Jay’s role is to promote business development in the aerospace and defense industry economic sector for Colorado. In that role, he works with local, state, and federal government, research and development institutions, trade associations, and business to develop a vibrant business climate to maintain, sustain, and grow aerospace and defense business in Colorado.
Jay joined the Office of Economic Development and International Trade in November 2013. Prior to his current position, Jay operated a consulting business for aerospace and defense where he worked with major defense business across the United States. Jay previously served in the Air Force for over 33 years after graduation from the Air Force Academy in 1978. He retired as a Major General on 2 January 2012 with his last assignment to the Pentagon serving under the Air Force Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, as Capability Director, Global Power Programs.
Jay has developed, connected, and been a catalyst for a dynamic and thriving aerospace ecosystem in Colorado. His work has led to many aerospace defense companies expanding and growing in Colorado where Colorado now ranks as second in the nation in direct aerospace employment. His leadership for the Government Affairs Aerospace Forum and State Legislative Aerospace and Defense Caucus as resulted in more informed federal and state elected officials to actively support aerospace in Colorado.