A Letter From Jay

I live on Mercer Island with my wife, Adrien, daughters Alexis and Alyssa, and two dogs, Paxton and Pogo. I am a true Seattle native, living and working in the magnificent Pacific Northwest my entire life.

I graduated from the University of Washington in 1985 with a degree in speech communication. Prior to establishing my real estate career, I called on head buyers for grocery chains for Scott Paper Co., a Fortune 100 company. During my tenure with this national products leader, I learned valuable lessons in exceptional client service, attention to detail, and win-win negotiating.

As a way of giving back to the community and helping children, my prior real estate company encouraged all agents to donate $10 per transaction to Children’s Hospital in 1998. I donated $25 per transaction, which amounted to a total of $900 donated that year as a result of my business transactions.

When I was a child, I had a few operations at Children’s Hospital and found it to be a great experience for children my age. Because of this, Children’s Hospital has a special place in my heart.

Also, our office went on a tour of the hospital last year and not only did I find it quite informative, I also found myself becoming emotional seeing the small children inflicted with terminal illnesses. After experiencing this, it was quite easy to make the determination as to how much money to donate to the hospital on a per-transaction basis. It’s nice to know that my donation is helping these children fight their individual diseases.

Since 1999, and continuing with Windermere Real Estate, I decided to increase my donation to Children’s Hospital to a total of $50 per transaction. I hope that each and every one of you considers how fortunate you are in life and give what you can to those less fortunate. Whether it be to Children’s Hospital or your favorite charity, please give either with your time or dollars.