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Jay has lived in Austin since 1998. He moved here from Tulsa, Oklahoma where he lived for 7 years and went to the University of Tulsa.
YOU MAY RECOGNIZE HIM FROM…
The Alamo Drafthouse where he worked for 7 years. He bartended, managed, helped with the Rolling Roadshow and was GM at the Village location for 3 years. He was also the Front Desk Supervisor at Hotel Saint Cecilia.
WHY REAL ESTATE
“I realized it is kind of an extension of what I had already been doing in the hospitality industry, and especially at the hotel – getting to know people, their likes & preferences and helping them find what they need.”
“Some people might find it interesting that I became friends with a famous Russian poet named, Yevgeny Yevtushenko. He and I drove his Cadillac from Tulsa to New York one year. On that trip, he called me a “fast food snob”, because I turned down one type of fast food for another.”
Jay and his wife, Michelle, have two adventurous children. Their daughter, Caroline, is 13 years old and very witty. He’s extremely proud that he introduced her to Fawlty Towers and how much she loves it. Their son, Denver, is 10 years old. He has the best red curls in his hair and his voice is so funny Jay uses it for his text alerts.
They also have four furry members of the family. River, a Golden Retriever/Australian Shepherd mix, Phoebe the German Shepherd, plus two cats – Finn and Freddy; a tuxedo cat named after Freddy Kreuger in a nod to being born at Halloween.
TRAVELS NEAR AND FAR
“I’ve taken a couple of trips to Europe. I love Ireland, Prague, and especially Cinque Terre, Italy. Michelle and I really want to go back soon.
I love to take the family and the dogs to hang out at the river. The Frio River is probably our favorite. Every year, we spend several days with family hanging out on the Frio and staying in cabins in Concan, TX. I love to cook and grill. I love to camp, watch movies and hang out in my hammock.”
Jay is pretty obsessive over the Houston Astros and will never forget when they finally won the World Series! He’s also a huge fan of Austin FC, and you’ll be sure to find him catching their matches whenever they’re playing at the Q2.
“I guess my weakness is gadgets. Especially accessories to go with my Pit Barrel Cooker and my Weber kettle grill. I don’t know if that’s much of a secret though!
You could say my specialty with the Pit Barrel Cooker is cooking chicken & ribs together. The chicken absorbs some of the rib flavor. The first time I did that, Michelle said “this chicken tastes like bacon!” Now I always cook them together like that.”
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