After beginning her career in the radio industry in Massachusetts, working in Public Relations for a natural history museum, and in marketing for the Worcester, MA Telegram, Jacqui used these experiences to jumpstart her successful events management career spanning more than 30 years.
Working with SMG, a facility management company (now ASM), Jacqui joined the opening teams at the Broward County/Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center and the Rhode Island Convention Center. In the mid 1990’s Jacqui was recruited to InterNet Services Corporation in Charlotte where she built an events team which managed more than 70 city-wide conventions over a six- year period both domestically and internationally.
In 2001, after resetting with trips to New Zealand and Australia, Peru and the Dominican Republic, Jacqui founded JBM & Associates initially based in Charleston, SC. Beginning in January 2002, JBM & Associates began producing the Charleston Boat Show. The following year, JBM launched The Savannah Boat Show adding it to a bevy of annual events. In 2004, JBM created the St. Augustine Boat Show, and then in 2008, produced the Jacksonville Boat Show while branching out into women’s shows, major health and wellness events and business events. In 2014, JBM started a spring boat show in Charleston called The Charleston In-Water Boat Show, held annually at the Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park in downtown Charleston. In 2015, JBM went back to their boat show roots and focused exclusively on producing boat shows.
In 2016, the Wilmington Boat Show was launched after years of planning. JBM started the Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show in April 2017 and was about to produce the third one when the Covid-19 pandemic changed the course of this plan.
“We lost three shows within five weeks when the virus forced us to shut down, After dealing with 9/11, a major recession, hurricanes and other massive situations, the pandemic has proven to be the most challenging for my team. I wear a bracelet that reads “breathe” and often remind myself to stop and enjoy the journey. Even the stressful time will teach us great lessons.”
JBM & Associates, celebrating 20 years in the consumer show industry is now creating a new show to be held annually in the fall, commencing in November 2022. “After struggling through the past 14 months, my plan is to keep moving and creating and of course-breathing deeply” added Jacqui.
Debbie has been with JBM since 2007, following a career in the medical management and home building field. She started like most people in a small business, by having a lot of different things thrown at her. Some duties included promotions, bookkeeping, managing the office needs, media coordinating, and sales.
Fast forward to many positions later, she is now the Director of Operations, handling budgets, logistics, promotions, contracts, show details and office management. The best thing about her is her loyalty to our company and to all of our clients. She is always smiling, even through the toughest situations. You will see her on-site, but get out of her way, she moves fast!
Originally from Mount Airy, NC, Debbie moved to Greenville in 1996 and now has four children and three grandchildren. Hobbies include running in 5 & 10k’s, watching her children play sports and spending quality time with her children, family and friends.
Chelsea was born and raised in Greenville, SC. She received her associate’s degree from Greenville Technical College in 2014 in Business Management while beginning her career with JBM & Associates as an intern during school. This is where her passion for the event business blossomed and the realization of a career came to light.
Joining the team full time in 2018 as a Sales & Event Manager her roles include handling all sales and sponsorships for all of the shows as well, as managing operations for our Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show. With Chelsea’s mindset, no detail is to small makes her a great addition to our team. With events there are many moving parts and pieces and having the ability to understand how they all fit together into the grand scheme is an asset that Chelsea brings to the table.
Speaking with Chelsea for the first time you’ll quickly learn how engaging and full of conversation she is, yet she also has the unique ability to listen and understand each of our clients’ goals. Her true passion is to achieve their objectives and deliver the best experience to our attendees. Chelsea being the bubbly person she is, is able to connect with and build long-term relationships with our clients.
In Chelsea’s free time she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and of course her dog Miley. One of her favorite hobbies and stress relievers is working out at Orangetheory. She also enjoys spending time outside whether it be on a boat riding around the lake, putting her toes in the sand, or admiring the mountains; she’s bound to be outdoors.