Eric Jacobson enjoys reading, exercising and traveling. 

He was a volunteer at Cancer Action in Overland Park, KS (Kansas City, MO), and participated as a volunteer for the local "Meals On Wheels" program during 2009. 

Eric Jacobson is a current volunteer at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, KS.

In addition, Eric Jacobson is serving as a mentor for a professional in Arizona who is launching an event planning business, helping her to craft her business plan and to establish marketing goals and objectives.


- Strategic Planning, Business Development- Integration, Reengineering, Process Improvement- Operations and Project Management- Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures- New Product Launches- Budgeting, Forecasting, Pro Formas- Team Building, Training and Development- Talent Management and Succession Planning- External Marketing and Public Relations- Writing, Editing, Corporate Communications


An accomplished executive with more than 25 years of experience in the media industry, Mr. Eric Jacobson of Overland Park, Kansas (Kansas City, MO) is well versed in all aspects of high-level business management. Eric Jacobson was most recently employed as the Senior Vice President of Administration (Shared Services) for Penton Media, Inc., one of the country’s leading business-to-business media companies.

Over Eric Jacobson’s 26-year tenure with Penton Media, he held a number of important positions critical to the overall growth and success of the company. Promoted six times throughout his career at Penton Media, Eric Jacobson held wide-ranging responsibilities that led him to develop an extensive skill set, which includes expertise in strategic planning, business development, operations and project management, mergers and acquisitions, team building and training, marketing and public relations, internal corporate communications, and more. In his most recent position, Eric Jacobson specialized in integration, reengineering, and process improvement. In addition to his extensive practical experience, Eric Jacobson boasts an impressive education and holds a number of degrees. Eric Jacobson earned his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Michigan. Upon receiving his BA, Eric Jacobson enrolled in graduate school at the University of Illinois, where he continued to study journalism, eventually earning his Master’s degree. In the 1990s, while employed at Penton Media full-time, Eric Jacobson returned to school to acquire his MBA. In his spare time, Eric Jacobson enjoys exercising, traveling, and reading. Some of Eric’s current favorite books are "The DNA of Leadership" by Judith E. Glaser, "Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done" by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, "The Personality Code" by Travis Bradberry, and "Second Acts" by Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine.

Eric Jacobson is the author of a blog on helping professionals to become more effective managers.  His blog is:

Eric Jacobson also writes about leadership for

Work History

Work History
Aug 1982 - Feb 2009

Senior Vice President, Administration (Shared Services)

Penton Media

Managed Production, Audience Development and Information Technology. Led reengineering and integration projects.Promoted six times through a series of increasing responsibility and diverse management positions between 1982 and 2009 in this dynamically changing organization that has been impacted by various ownerships, mergers, acquisitions and new product development.Served as Vice President of Business Development from 1996 to 1998 and then as Senior Vice President, Business Development from 1998 to 2006. Seasoned in strategic and business planning, team training and development, and in acquisitions and divestitures. I was honored with the Primedia Business Employee Excellence Award in 1998.


1993 - 1996


Keller Graduate School of Management
Aug 1978 - Aug 1979


University of Illinois

Served as a Teaching Assistant in the School of Journalism

Sep 1974 - May 1978


University of Michigan

President of Theta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity during my junior year. Earned the BA degree with Distinction.



Business Management

Media, acquisitions, divestitures, business development,. strategic planning, reengineering, communications, marketing.   Eric Jacobson's Blog on Management: