Jay hails from Asbury Park, New Jersey. He also began volunteering early in life as a hospice care worker, medical researcher and kindergarten teacher while still in college. After college, Jay taught at a struggling high school in Richmond, Virginia, and then moved on to the Hunger Project, where he helped to grow the volunteer force to five million worldwide.
At the age of 37, Jay started a consulting company with two friends on a houseboat in Sausalito. “We had a $10,000 loan from my mother, one employee, a flipchart and a marker,” he says. It was there that Louise and Jay met. The two were married soon after and now have three grown children.
The company, JMJ Associates, would become a global consulting powerhouse specializing in mining, energy and construction, and working on high-profile projects, like the Channel Tunnel, the London Olympics and extinguishing the oil fires in Kuwait at the end of the Gulf War. “We were making the impossible possible–that’s our tagline.”