The Jackson Center Team is one of the most experienced hospitality teams in North Alabama
Jackson Center is where Huntsville does business. From conferences and trade shows to business meetings and events, we routinely host groups of all sizes. Breakfast meetings, lunch meetings, dinners and receptions – we deliver a full range of services and consistently exceed expectations.
Daniel LaBoudiere - Director
Daniel has been in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. He started his career at Little America Hotels and Towers in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the kitchen, he learned the skill of attention to detail and food presentation at an early age. He worked at the Huntsville Hilton, and the Von Braun Center in Huntsville and has sales, catering and event management experience. For 14 years, he held the position of Director of Sales and Operations at the Huntsville Marriott and then General Manager. Daniel was President of the Huntsville/Madison County Hospitality Association for four years, was involved in the Alabama Hospitality Association, Alabama Mountain Lakes and has been an active part of the community serving on numerous committees such as the Taste of Huntsville and Whistlestop.
He is currently Director of the Jackson Center and recently attended The Art of Catering Food Program in Salt Lake City, Utah. Daniel has now gone back to his roots and is using his culinary skills, passion for cooking, presentation skills and attention to detail by overseeing the Culinary Team at the Jackson Center. The team prides itself on freshly prepared food, cooked onsite and Daniel makes sure the conference center delivers its hallmark distraction-free meetings.
Jamie Jones – Director of Sales & Marketing
Jamie Jones has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and taught school before finding her passion in hospitality. For over 25 years, she has worked in the industry in hotels, non-profit organizations, and even owned her own catering business. Jamie worked at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, Huntsville Hilton and Huntsville Marriott. She brings the creative element to the Jackson Center hospitality team with her expertise in catering, decorating, and floral design. She was named by Convention South Magazine as a “Meeting Planner to Watch” in 2014 and was featured in Huntsville Event Magazine’s “Women in Business” issue in 2018.
Barry Walker – Operations Manager
Barry Walker got his start in the hospitality industry by working in the restaurant that his mother owned in Kentucky. He has worked in management at places such as Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and Green Hills Grille, which he opened both in Nashville and Huntsville. Barry served as Food and Beverage Director for the Huntsville Marriott before coming to the Jackson Center. His passion for excellence and attention to detail is evident with every event he manages.
Jim Marbutt – Accountant/Administrative Assistant
Jim Marbutt is a northwest Alabama native whose accounting career took root in Atlanta, where he worked with a wide range of companies and government agencies in auditing and accounting. He then shifted to real estate, working with builders, developers and real estate brokers in home sales. He returned part-time to accounting, also working at one of the premier catering companies in Atlanta, and was in charge of the food ministry at his church. In 2018, Jim returned to Alabama to retire, but decided that he needed more stimulus and joined the Jackson Center team. He loves gardening, cooking, travel, and spending time with his grandchildren.