Co-Founder & CEO.
Jay Michael Holder
Chief Executive Officer
J.F. Holder Foundation
Jay Michael Holder is the Chief Executive Officer of the J. F. Holder Foundation. Mr. Holder co-founded the organization with his father (the late J.F. Holder), with the mission of creating educational and social opportunities in economically disadvantaged communities, building a supportive network for at-risk youth and their families and laying out strategies and solutions that advance racial and social justice in America. Mr. Holder is responsible for board management, program development, and operations management.
Mr. Holder is a founding board member of the Chicago Arts & Entertainment Council (CAEC). The organization’s mission is to foster and support a vibrant movie, media and music community in Chicago by building awareness of the diverse and rich talent resources the city has to offer, recognize notable contributors to Chicago’s arts and entertainment community, provide educational opportunities and scholarships, entice and encourage professional artists to continue to work and feature Chicago throughout their careers.
Mr. Holder is the Managing Principal of Jay Michael, a lifestyle, marketing and event production company based in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He oversees the strategic development, design and management of the company’s global hospitality and entertainment assets. He leads an integrated team focused on revenue growth and the lifestyle brand of the company's acquisitions. Jay Michael produces world-class special events covering a broad spectrum of entertainment genres, including concerts, festivals and music showcases.
Previously, Mr. Holder was the CEO of Automated Computer System Inc. in Los Angeles, a business and information management systems company for over 22 years, and an IT consultant for over 33 years. He was responsible for improving business results through the utilization of new technology and computer systems.
Partial list of Automated Computer System’s (ACS) projects under Mr. Holder leadership: