Jay was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but spent his childhood moving through the United States. He went to high school in Cincinnati where he played baseball. He has three boys, two of which have played in the HOSA organization. Jay's younger brother played competitive soccer, and it was through traveling to and watching those games that Jay developed a love for the sport. Jay works locally for a large financial institution, where he manages a team tasked with the analysis for complex financials. He has experience serving on the Board of the Columbus Opera, and enjoys seeing the success of non profits such as HOSA.