“Success is second nature to James “Jay” A. Barrett, Jr., who’s been a leader in Nevada’s unique financial industry for decades. He first established an expertise in serving private companies and their owners, from business formation and estate planning to raising capital, as a CPA from 1975 to 1985. From there, he joined Marnell Companies, a privately-held company owning a portfolio of companies in architecture, construction, real estate development, and various investment activities. He served as the senior financial executive and a member of the Board of Directors from 1986 to 2011. Under Jay’s leadership, the company’s combined revenues averaged $500 million through fiscal 2010.
While at Marnell Companies, among his many responsibilities, Jay was CFO of TRIRIGA, a software development company, which was sold in an all-cash transaction to IBM in 2011. He was also Co-founder, President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Rio Hotel & Casino, Inc, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company that conceived, developed, owned, and operated the Rio Suite Hotel & Casino, America’s first all-suite hotel casino. Founded in 1986, it was sold to Harrahs Entertainment in 1999 at a value of $800 million.
In July 2011, Jay founded The JABarrett Company to offer his wealth of experience in corporate finance, real estate, growth, organization and governance, strategy, and performance improvement .
Outside of work, he has dedicated himself to improving the quality and long-term strength of the Las Vegas community. Today, he works closely with the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Council for a Better Nevada, and St. Rose Hospitals. He is also a member of the James Renwick Alliance and the United Way of Southern Nevada Tocqueville Society.
Jay is a BSBA graduate, with an accounting degree, from the University of Florida and has maintained his license as a CPA since 1975.”