Jay loves to cook, and Jala Jala is his passion. His wife Susan is also very involved with Jala Jala and his two kids are following in his footsteps in the food world. Jay has over 20 years experience in being an entrepreneur. Jala Jala has allowed Jay to combine his passion for exceptional food and his sense of business. He attended El Centro College Culinary School. With Jay's Texas culinary roots and innovative ideas he has developed products for Jala Jala. Jay loves people, entertaining, and football. He believes successful people put their shopping cart up and don't leave it in the parking lot. 'If it is to be, it's up to me' is a favorite quote of his. Jay enjoys a good whiskey, the occasional cigar.

 In 2014 he received the Acidified Foods Better Process School Certificate from Auburn University followed by the National Environmental Health Association’s Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) Manager Certificate in 2015.   He has presented at the Alabama Food Protection Association’s annual meeting and attends Auburn University’s annual Food Entrepreneurial Conference. He sits on the Huntsville Technology School Culinary Board and has served as a judge at the Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association’s ProStart competition.