Jay Howard is founder and president of JHE Production, one of the nation's premier event and corporate meeting production companies serving major corporations and professional sports and entertainment industries across the country.
Leveraging his success in managing opening ceremonies, the Performance Racing Network and live entertainment at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) early in his career, Howard formed his own company in 1987 specializing in the production of large-scale events, live shows, corporate meetings and experiential activation tours designed to inspire audiences and deliver impactful results for clients.
Guided by Howard’s entrepreneurial spirit, vision and leadership, JHE has built a strong portfolio of clients that have included Fortune 500 companies such as Sprint, Wells Fargo, Lowe’s, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, Ford and Chevrolet, and major sports entities such as NASCAR, IndyCar and NBA and NFL teams.
Today, JHE is focused on helping clients boost brand awareness and achieve business objectives by consistently executing best-in-class events, shows and meetings that resonate with audiences and create lasting impressions.
Howard credits the success and growth of JHE to the “can-do” culture of his company and an exceptional team of men and women who are passionate in their efforts to create and execute extraordinary events that optimize the audience experience and fulfill the client’s goals.
JHE announced in 2015 the opening of a new office in Nashville, Tennessee, to expand its growing special events and corporate meeting businesses in that market and leverage relationships with Nashville-area businesses, agencies and musical acts.
In February 2016, CSM, a global leader in sport and entertainment, expanded its presence in the North American market with the announcement of its acquisition of JHE Production.
The 28-year-old company has received numerous national awards and distinctions. In 2011, Business Leader magazine ranked JHE eighth in its “Top 300 Small Businesses of the South" and PROMO Magazine named JHE among the nation’s 100 top promotion and integrated marketing agencies. The company has also been recognized by Special Events Magazine as one of the nation’s top 50 special events companies for ten consecutive years, and Inc. magazine has cited JHE as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies.
Howard is a Concord, North Carolina, native and 1984 graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration.
He and his wife of 28 years, Kim Howard, have two children: Jay Jay and Grace. He also currently serves on the Speedway Children’s Charities board of directors.