Jay didn’t start in Financial Advising. He began his career in broadcasting in 1977 while still in college, and by 1979 had already picked up a Missouri Sportscaster of the Year award for his work in Jefferson City, beating out veteran sportscasters in larger markets. This trend continued for years to come and after a long and storied career in sports broadcasting — including a 12-year stint as the radio play-by-play announcer for the San Antonio Spurs during their first world championship —Jay decided it was time for a change. But a career like that can be a tough act to follow. So instead of a career, Howard found a calling.
He found that his drive to do something important and challenging, with a positive impact on the community, could be channeled in a new way: helping people ensure their family’s financial futures. So in 2005, Jay became a financial advisor. In 2013, he opened Cornermen Financial with his fellow partner, realizing a vision to build a firm that cares about its clients’ success more than anybody else, avoiding transactional relationships. In his practice, Jay leads with an emphasis on education. He believes that human nature is a failed investor and that removing emotion from decision making by strictly adhering to a written financial life pays dividends. His other philosophy is a bit more straightforward, but just as effective: Just do the right thing.
Many San Antonio civic and business leaders credit Jay as one of the driving forces behind the building of the Alamodome, home to the San Antonio Spurs from 1993-2003. The stadium allowed the city to attract the annual Alamo Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Final Four, among other high-profile sporting events. Later, Jay introduced a proposal to bring together the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo with the Spurs under a single roof in a new, multipurpose arena. The effort led to the building of San Antonio’s AT&T Center, completed in 2002.
Howard continues to do play-by-play on occasion for the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Roadrunners basketball. He’s played an instrumental role in numerous San Antonio youth sports organizations. He’s married to his wife, Debbie, has two adult daughters, Andrea and Carly, and three grandsons, Julian, Oliver and Milo.
In his spare time, Jay enjoys photography and American history. He’s also a foodie, with a penchant for local indigenous dining. He is an avid non-golfer.
Jay earned his Financial Services Specialist (FSS) and Certified Long-Term Care (CLTC) designations, convinced through personal experience that long-term care should be a part of every family’s financial plan. He’s a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and he has a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, TV & Film from Wichita State University.
In August of 2023, Jay was inducted into the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame with the support of his family alongside him. Family members shown in the picture below from left to right front row: his grandsons- Julian and Oliver, his daughters- Andrea and Blanca, Blanca's fiancé- Kristopher, and his mom- Rhoda. Left to right back row: Logan, Jay, and Debbie.
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