The Harbert Center Staff

Chandrel Wright-Richardson140806_HarbertStaff_BIJ-6 (1)
Executive Director
Certified Wedding Specialist

Chandrel is a 1993 graduate of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and holds a Masters degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She has been with The Harbert Center since June 2000.

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Jessica Atkins140806_HarbertStaff_BIJ-13 (1)
Event Sales & Marketing Director
Certified Wedding Specialist

Jessica was born and raised in Birmingham, but has also called Tuscaloosa and New Orleans home. She has been in the hospitality industry for nearly 16 years, and has loved every minute of it!

Jessica has been with The Harbert Center since January 2008, and says what she enjoys most about this job is that it never gets old; each day is a new and different experience!  She has a B.S. in Restaurant, Hotel, and Meetings Management from the University of Alabama.

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Eric HorstDSCN1304 (1)
Operations Manager & A/V Coordinator
frontdesk@theharbertcenter.com

Eric is the definition of a ‘jack-of-all-trades’! His background and knowledge of audio visual systems brought him to The Harbert Center, but we soon realized that was not his only area of expertise.  Eric is also a pastor, entrepreneur, salesman, and a musician. Other notable past endeavors include baling hay, parking cars at a flea market, and working at a popcorn factory.

Eric has been at The Harbert Center since 2014, and says what he enjoys most is helping clients have as stress-free of an event as possible, and ensuring their guests have a memorable experience.  He has an A.A. in Bible from Hesston College in Kansas, and a B.S. in Christian Ministries and Youth Ministry from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA.


Jamila Lawson140806_HarbertStaff_BIJ-14 (1)
Event Sales Manager

Jamila has been with The Harbert Center since March 2014. She has a B.S. in Communications from Miles College.

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Meghan AlfordDSCN1306 (1)
Event Sales Manager & Marketing Assistant

Meghan joined our team in November 2015 after moving to Birmingham from Charlotte, NC.  She has been in and around the hospitality industry nearly her whole life, growing up in her family’s restaurant in Long Island, NY.  Meghan moved to Charlotte to attend Johnson & Wales University, where she earned a B.S. in Sports/Entertainment/Event Management.

The part of her job she has enjoyed most is meeting people of all different backgrounds and ages on a daily basis. Meghan is a self-proclaimed animal lover, and she currently has two birds, a pig, a bearded dragon, and a bunny!

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Freddie Campbell Mitchell140806_HarbertStaff_BIJ-11 (1)
Event Services Team Coordinator

One of the most frequent comments we hear is how clean and well kept The Harbert Center is, and we have Freddie to thank for that!  She leads the Event Services Team, which is responsible not only for the upkeep of the building, but also the set up and breakdown for all events.

Freddie has been with The Harbert Center since August 2006, and what she has enjoyed most about the job is meeting new people every day.  She has a degree in paralegal law from Faulkner University.

 


TaMarcus Williams140806_HarbertStaff_BIJ-5 (1)
Event Services Team Leader

TaMarcus is the ‘muscle’ of The Harbert Center, as he leads his crew during the set up and breakdown of our event spaces, often multiple times a day.  TaMarcus has been with The Harbert Center since April 2012.