November 12, 2012

West Virginia native Matt Davis has always had a passion for sports. The Marshall University graduate majored in sports marketing and management and received a master’s degree in athletic administration. Following graduation, Davis worked in the athletic facilities and operations department at both Marshall University and the University of Central Florida.

Since joining JHE six years ago, he has worked in the mobile touring, operations and event production departments, learning new skills and methods along the way. Currently serving as the senior director of events, Davis oversees the live entertainment department, including the fleet department execution of flybys, and the highly-anticipated Fanfest in Las Vegas.

Q: What is your role at JHE?

To help JHE’s event directors produce the best opening ceremonies and events possible for our clients. I also oversee the fleet department which means I try to provide them with as much support as I can without getting in the way.

Q: What’s been your proudest moment at JHE?

Nailing the flyover at my first event (the Thunderbirds at Las Vegas Motor Speedway). It all comes down to the flyover!

Q: What makes you good at your job?

My go with the flow mentality keeps me from panicking during events. Working in athletics most of my career is a great background in working under real-time pressure, which we do as event directors every weekend.

Q: What is the hardest part of executing Fanfest?

Fanfest is a chance for the fans to see the drivers. Our perfectionist mentality makes us want the show to be flawless and run smoothly. However, at the end of the day, as long as the fans get to see their favorite drivers and have a laugh or two with them then everyone goes home happy.

Q: What’s your favorite sport?

Steeler’s football.

Q: What’s your favorite quote?

“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘What a ride!’” – author unknown

Q: Anything else people should know about you?

I like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain… really I do.

Matt Davis, flybys, Fanfest, fleet department