Greenville Business Magazine

Now in its 27th year, our annual Best & Brightest 35 and Under issue celebrates the women and men who are rising stars in the business community. Even though they have many more years in the workplace, these Best & Brightest have made an impact at their businesses and in our community.

J.K. Jay
Founding Partner / President
Age 31

As co-founder and president of LyonJay, my responsibilities include overseeing the company’s operations, creating and maintaining relationships with capital partners and overseeing project development and investment. To date, I have secured over $1 billion in debt and equity commitments, and I am responsible for a portfolio currently valued at over $500 million.

As a former member of the Clemson football team and an All ACC Academic Team honoree under Coach Dabo Swinney, I try to exemplify the leadership he exhibited and the culture he graciously fostered during his time at Clemson. I am committed to creating optimal investment opportunities for LyonJay’s capital partners and developing great communities for their builder clients and residents. Outside of work, I enjoy giving back to my community by mentoring current Clemson players through the P.A.W. Journey program, serving on the board of directors of Clemson’s Letterman’s Association and serving on the Laurens County Transportation Committee. My greatest accomplishments and sources of pride are my wife, Katie, and two young boys, Jack and Hunter.

Who was your most influential mentor?

Coach Dabo Swinney and my business partner Jennings Lyon have been my most influential mentors.

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

I would tell myself to dream big dreams, not just in football, but in life. Dream big for what you want professionally, personally and spiritually. Trust God. Focus on the moment and be the best you can be in each moment. Focus on loving and serving people as much as you can. Enjoy the journey.

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