September 02, 2014

Senior director Natalie Epperly manages JHE’s client services department and supports the event department as an event producer. For the past nine years, she has been a valued member of the JHE team producing events including the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge, NASCAR After the Lap and the Rolex 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Prior to joining the JHE team, the Florida native worked at the Bobby Phills Scholarship Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Charlotte Hornets. Epperly has a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management from Belmont Abbey College. She lives in Charlotte with her husband, Chris, their daughter, Hadley and her “first baby,” dog Baron.

Q&A with Natalie:

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned at JHE? The importance of working as a team. There is no way I could produce the level of events that we do without the team that surrounds me.

What made you want to become a part of the JHE family? When I started with the company, I was employee no. 11. So it was small and very family-oriented. I knew that I had found a unique place to work. I have seen it grow over the past 10 years yet still have the same feeling.

What’s your secret to success? Continuing to take pride in the work that I do and always looking for ways to be better.

What is the best part of working at JHE? I love watching event/production concepts come to life. An idea goes from a round table discussion to renderings to full execution. It’s a really interesting process and seeing everything come to life is one of the best parts of my job.

What is your personal definition of success? Setting and accomplishing goals, personally and professionally.

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Natalie:

I start my day by… seeing my smiling 1-year-old.

My favorite app is… Avocado. It’s a calendar app that allows my husband and I to always be on the same page with our work events and travel!

My ultimate stress reliever is… running.

My family is… my biggest accomplishment. Having Hadley last year was an amazing experience and being a mom to her is my greatest joy. Juggling work and a family is always challenging, but we are a great team and just find ways to make it work.

I spend my weekends… getting together with friends, going to the White Water Center and am always up for a good cookout.

I don’t leave home without… my phone charger.

My favorite vacation yet was… my honeymoon. We went to Hawaii and nothing has compared since.

My favorite quote is… “There is always something to be grateful for.”

The best concert I’ve ever seen is… U2.

The food I love so much that if I dropped it on the floor, I’d eat it anyway is… not sure that I would really do this, but I do love Mexican and chips and queso!

Natalie Epperly, NASCAR After the Lap