Jay is a partner and founding member of Hahn ǀ DeBoef where he oversees government relations, advocacy, new strategies and messaging efforts on behalf of various clients. Prior to founding Hahn ǀ DeBoef, Jay served as the Director of Government Relations for the Missouri Optometric Association (MOA) where he was responsible for developing the MOA’s legislative priorities and implementing strategies to ensure those priorities were effectively communicated to the Missouri General Assembly.
Professionally, Jay is involved with the Missouri Society of Association Executives (MSAE), a non-profit organization that promotes and supports excellence and professionalism among association executives. Jay served MSAE as the past President along with numerous other positions.
Additionally, Jay founded a small technology business 14 years ago and worked to provide innovative solutions to his clients as an IT contractor. While information technology is no longer his primary focus, his IT experience has been invaluable understanding technology-related legislative issues.
In his free time, Jay enjoys aviation as a hobby. In 2012, Jay earned his Federal Aviation Administration Private Pilot certification. In addition to flying for fun, Jay also uses aviation as an advocacy and campaign outreach tool.
Jay earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He currently resides in Jefferson City with his wife Kayla and daughter Clara.
Bachelor of Science, Political Science
Missouri State University, 2008
Missouri Society of Association Executives – President, 2017
Logos Foundation – Founding Member/Trustee
American Optometric Association – State Executive
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association – Member
Legal Eagle, LLC – Managing Partner
Missouri Times, Top 100 People in Politics