Jacqui started her career in the radio industry in Massachusetts. After a brief stint working in Public Relations for a natural history museum, she worked as the Marketing Manager for the Worcester, MA Telegram, a large city newspaper. She was hired by SMG, a facility management company, to be part of the grand opening team at the Broward County/Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center. A year later, she was recruited to Rhode Island as the Director of Marketing & Public Relations at the Rhode Island Convention Center. She was responsible for the grand opening events and then moved to Philadelphia to work in marketing for the City’s arena. In 1995, Jacqui was recruited to a company in Charlotte where she built an events team and managed more than 70 city-wide conventions over six years. These events took her all over the country and internationally as well.
In 2001, Jacqui decided to resign and take a break. She traveled to New Zealand and Australia, Peru and the Dominican Republic, before founding JBM & Associates in Charleston, SC.
“I started spending more and more time with my family in Charleston. I wanted to be closer to my Mom as she went through a difficult personal time. After writing 200 pages of my memoir that still sits in a box, I traveled to Peru on a mission trip. When I got back to Charleston, I decided it was time to start my own business. I have an entrepreneurial spirit and had always known I would have my own business. I never dreamed the direction it would take. I didn’t know many people in Charleston, but after networking I was offered a challenge and what a challenge it would be. I had gotten a call from the GM of the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex about producing a boat show. It was in trouble and needed someone to get it back on track. After meeting with a group of Charleston boat dealers who had a negative situation the previous year, I was given the opportunity to produce the 2002 Charleston Boat Show. It was an interesting and unforgettable start with 9/11 occurring in the midst of the planning process. Launching a company can be a big challenge, but to start with a boat show that no one wanted to talk to me about, proved to test me and my determination in many ways.”
“The good news is that families in the Charleston market flocked to the event and I learned a lesson. There is something special about this coastal city and the passion they have for family and life on the water. With the aftermath of the tragedy, people still longed to celebrate life, and what better way than The Charleston Boat Show. And so, JBM & Associates was launched with the 2002 Charleston Boat Show.”
“The following year, we added The Savannah Boat Show to our annual slate of events. In 2004, we created the St. Augustine Boat Show, and then in 2008, we produced the Jacksonville Boat Show and branched out into women’s shows, health and wellness and business events. By 2010, the downturn in the economy became a testament to the strength of the boat shows as well as the dealers and boat manufacturers in the Charleston and Savannah markets. The Charleston and Savannah Boat Show survived and have come through the storm stronger than ever. In 2014, after a five-year hiatus, we relaunched The Charleston In-Water Boat Show at the Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park in downtown Charleston. Now, as we enter 2016, we have gone back to our boat show roots and continue to grow The Charleston Boat Show each January, The Savannah Boat Show in late February/early March, The Charleston In-Water Boat Show every April and The Wilmington Boat Show in September.”
Stay tuned for exciting news on where JBM will be next!
Debbie has been with JBM since 2008, 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, some media coordinating, and sales.
Fast forward to many positions later, and she is now the Director of Operations, handling budgets, logistics, promotions, contracts and details of all shows. She is a multi-tasker who often finishes my thoughts. The best thing about her is her loyalty to our company and to all of our clients. One of her claims to fame is that she is from Mt. Airy, North Carolina – the home of Andy Griffith – and uses phrases I have never heard before. She is always smiling, even through the toughest situations. You will see her on-site, but get out of her way, she moves fast!
Debbie moved to Greenville in 1996 and she has four children age ranges 14 – 36 as well as two grandchildren. Hobbies include running in 5 & 10k’s, watching her children play sports and spending quality time with her children, family and friends.
Erica started with JBM in 2012 after working as the Director of Group Sales & Conference Services at Snowshoe Ski Resort in Snowshoe, West Virginia. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and her MBA from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.
Erica is responsible for all of our customers, including the exhibitors and sponsors. No small feat, that’s for sure. She is a natural with juggling the needs of our clients and tackling any operational constraints. She has a laid back, easy going manner. Erica glides through the show floor troubleshooting challenges, engaging in conversations with customers and making sure everyone is taken care of. No matter what you need, Erica is your go-to girl. Her hospitable background continues to reveal itself in her everyday work ethic.