Jakob Knox, Converge Conference, Emerging Leaders Panel

Jakob works hard to promote and strengthen the local business community by forming positive and impactful working relationships while continuing to build upon and support our community’s business sector. Jakob also serves as the Marketing and Community Relations Director for the Village of Manteno. 

Born and raised in Limestone Township, Jakob is a 2017 Herscher High School graduate, and received his degree from Kankakee Community College. His passion for community ignited at sixteen years old when he was employed at the Bourbonnais Township Park District. In 2021 Jakob began his professional career at Milner Media Partners as a Marketing & Sales Account Executive. 

Understanding the importance of community involvement and giving back Jakob serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties, is a member of the Manteno Rotary Club, and serves on the Auxiliary Board for the Kankakee County Museum. 

Currently, Jakob resides in Bourbonnais with his partner Josh, an 8th-grade Special Education Teacher at Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center with their two dogs Ruby and Hazel. In his free time Jakob enjoys spending time with his friends and family, volunteering, caring for his plethora of house plants, building LEGOS, and tapping into his creative side.