Strategic Advising

The modern business environment is volatile, complex and in many ways, ambiguous. For senior executives and decision makers, complexities and uncertainties in the workplace present a challenge to effective decision making and leadership. Without a trusted resource for advice and counsel, more than a few leaders falter, making it nearly impossible to stay competitive or forge ahead of the curve.

When it comes to advice, there are only a handful of people who can be trusted to provide the kind of information that will not only add value, but also, reach executives on a level that makes sense to them- in their business. Jay McDonald has unparalleled expertise gained through proven leadership and CEO experience in multiple venues across a wide variety of industries. With a sound foundation in finance, operations and technology, he’s a strategic visionary- an analytical thinker and problem solver who uses well-reasoned judgment to create practicable solutions.

Business Savvy Meets Street Smarts

A serial entrepreneur and innovator, Jay knows what it takes to make the tough decisions. He’s made the journey and has the hands-on knowledge and skills to help those on their way up survive the challenges that that lie ahead. With a combination of business savvy and street smarts that’s rare in any industry, Jay challenges the status quo and has been rewarded with success time and time again. He’s field tested, battle hardened and more than ready for the next opportunity.

The Tools to Move Organizations and Leaders Forward

Whether it’s an organization-wide communications strategy, an executive level decision or uncertainty rolling out a new technology, Jay has the expertise to draw on and the innate skills to help guide decision making. On multiple occasions, he has helped move organizations to the next phase, resulting in optimized value for owners and stakeholders as well as record setting revenue. With commercial banking and investment banking alone, Jay has helped senior executives reach milestones unheard of in the field.


Jay currently serves on the Board of Directors for ECI Group in Atlanta; American Screen Art, Inc. in Knoxville; Compliance Depot, LLC, in Dallas; Buckhead Investment Partners in Atlanta; the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia; and the Frabel Art Foundation in Atlanta. He is a licensed real estate professional and a nationally recognized trainer for commercial lenders and credit administrators. In 2002, Jay was pleased to serve as an official Olympic torchbearer in Salt Lake City.

Jay has an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia where he received the prestigious Samuel Forest Hyde Memorial Fellowship and a BS in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology graduating in the top 10 percent of his class.

Board Positions & Designations

  • saltlake
  • imgres
  • gtaa
  • saltlake
  • compliance depot