Emily Barnes

Nick Falls

John Wojtasek

Executive Assistant

Video Producer

Video Producer

Mark Burkholder

Dr. John McConnell

Katy Zweifel


Clinical Psychologist


James Baxter

Vice President, Business Development

James is the Vice President of Business Development for 86 Creative. Originally from Zionsville, Indiana, he graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where he studied Philosophy. He then studied Theology at St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana. Out of school, he started a non-profit to free Catholic men called Those Catholic Men, where he still serves as Executive Director. He dabbles in the game of golf, enjoys Maker’s Mark Old-Fashioneds, and is made whole by Jane Austen novels. James lives in Fort Wayne, IN.


Jacob Laskowski

Chief Executive Officer / Founder

Jacob serves as CEO and Creative Director of 86, which he founded in 2013. His award-winning career began with the re-branding of FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students which lead him on a path to supporting brands in their pursuit of sharing their vision more effectively. Following his position as director of marketing for a multi-billion dollar oil company, Jacob launched 86, allowing him to work with universities, tech start-ups, corporations, dioceses and non-profits throughout the United States. He serves as adjunct professor of visual communications at Ivy Tech College and as Board Chairman for A Mother’s Hope, a non-profit devoted to providing care for homeless, pregnant mothers in Allen County, Indiana. Jacob is also a board member of Those Catholic Men, Inc. and is the co-director of Fort Wayne Frassati, a ministry for Catholic young adults. He resides in Fort Wayne with his six-year-old daughter, Gianna.