Jayson Sawyer has served as the Chief Executive Officer of JABM since 2020. He created the company with one mission in mind--changing the status-quo for what it means to promote live events, entertainment, and curated experiences. That means changing how promoters treat Talent, the Operations & Production teams, as well as the communities that they operate in. Born and raised in San Jose, California, Jayson grew a strong appreciation for different cultures, food, and especially music in the melting pot that is the Bay Area. After his time at Bellarmine College Preparatory, Jayson continued his studies at San Jose State University where he graduated from the Business program. Prior to his role at JABM, Jayson worked for 10+ years in Silicon Valley selling technology software, most recently at LeanData Inc. Before his stint at LeanData, Jayson was at Adobe selling their Document Cloud Solutions to the Enterprise clientbase. Jayson currently resides in San Jose where he participates in several philanthropic endeavors including Affect The Youth— a scholarship program geared towards helping underserved high school students pursue their educational and professional development in the areas of Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Arts/Athletics, and Math.
Megan Jacobs Araujo started off her musical career in Los Angeles during the late ‘90s helping book and launch the cultural music mecca, Temple Bar in Santa Monica. She later helped produce the North Beach Jazz Fest and New Orleans at Night, a series of Jazz Fest club shows. In 2005, she joined the booking department for the legendary Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip. She quickly became Head Talent Buyer overseeing all elements of a show’s lifecycle from booking to production to finals. Prior to the pandemic, Megan was the Director of Programming at the historic Mayfair Hotel in Downtown LA, where she was able to showcase LA’s finest live music and art.
Nancy Marie Arteaga has 12 years of experience managing Los Angeles based music groups through her company Nance Arte Productions, a full-service management, and production agency. Born in Downey, Nancy’s deep roots and passion for music have made her a staple of Southern California’s Latin, soul, and reggae communities. Her relationships with the Southland’s most up-and-coming bands including the Boogaloo Assassins, The Expanders, The Delirians, Extra Ancestral, Bobby Oroza, Eric Bobo and Cutty Flam, as well as legacy acts such as rocksteady revivalists Hepcat and afro-funk ensemble Ethio Cali She has created dozens of extremely well-received fundraising and community events including a ten-band, multi-genre tribute to the late Sharon Jones & Charles Bradley, The Big Crown Records Revue, and Dolores Huerta’s 81st Birthday Celebration. Additionally, she works with Spaceland Presents on the long-running dance party Funky Sole at The Echo. She has led fundraising efforts for a variety of Los Angeles nonprofits, including Team Brownsville. Her marketing experience includes work as the brand marketing manager for B-Real TV, the custom hat designers of Pachuco Supply, and Lalo Alcaraz. In addition to her musical and marketing expertise, Nancy is a special effects makeup artist and voiceover talent for major studios and has a degree in Nuclear Medicine.
Phil Shell fell in love with music at a very young age singing alongside his mother in their church choir. He went on to record hip-hop music as a teenager and that is how he fell in love with the entertainment and music businesses. As an avid sports fan, music and comedy lover, he loves traveling to unfamiliar places to experience live entertainment while taking in the local culture. After successfully exiting multiple night club and café businesses in San Francisco, Phil is looking forward to bringing his skill set to JABM to create unique and unforgettable experiences.