Celebrating 30 years in production
On 2nd November 2017, our production team based in North America will celebrate 30 years in business. The Harrisburg, North Carolina-based organization is recognized as one of the nation's premier event and corporate meeting production companies. CSM Production, formerly JHE, was founded in 1987 by Jay Howard, a Concord native and Appalachian State University graduate whose career started at Charlotte Motor Speedway managing opening ceremonies and live entertainment. At 21 years of age, the young entrepreneur set about creating an innovative production company which is now known as CSM Production.
President, Jay Howard said “It has been an incredible journey so far, and it’s all a testament to our amazing team and the clients that allow us to fulfill their vision. Our approach to business has been to focus on our people first who will then deliver a quality product. It’s an ongoing cycle that all starts with great people.”
Growing steadily since its inception, there has been many significant benchmarks that propelled the small business to the team it is today:
1988: Acquired live entertainment services from Charlotte Motor Speedway which showcased the company’s services to other race tracks that it works for today.
1996: Accepted the role as executive director of the 600 Festival which includes promoting and producing Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola, a consumer festival located in Charlotte.
1999: First Daytona 500 opening ceremonies.
2004 and 2007: Expanded its experiential activation services by forming partnerships with SPEED (now FOX Sports 1) and Sprint.
2014: Acquired Total Event Production.
2015: Expanded to Nashville.
2016: CSM, a global leader in sport and entertainment, acquired JHE.
We have built a strong portfolio of clients that have included Fortune 500 companies such as Wells Fargo, Lowe’s, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, Ford and Chevrolet, and major sports entities such as NASCAR, IndyCar and NBA and NFL teams.
With 85 employees, the organization produces approximately 300 events a year. Over the course of three decades, we have produced events in 41 states plus the District of Columbia and Canada.
In addition, the organization’s “people first” approach has served others well through the annual Golfing 4 Good tournament. Golfing 4 Good has raised more than $200,000 in financial support to benefit several worthy causes and members of the production family. Read more, here.