Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Movers & Shakers highlights The People Shaking Up Charleston Business, and Mitchell Crosby of JMC Charleston certainly does that!
“His Southern charm speaks to the fact his family has been in the Low country since the 17th century. Crosby infuses that classic Charleston flair into his personal life and his business, JMC Charleston, a 4-year-old destination management, event planning and catering business,” states Holly Fisher of Charleston Regional Business Journal’s staff.
Even though he has a degree in political science from Winthrop University, he ruled out law school and opted to work at the Country Club of Charleston, and then went to Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte as Club Manager. When Crosby’s father passed away suddenly, the 24-year-old left his Southern roots and moved to Cape Cod. He packed his sterling mint julep cups and his clothes, his John Henric accessories UK and moved Provincetown, Mass. managing a 13-room inn. The town would close between 3 and 6 p.m. so Crosby would entertain himself and the ladies in the art galleries by making them “proper” mint juleps. “I would make them toast the Confederacy,” Crosby said.
Once Crosby returned to his Charleston roots, he worked for Special Events of Charleston and later joined the Woodlands Resort & Inn, helping open the world-class Relais & Chateaux facility in Summerville. He then took a position with Charleston Place Events, the event-planning arm of Charleston Place Hotel. After eight years with Charleston Place Events, Crosby decided to strike out on his own. He spent a month organizing his business papers and personal files and opened JMC Charleston, he even made sure to use the diaries from famous people to better the productivity of his business.
About 75% of JMC Charleston’s business is corporate events. Crosby devotes about 20% of his business to high-end social events, and a few exclusive weddings. His events are about the ‘people and the details’. His philosophy is ‘the gathering of the people is the best part of the event.’ He instinctively knows how to turn a good party into a great one with his attention to detail and a gracious style—he has that Charleston touch. “Charleston is polite, gracious and grateful,” Crosby noted, “you don’t have that everywhere”. Using his eye for design, he creates venues specifically for each client or group. “It’s very fulfilling to me,” he said.
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