business communication. Tamara has also recently served as a judge for the Miss America Pageant.

Gregory Suss, PhD., Executive Vice President

Gregory SussA corporate communications consultant for over ten years, Dr. Suss began his career as an actor/director on & off Broadway, involved in over 125 productions. He became an advisor to arts organizations, as he worked on taking them to the next step of growth, while maintaining their day-to-day operations. His areas of involvement included public relations initiatives, technology, financial stability, internal communications, effective personnel growth and compliance. He joined Tamara Jacobs Communications, Inc. and with Ms. Jacobs, developed workshops for Fortune 500 companies in the financial service, pharmaceutical, healthcare, consumer products, medical and real estate industries. These workshops include: Executive Presentation, Facilitation, Negotiation, Business Etiquette, Business Writing, Executive Presence and Media Preparation. Dr. Suss was also the editorial director of Tamara Jacobs recently published book, Be The Brand™.

Neal Mayer, Senior Trainer

NealA professional actor, educator and coach, Neal brings extensive training from the performing arts arenas (Broadway, off-Broadway, National Tours and featured roles on television). Neal has coached, trained and consulted numerous clients at many corporate events. In addition, he coaches medical students at both Weill Cornell Medical School and NYU Medical School on effective and empathetic doctor/patient communication. Neal holds a B.A. in Communications/Theatre from Susquehanna University and is a certified instructor in English, Speech Arts and Drama. Neal has taught English/Theatre Arts at Ocean City High School, directed numerous award winning musical and dramatic productions, coached actors for Broadway and film auditions, and trained adult ESL learners to improve their pronunciation and language skills.

Melissa Lopoo, Senior Trainer

LopooMelissa Lopoo has been an integral part of Tamara Jacobs Communications, Inc. since 2001 She holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Television, Radio and Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Her extensive training in the performing arts launched an on camera and off-camera career, and has made her an expert in the art of "presentation as conversation". Ms. Lopoo maintains a membership in the prominent Screen Actors Guild and has served on behalf of the SAG Foundation as a liaison between the Guild and its high profile members.

Walker Lewis, Senior Trainer

Walker LewisWalker Lewis joined Tamara Jacobs Communications, Inc. in 2005 and has become increasingly sought after as a presentation coach. Previously, as an actor and director in New York City, he had performed and taught both internationally and in the United States. This onstage training combined with his experience in the corporate sector provides a uniquely qualified consulting platform for the effective coaching of sales forces and managers alike. Walker attended Oberlin College, the Lecoq School in Paris, France and holds an MFA from Columbia University.

Diane DiCroce, Senior Trainer

DianneDiane DiCroce has been providing TJC clients with critical communication and branding skills since 2007. As an Associate Professor of Performing Arts at Pace University in New York City, Diane coaches clients to bring the best of themselves to any interpersonal communications situation for maximum impact and results. Diane holds a BA in Advertising and Communications form Penn State University and Master’s Degree in Performance from The Boston Conservatory. Diane also served as a full-time faculty member at the University of Central Florida, chosen from a national search. She was a Strategic Media Planner for Della Femina Advertising, Ketchum Communications, J. Walter Thompson and Time Buying Inc. An accomplished actress prior to entering the corporate world, Diane performed for many years on Broadway and in National and International Tours Off stage, she has directed regional productions and served and a Company Manager for two National Touring Companies. Diane has worked with prestigious TJC clients in both the pharmaceutical and consumer product industries such as: Coty, Novartis, Johnson and Johnson, Eisai, Prometheus, Ethicon and Lantheus.

Louis "Tripp" Hornick, Senior Trainer

Tripp is an accomplished management consultant, producer with a major New York City production company and past performer. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and currently serves as Managing Member of both Quince Street Strategy and Quince Street Productions. He received the University of Pennsylvania’s 2017 Young Alumni Award of Merit. A multi-talented member of Tamara Jacobs Communications team, Tripp has over fifteen-years experience leading global cross-functional teams and creating a culture of continuous improvement while driving shareholder value at the intersection of strategic operations and communications. A product and finance leader, he has deep technical knowledge in retail/CPG omnichannel development and supply chain optimization, and media/entertainment creation/distribution. Tripp has a particular interest in crisis management/communications coupled with his turnaround experience.

Gregg Brandt, Senior Trainer

GreggGregg is proud to be part of the TJC team. He brings extensive training from the performing arts arenas (Broadway, National Tours and Regional Theaters) as well as an on-camera (commercials and movies) career. Gregg has coached, trained and consulted numerous clients at many corporate events and focuses on breathing, diction and good vocal production, as well as strategic messaging design and presentation pull-through. He holds a BFA degree in Musical Theater and a Masters of Arts Management degree, both from Carnegie Mellon University. When not conducting workshop and training sessions, he serves on the performing arts faculty at NYU (Tisch) and at Rider University, and is an active member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association.

Ari Rossen, Senior Trainer

AriAri Rossen brings a diverse creative background to Tamara Jacobs Communications, Inc., having spent over a decade as a professional actor, pianist and teacher based in New York City. As a corporate trainer, Ari uses his unique skill set to instill confidence and ignite passion in his clients, allowing them to “think outside the box” and discover their full potential as effective communicators.

Ari graduated with honors from Northwestern University, completed the two-year conservatory program at Wiliam Esper Studio and studied improvisation at The Magnet Theater. He has performed Off-Broadway, on national tours and at prestigious regional venues including Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Additionally, Ari has also enjoyed work as an actor and writer in the film, television and new media world.

Sarah Saltus Siddig, Senior Trainer

SaraSarah Saltus Siddig has been with Tamara Jacobs Communications, Inc. since 2003, specializing in coaching sales representatives and managers. Ms. Siddig graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in Communications and Theatre, and had a successful corporate career as a senior executive in the Publishing and Presentation Skills Training. Formerly a vice-president with Speak Forth, Inc., her clients included Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch and she has also consulted for Performex, a management and leadership training program, as well as Janssen Pharmaceuticals.




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