Meet the Captivate Team

Jake Sturgis, APR

Founder & CEO

Jake brings nearly 20 years of experience in education and storytelling to the Captivate team. After working directly in school PR for over a decade, he launched a full-time business in 2014. His work has garnered national attention, leading to multiple awards and public speaking engagements on visual storytelling and authentic student engagement.

Learn more about Jake’s story

  • Communication Strategy 88%
  • Video Storytelling 92%
  • Hula Hooping Skills 5%

Jenna Mead

Director of Partnerships

Jenna began as a multi-media news reporter in Southern Minnesota. Moving from in front of the camera, to behind it, she joined the Captivate team in 2014. She’s driven by having purpose in her life and contributing to the good in the world through stories that make an impact. Jenna collaborates with our clients in all phases of production to build their story concept.

  • Story Development 85%
  • Interviews 72%
  • #MomLife 100%

Andrew Coons

Director of Production

Andrew’s love of video production led him from New England to the Carolinas and ultimately to Minnesota. He is an award-winning director, published author, and proud owner of a “World’s Best Dad” coffee mug. Andrew joined the Captivate team in 2018 and partners with our clients to make sure projects are successful and everyone stays caffeinated.

  • Video Production 75%
  • Project Management 85%
  • Insane Yo-Yo Tricks 99%

Morgan Breker

Director of Design

Born and raised in Montana, Morgan is a mountain-lover at heart! She moved to Minnesota in 2015 and joined the Captivate team shortly after. She enjoys using engaging visuals to make complex topics feel simple and fun through the magic of motion graphics. Morgan’s dog Delaney is Captivate’s official mascot and the most enthusiastic greeter in the office.

  • After Effects 80%
  • Illustrator 60%
  • Wakeboarding 50%

Benji Perez Gonzalez

Cinematographer

Benji started his career as a visual media producer in the corporate world. He left seeking to make a bigger impact in the community and found a home when he joined the Captivate team in 2017. His experience as a Mexican immigrant brings a unique perspective to his work and the team.

  • Video Production 82%
  • Color Correction 75%
  • Bad Hombre 100%

Nick Barr

Cinematographer

Nick initially learned video production as a way to document and promote his musical endeavors. As others took notice and his client base grew, he shifted to prioritize visual media, ultimately joining the Captivate team in 2017. He brings the same care and dedication to craft to creating videos as he uses in songwriting.

  • Final Cut Pro 85%
  • Mixing Audio 70%
  • Lumberjack Skills 100%

Maxwell Freudenthal

Digital Content Designer

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Maxwell is a true jack-of-all-trades. He’s an Emmy-winning producer, videographer and editor, an Emmy-nominated animator, as well as a painter, singer, actor, and designer of graphics, sets, and board games. After working at 3M and FOX 9, he’s excited to put his skills to work at Captivate.

  • Video Production 86%
  • Animation 75%
  • Getting Enough Sleep 12%

Delaney

Morale Officer

Delaney began her life on the streets of Kentucky but was adopted in 2016 by our very own Morgan Breker. With her home and family secure, she decided to focus on her career. She found a perfect fit at Captivate and currently has her sights set on becoming “Employee of the Month”…who are we kidding, she’s Employee of Every Month!

  • Snow Frolicking 99%
  • Fox Pouncing 10%
  • Skijoring 25%

Recent Posts

Here are some insights from the Captivate team as they share about insights and trends they are seeing in the industry.

Combining Data and Stories

We need stories, especially from our students. We believe that stories are the most powerful form of communication. Stories help to move people emotionally, shift perspectives, and inspire action.

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