A native of Manchester, New Hampshire, Nate Poirier joined CSM Production six years ago for what has now been a great ride. His contributions to the 30-year-old organization has been countless and also one reason why he was named as one of the first-ever Impact Players, a recognition given each quarter to three people who embody the organization's core values of being open, positive and responsive.
The technical production manager has some exciting life changes coming in October. Read on to find out more.
1. What does your role as a manager on the technical production team entail?
I'm much more involved in the front-end work, such as quotes, staffing and job design which I rather enjoy. I also have a lot more personnel interaction both on the client side as well as employees, which I find both challenging and rewarding. I still get to go out and tech jobs usually as a lead. I'm also working with budgets more, following up with post-event procedures and tying up loose ends. Having this all-encompassing involvement gives me a much greater understanding and respect for how the company operates as a whole and how much work goes into even the smaller events.
2. You have been at CSM Production for six years. What’s surprised you the most about its growth?
There have certainly been some amazing changes since I started on the Sprint Experience in 2012. I feel like the company, especially those of us on the tour, were much more NASCAR-oriented back then. Since the acquisition of Total and subsequently being acquired by CSM, there has been quite a lot of growth outside of motorsports and into some new and exciting areas. We've discovered talents we didn't even know we had and are able to bring these talents into play across all of our events. Not only are we growing in clientele, I've also seen major growth in personnel as we rise to meet the demands of new business. With every addition comes new experience, new friendships and new opportunities.
3. What’s the best lesson you’ve learned so far at CSM Production?
Not to be afraid of failure. Prepare to fail, fail early and fail often. Take your mistakes as a learning opportunity. Don't let creativity be boxed in by safety or convention. Be bold and put passion in what you do.
4. What’s been your biggest Goose Bump moment while at CSM Production?
There's nothing quite like a passionately sung national anthem with a perfectly-timed flyover.
5. What event is on your bucket list as an attendee?
I've always wanted to attend a masterfully-performed acoustic set at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.
6. You recently announced life-changing news in October. Congratulations on soon becoming a dad. What are you most excited and nervous about?
I'm beyond excited! I've wanted to have a family and be a father for as long as I can remember. I think I'm the most excited to see what his personality is like and what he takes from his mother and me. I have to say I'm a bit nervous about how my adopted son, Wilbur (the dog), will take to his new sibling. He likes being the center of attention.
7. You just celebrated your birthday in May. What would be a dream way to spend your special day?
Being that my birthday falls on one of our busiest weeks of the year, it may be a pipe dream but I've always wanted to go base jumping off the Swiss Alps or something of that nature.
8. A year ago, you enjoyed your honeymoon in Paris. What was the coolest experience on your trip (outside of spending QT with your bride)?
Jill and I were fortunate enough to enjoy an incredible 10-day honeymoon in London, Paris and Rome. We were with a fairly spunky group of people from all across the world and had an excellent tour guide for most of our trip. Though we didn't get much sleep, we got to experience some amazing things in every city. A few highlights were the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace (right down the road from CSM), dinner and a show at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, and Vatican City in Rome. Unforgettable time with some amazing people.
9. Which would you pick: being world-class attractive, a genius or famous for doing something great?
Genius could be good but without proper action or positive influence it would be a waste, or worse dangerous. I'd have to say I would pick to do something great and as for the fame, I could take it or leave it.
10. What question should we ask the next 10 questions participant?
What do you see yourself doing with your retirement years?