Following the acquisition of Total Event Production, JHE was thrilled to add six new employees to its family:
Brian Ferguson: director, corporate event production
A creative mind, Ferguson is managing the new four-person corporate event production team. At Total Event Production, he was integral in managing daily operations and producing seamless events. He has also previously worked as a production designer, technical director, lighting designer, rigging coordinator and production stage manager. The Oregon-native graduated from University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts in economics with a focus on behavioral economics, public sector analysis and operations management. Brian has twin 7-year-old boys, Devdan and Dylan, with his wife Heather.
Ash Munro: senior manager, corporate event production
With experience in the live events industry for more than 25 years, Munro has had the opportunity to manage productions for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, several national banks and many North Carolina-based businesses. His passion for production started at a young age when he joined technical theater during high school as a way to play with power tools. He then went on to earn his masters of fine arts in technical productions from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Outside the office, Munro can be found practicing his photography skills with his wife, two sons and their boxador, Pelli, or planning a trip to one of the half dozen states he hasn’t visited yet.
Jim Ablard: manager, corporate event production
In his previous role at Total Event Production, Ablard worked on a variety of events including NASCAR races, the Wells Fargo Championship, Charlotte Bobcats’ corporate events and trade shows. At JHE, he will continue to assist with managing shows, marketing strategies and more for corporate event production clients. The Catawba College grad enjoys traveling with his wife and children and also volunteers at the Old Courthouse Theater in Concord.
Drew Long: manager, corporate event production
Since he was a kid, Long has been tinkering with Lego and electronic gadgets. Today, after earning a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, he specializes in the production of audiovisual-based events and is excited about joining the JHE team. He also recently welcomed another baby girl to his family and is known for his tremendous cooking skills.
Hayden Henderson: senior operations coordinator
Henderson’s combined love of the industry and gear knowledge will be utilized to manage the extensive collection of equipment in JHE’s warehouse. He began work in the construction industry at the age of 13 but his true passion has always been theater. He earned a technical theater degree at Winthrop University where he also served as a teaching assistant and worked on show crews for local high schools and country clubs.
Kim Casanova: executive assistant
With more than seven years of administrative and operations experience, Casanova is known for her passion for live events and photography. Her art background includes a degree from Central Piedmont Community College in studio art and freelance photography for Shutter 16 and Crowd Surfer magazines. Prior to joining JHE, Casanova worked on the finance team and as an administrative assistant at Total Event Production and as a retirement plan trading analyst at The Newport Group.