Art school led to the creative world of advertising for our fearless leader and industry guru. After decades of skill building and moving up the ad agency ranks as both an art and creative director, Laura decided to use the best of what she had gained from her experiences to forge her own path as LJ Creates. Laura’s love for art and music shines through all she does. In addition to leading the LJ Creates team, Laura serves the local community she loves by bringing people together as president of the Sylvania Arts Commission. She likes to spend her free time at a concert at the Ark, gardening, walking the metro parks and yoga class.
With an education in communications and marketing, Jennifer is the glue necessary to bridge our creative and business sides. Her strong background in customer service, sales support and management, combined with a lifelong love of creative pursuits, adds up to the big picture organization needed for LJ Creates to do what we do. Jennifer’s project management allows our team to maintain smooth sailing while balancing an array of ventures. Between caring for three children, executive directing a local arts non-profit and keeping LJ Creates always on task, Jennifer is a pro at keeping the plates spinning.
Laura brings a strong background in writing and editing to our team. After completing her bachelor’s at the University of Michigan (U-M), Laura worked as an editorial assistant at a nonprofit public health organization in Washington, DC. She returned to Ann Arbor to serve as a writer/editor at U-M, and eventually crossed the (state) border to become an editor in Sylvania. As our resident copywriter, Laura works diligently to ensure our clients’ messaging resonates. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys running, reading and cheering on her beloved Wolverines.
With an education in business and a history of retail experience, Jared brings essential financial and managerial sense to our table. Raised by two ad agency parents, Jared is choosing to follow in their footsteps with his foray into advertising. Our Kent State alum studied graphic design and business marketing, making him a perfect fit for the business end of our company. Jared is service-oriented and client-focused, offering a solid sales and management background to the LJ Creates marketing team. His personal interests include music, basketball, football and working out.
Our all-around visual specialist contributes a unique perspective and skill set to the LJ Creates team. Growing up in the Jakes family, Rae has long been immersed in the creative world and enjoys a long list of inspired channels, including graphic design, photography and web. A BGSU grad, Rae also brings with her newspaper, non-profit and corporate experience and a belief in the power of visual media as a driving force for big client results. A new adventure enthusiast, Rae also studied in Italy, enjoys yoga, gardening, cooking, euchre, music and travel.