Jacqueline Bomar, President
Jacqui received a BA from Simmons College with a major in Women’s Studies and Communications. After college she worked in sales and marketing in the radio and newspaper industries in Massachusetts. She was recruited by SMG, the world’s leader in facility management to be part of the opening team of the Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She was then promoted and moved to Providence to open the Rhode Island Convention Center as the Director of Public Relations and Marketing.
In 1995, Jacqui was recruited to a position in Charlotte, NC, where she started up an events department for InterNet Services Corporation. She and her team produced up to 15 annual conventions throughout the country and internationally. These events ranged from 5,000 to 40,000 attendees.
After starting up a Business Development and Media Services Department for InterNet, she resigned in 2001, and traveled for several months before moving to Charleston and establishing her own events management and marketing company JBM & Associates. The firm began by producing the annual Charleston Boat Show and then started the Savannah Boat & Outdoor Show. Jacqui quickly grew the company by producing several other boat shows in Florida.
JBM & Associates moved to Greenville in 2005, after Jacqui married a Greenville native. The company branched out into women’s events. They launched the Upstate Women’s Show in 2008, while continuing to produce success boat shows. Then in 2011, they created the Spice of Life Food and Fitness Fest. In 2012, the Columbia Women’s Show was created. That same year, they were hired by the Greenville Chamber to produce the Greenville Business Expo.
Also in 2012, Coffee Talk, a mentoring experience for women was born in Greenville after a two year planning process. Coffee Talk is a half day conference that inspires women to have the confidence to lead, follow their dreams and passions, and to give back to others as a mentor. Coffee Talk returns twice a year in 2013. “It’s my dream to bring Coffee Talk to as many women as possible, starting in my hometown. There is nothing more powerful, than a room full of women who want to learn and encourage each other to succeed,” says Bomar.
In February, JBM rebranded their women’s shows series to SHE. It is a combination of the most popular parts of the women’s shows as well as Spice of Life. “The rebranding is how we plan on keeping these events fresh and exciting. They are truly an experience- not just an event,” says Bomar. They are designed for women of all ages, and now have a current vibe with features that are designed to give women the opportunity to participate in cooking classes, image consultations, DIY crafts, health and wellness advice, and much more.
SHE launches in Charleston in September 2013. Since its inception, JBM & Associates has worked with several nonprofit organizations to help them raise more than $100,000 through their events. “Giving back to the community is critical to JBM. It’s my goal to figure out a way to give awareness and raise money for as many organizations as possible,” says Bomar. Some of the beneficiaries include: Safe Harbor, Harvest Hope Food Bank, the Women’s Shelter in Columbia, Julie Valentines Center and many more.
Jacqui has been on the board of the National Association of Consumer Shows since 2008. She is a member of the Downtown Rotary, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the Greenville Professional Women’s Forum, Femfessionals, Earle Street Baptist Church. She lives on Paris Mountain with her husband Steve and eight year old son Luke.
Debbie Taylor, Operations Director
As the Operations Director for JBM & Associates, Debbie oversees all of the programming, operations, and works to ensure that vendors and sponsors have a rewarding show experience. Prior to joining JBM & Associates in 2007, she spent 23 years as a Certified Medical Office Manager, and three years as office manager for a home builders’ group.
Born and raised in Mt. Airy, NC, and the mother of four children aged 11 to 33, Debbie was named one of Talk Magazine’s “25 Most Beautiful Women” in 2010.
Debbie’s favorite part of her job is when a show comes to life: “. . . seeing the fruits of our labor being enjoyed by others. Watching people laugh and have a good time makes me so happy that it is hard to wipe the smile off my face!” she said. “I also love interacting with exhibitors and sponsors to learn about each different company, communicating with attendees as well as the gratification of monies raised for our beneficiaries. “
Erica Bittner, Sales Director
Erica was born and raised in western Maryland. After graduating from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, she obtained her MBA from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining JBM & Associates, Erica spent several years in Snowshoe, West Virginia working in the ski and convention industry. Now residing in Greenville, South Carolina, Erica is enjoying all that the Upstate has to offer and is looking forward to building relationships with new friends, co-workers and clients.
Vicky Sexton, Marketing Director
Throughout her 20 years experience in media and marketing, Vicky has worked in Anchorage Alaska and Hutchinson Minnesota before finding a permanent (and warmer) home in Greenville twelve years ago. “I love the vitality and energy of downtown Greenville, it’s contagious, I could (and have) spend hours popping in and out of shops on Main Street.” Vicky joined JBM & Associates in June 2012 , after a ten year career with Clear Channel Radio, Greenville as their marketing and promotion director. As the Marketing Director for JBM, her primary responsibilities include media planning and event marketing and programming. “Each event we produce has its own personality and feel, I love the fact that there is nothing “cookie cutter” about what we do. Our goal is to make sure everyone who attends our events walk away with a lasting memory of a great experience. I’m proud to be part of a team who strives to make that happen.”
Lindsey Brown, Web & Social Media Administrator
Lindsey relocated from her hometown of Perry, Georgia in 2010. Prior to working for JBM, she worked as a graphic designer for an advertising agency. As web and social administrator, Lindsey is the self-described “office geek.” “What I love most about working for JBM is the feeling of camaraderie. It’s always amazing to me what this group of ladies can pull off when we all work together.”
Chelsea Lupo, Event Assistant
A native of South Carolina, Chelsea Lupo discovered her true passion for event planning during her time as an intern for JBM & Associates: “I have an eye for details and love taking an idea and turning it into a reality”. As Event Assistant, she is responsible for aiding in overseeing all event logistics and operational duties. Her creativity, strong organizational skills, and “no detail is too small” attitude make Chelsea a welcomed addition to the team.
Always working towards the next goal, Chelsea is also working to gain a Business Management Degree from Greenville Technical College.
Michelle LiBrizzi, Accountant
“We work hard…and share lots of laughs along the way. It’s never a dull moment here at JBM. We hope to see you at one of our events.”
Something’s wrong with this picture! Why is our CFO Mark Chastain the only one sitting down?