September 18, 2015

Following the acquisition of Total Event Production a year ago, Ash Munro easily integrated into the JHE organization and brought with him event expertise and a calm demeanor. His secret to success says it all, “Be the duck. Calm on top and paddling like hell underneath.”

Armed with a Masters of Fine Art degree in Technical Production from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also an Eagle Scout, the Maryland native is a force to be reckoned with as director of corporate meetings at JHE.

He is responsible for daily operations of the corporate meetings department and serves as a project lead for several long-standing clients such as Allen Tate Company, Lowe’s Companies and OrthoCarolina.

With two sons, Jackson and McKinley, a dog named Pelli, two fish and a snail named Crawly, working at JHE must be a breeze for the dad extraordinaire who also finds time to fundraise for First Descents, a group that provides young cancer survivors a week of outdoor adventure. 

Get to Know Ash:

  • What is the best lesson from college that still applies to your job? Being trusted with the keys to the building means you are always on call. 
  • What is the accomplishment at JHE you are most proud of? Integrating the people and inventory. We had to sort through 10 years of “stuff”, break some habits, share some habits and keep serving our clients. Years ago at a corporate meeting, the CEO likened a business change to fixing the airplane while it was flying. Pretty sure WE replaced both engines and a wing.
  • What made you want to become a part of the JHE family? One of my first memories of working in Charlotte was heading to the track to deliver gear for pre-race rehearsals. I’ve worked in some fashion with or near JHE every year since, watched the company grow and offer more varied services. The entire group seems to relish a challenge, especially Jay.
  • What is the insider secret to your job? Two things. 1) Find the one thing that is most important to your client, and deliver it. Learned this way back in my theater days figuring out how to make a scenic design fit the budget. 2) Plan, prepare and then deal with reality. Something WILL change, kicking and screaming about it doesn’t help, just ask my sons. 
  • What’s your secret to success? Be the duck. Calm on top, and paddling like hell underneath. And the ability to find the humor in just about anything. Laughter is indeed the best medicine.

Things You Might Not Know About Ash: 

  • I start my day by … drinking coffee and snuggling with the dog.
  • My favorite apps are… various weather-related ones, flight trackers and TV Food Maps. I like to know what’s going on around me that might change my plans, helps me stay prepared. Finding a local joint adds to the fun of traveling, and there are only so many times you can eat a number 3 combo with a Coke.
  • The one person I’ve always wanted to meet is … my dad’s mom. She passed away when he was a kid. So it’s as much for him, my uncle and PapPap as for me.
  • My most recent splurge was … the pending purchase of our new RV.
  • My favorite vacation yet … our honeymoon. Drove more than 8000 miles (in a rental with free mileage) down to Big Bend, over to Olympic, back through Badlands in just under two weeks. Car camped our way through nearly a dozen national and state parks, took several hundred photos and built a lifetime of memories.
  • The best concert I’ve ever seen is … does it have to be just one? I’ve seen plenty. Just this summer, front row and meet-and-greet for Pat Green, Robert Earl Keen opening for himself with a solo deep-cut set and TWO nights of Eric Church - acoustic, outside, sixth row. All three of these guys are great singer-songwriters. We have some of their lyrics inside our wedding bands. 



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