jay r. watkins


Jay has nearly 20 years of strategic and tactical experience in the recruiting industry.  He joined JWC Partners in 2011, and has been working on executive search and board placement since joining the firm.  He has worked across a broad range of industries, including industrial manufacturing, financial institutions, and professional services.

His career started with Management Recruiters International where he led large scale hiring initiatives on a national basis for companies in many industries.  He went on to work as a leader for the corporate recruiting team at NovaStar Financial, Inc. and most recently was the Director of Recruitment Services for Staffing Solutions Enterprises.

One of the key elements to Jay's success in recruiting is his ability to partner with companies to help define what they need, then go out into the market and find the right person to meet those needs.

Jay received his Bachelors degree in Communications from Purdue University and a Masters in Communications from Syracuse University.  Jay lives in a suburb of Cleveland, OH with his wife Amy and their two sons.  He enjoys sports, music, and traveling.

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