Jason Umphlett started at 19 as a delivery driver for one of his now competitors. Almost from day 1 he became fascinated by the special event industry.
Jason enjoyed going to all the hotels and seeing what the everyday person never gets to see. He enjoyed his job so much that it never seemed like a job. His boss/owner asked him after a few years if he wanted to do sales. Jason jumped on the offer and everything went downhill from there. After a few years, he was bringing in some of the largest events that the company had ever seen.
Jason Umphlett: My only problem is I wanted more and by more I mean I wanted my own rental company. My boss/owner at the time was not willing to give up anything so in 2011 I decided to leave and start my own. Since then I have done and learned more things than I ever dreamed.
Q: What would you like to see your team accomplish in 2019?
In 2019 I want to see Current Events team to really hit our full potential. We have built this company by being the largest or the cheapest but have focused solely on the quality of both our product and customer service.
Q: Who is your role model or hero?
I don't really have a role model or hero. My role models consist of anyone who is smarter than me. I really like being the dumb person in the room because it puts outside my comfort zone and makes me strive to do better. So really anyone I can learn from would be a role model.
I really like being the dumb person in the room because it puts outside my comfort zone and makes me strive to do better.
~ Jason Umphlett
Q: Do you use any specific method or system to run daily operations?
Unfortunately, I use what I like to call the "Forest Gump Method". Where I am just staying positive, but taking and excelling at anything I take on. Growing up I was always told to never do anything "half ass". If you don't give it your full ass then it's not worth doing.
Q: Looking back - if you could advise a younger version of yourself to do something different - what would it be?
Get your emotions under control and stop running your mouth. Focus on listening more, but don't stop having fun.
Focus on listening more, but don't stop having fun.
~ Jason Umphlett