Javarro "Jay" Edwards
Jay Edwards is a proud native of Chicago, IL. Jay accepted a football scholarship to Morehouse College where he helped the Maroon Tigers win a share of the SIAC Championship in 1991. As a two-sport student-athlete, he also helped lead an effort to reestablish the Maroon Tiger baseball team at the College in 1991 after a twelve-year absence. Jay earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Morehouse in 1992.
Following his entrepreneurial aspirations, Jay founded the JME Group, LLC, a successful Atlanta-based business specializing specialty retail, food, and beverage concessions in the aviation space. Focused on quality and strategic growth, JME Group has an expanding national presence. In its fifteenth year, JME currently has concessions operations in multiple airports around the country. These airports include JFK in New York, Denver, Newark, Los Angeles, Boise, and Kauai.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Jay is a civic leader in the Atlanta community. Most notably, Jay is a loyal and committed alum of his alma mater Morehouse College where he served as interim athletic director 2019 to 2020. He is the current National Alumni Association and was the former President of the Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter. Jay serves as an official corporate sponsor during major college gatherings such as Annual Commencement, Homecoming and A Candle in the Dark, and has been recognized by the College, the national association, and the local chapter for his dedicated service. These honors include 2016-17 Region 1 Alumnus of the Year, Top Donor for the Class of 1992 25th anniversary reunion, and 2016 Honoring Our Fathers Dr. Joseph Draper Service Award recipient, Morehouse Living Legends 2018, Alumnus of the year for the Atlanta Chapter 2019. Jay was recently inducted into the Howard W. Thurman Society for his charitable commitment to the College.
Additionally, Jay is an active member of Kappa Boule’ of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Eta Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and 100 Black Men of DeKalb County. Continuing his passion for youth athletics and sports, Jay is an NCAA Division 1 football referee.
Jay is married to Tiffany Cochran Edwards, and they are the proud parents of their daughter Emerson. They worship at Impact United Methodist Church in Atlanta. In his spare time, Jay enjoys as much golf as possible.