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 Ramsey Jay, Jr. ( is a Wall Street trained global investment management executive, and Founding Principal of Ramsey Jay, Jr. And Associates, a strategic consultancy specializing in institutional sales solutions, corporate communications, diversity & inclusion programming, enterprise leadership development, and executive talent management. Additionally, Mr. Jay is a self-improvement author of the best-selling book “Empowering Dreamers To Become Achievers”, international subject matter keynote lecturer, and empowerment motivational speaker. Notably, Mr. Jay made opening remarks at the White House where Former President Barack Obama hosted an event honoring the philanthropic legacy of Ray Charles. Mr. Jay earned a BS in Business Administration-Finance from California State University, Fresno, where he was a five-time all-conference Division 1 track and field athlete. Mr. Jay also earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he was voted ‘Commencement Speaker’ of the 105th graduating class. Mr. Jay is a native of Ventura County where his academic, civic, and athletic exploits earned him a place in the Ventura High School Hall of Fame. 


LAIRD HAYES (retired NFL Official)

Dr. Laird Hayes (born in Santa Barbara, California) was an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) from the 1995-2017 NFL seasons, who wore uniform number 125. He worked primarily as a side judge.

Hayes graduated from San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California. Hayes earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in New Jersey in 1971. He was awarded a Master's and Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1976.

He played on football, basketball and baseball teams in high school, which prepared him for an athletic performance at Princeton. He played on the freshman football team and four years as a catcher for the Princeton Tigers baseball team.

Hayes' officiating career started with basketball, baseball, and football games in high school and community colleges. In 1983, he was elevated to the Pac-10 as a football official. This was followed with a 1995 appointment to the National Football League roster of officials and his designation as a side judge. During his career in the NFL, he has officiated in three Super Bowls: XXXVI in 2002, XXXVIII in 2004, and XLVI in 2012 (where he made a call which might be consider one of the greatest calls in Super Bowl history). He also officiated at the 2006 Pro Bowl.

Laird Hayes has held the post of Men's Soccer Coach and Professor of Education and Athletics at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, since 1976 and retired in November 2010. He also taught First Aid/CPR, surfing, bowling, soccer, and weight training.

Hayes is currently the Commissioner of the City of Newport Beach Park, Beaches and Recreation as well as Newport Beach Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) Volunteer.


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