Jeffery Lay, Board Member
Jeff is a 24-year veteran of the United States Navy, United States Air Force, and Ohio Air National Guard. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he served a highly decorated military career flying the F-14 Tomcat and the F-16 Fighting Falcon in his nation’s defense.
An accomplished Mission Commander and graduate of the vaunted Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), he flew more than 50 combat missions, made over 400 carrier landings and accumulated over 3,500 flight hours during three combat deployments to Southwest Asia, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Persian Gulf.
At the height of his military career, Jeff was diagnosed with an advanced form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Told he would never fly again, he fought the disease with unspeakable courage, choosing to undergo an experimental form of chemotherapy. Poetically, Jeff beat cancer and returned to the cockpit on Veteran’s Day, 1998.
Raised in America’s heartland, Jeff received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. A noted author and keynote speaker, his book titled TOPGUN on Wall Street was released on May 1, 2012.