People First: Ryan Williams

July 23, 2015

Hailing from the Nutmeg State (Connecticut), Ryan Williams, known affectionately as “RDub”, has taken his love for music and incorporated it into his career.  Joining the JHE family more than a decade ago in 2004, he says his secret to success is: “If you’re going to do something, make sure you do it right.”

Ryan joined JHE as an A1/A2 for IndyCar and NASCAR events and then moved to production coordinator and concert producer for eight years before taking on the manager of event services role.  Prior to JHE? He was on the music scene working as a stagehand and runner at an entertainment venue in his home state.


Q&A with Ryan:

  • What is the best career advice you ever received? If you can find a job enjoying what you do, you will never work a day in your life.
  • What is the accomplishment at JHE you are most proud of? Being the Production Manager for Speed Street. It’s a huge undertaking but rewarding event.
  • What is your best memory at JHE so far? My favorite event was the Rock & Roll 400 with Three Days Grace. We had a hurricane delay the race and ended up with an “unplugged” concert. It was stripped down and a great performance.
  • What is the biggest myth about your job? That you get to meet all the artists and that they are all nice.
  • What’s your secret to success? If you are going to do something, make sure you do it right.
  • What has been your best mistake? The biggest mistake is the one you don’t learn from. Everyone messes up somewhere; it’s what you learn from it to not make the mistake again that is important.


Things People May Not Know About Ryan:

  • My ultimate stress reliever is … running and listening to music.
  • On my iPod playlist right now is … a mix of everything. Muse, Pearl Jam, Slipknot, Korn, Jake Owen, Keith Urban, Sevendust, Radiohead.
  • My biggest pet peeve is … being interrupted when speaking.
  • My favorite movie is … Empire Records.
  • My favorite quote is … “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The best concert I’ve ever seen (and why?) is…
    • Pearl Jam – Mansfield 3 2003 – 3.5 hour set list including an hour long acoustic performance. My first Pearl Jam show and one that is well known among fans.
    • U2/Muse – Atlanta Dome – My first time seeing Muse and getting to see the largest touring stage to date.
    • Eminem/Jay Z – Yankee Stadium – First concert in the new stadium. A lot of cameos and a great night of music.
    • Atlanta Music Midtown 2012 – Pearl Jam/Avett Brothers/Foo Fighters – two-day festival in the midtown area of Atlanta. Amazing performances and a great weekend away
  • The food I love so much that if I dropped it on the floor, I’d eat it anyway is … pizza.