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Jay Orris is a brand management professional currently focused on family responsibilities and non-profit leadership. He serves on the board of Free2Be Foods and the Board of Trustees at the Boulder Country Day School.
In addition to serving on the Board at BCD, he has spearheaded a program to bring the Aspen Seminar format to the middle school students there. The IdEA Seminar is a text based seminar designed to help the 6th, 7th and 8th graders explore their values, as well as their relationship to the world around them. The 3-year program culminates in the 8th graders writing a personal value statement.
He is involved as a founder in the LeadBoulder program with Boulder Valley School District, which helps develop high school juniors’ potential by providing leadership experience and helps them explore personal values.
Until June 2009, Jay was Marketing Director at Healthy Food Holdings, a private-equity owned management company that acquired and built healthy and natural food brands. In his years there, Jay focused on the Van’s frozen food business and also worked on the acquisition and management of yogurt brands Breyers and Yo-Crunch. He left the company to travel the world with his family on the Fall ’09 voyage of Semester at Sea.
Prior to joining Healthy Food Holdings, Jay was Marketing Director on the International Delight coffee creamer business for WhiteWave Foods. He was a brand manager with responsibility for 11 product lines for Horizon Organic when Dean Foods purchased the company and merged it with Silk Soymilk and International Delight to form WhiteWave Foods. He also spent five years in working on various brands at General Mills in Minneapolis.
Jay received his MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth and his undergrad degree in Biochemistry and Economics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. Jay grew up in Toronto. Before moving to the United States in 1994 to attend graduate school, he spent almost six years in Japan, most of it working for a small, privately held trading company.
Jay lives in Boulder with his wife and their active fifteen and thirteen year old sons when they are not exploring the world.