A lifelong resident of Acadiana, Jay graduated from Lafayette High and while at UL, he and a handful of his close friends started the UL Water Ski Team in 1988. Since that time the UL Water Ski Team has won numerous National Championships and continues to be a top contender each year.
While in college, Jay sold snowcones from the back of an old mail truck as well as from an Authentic Railroad Caboose which he renovated for the same purpose. Jay then started Syrup Systems, Inc., a family run business, which manufactures and produces snowcone and shaved ice equipment, syrups, and accessories for Amusement Parks across the United States. He is an active member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and has served on both the Space Allocation and the Manufacturer and Supplier Committees. His company was awarded IAAPA's highest and most coveted "Impact Award" for Best New Product in an amusement park out of over 1,300 participating companies and continues to be a top industry innovator.
For years Jay has managed family properties, commercial and recreational, and has a passion for hunting and the outdoors. From creating Food Plots to working with Forrester's to manage timber harvests and everything in between, He loves spending time with his Family at their farm in Mississippi.
Jay and his wife Kim reside in Vermilion Parish.