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Jennifer Nay graduated from Radford University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance in 1992. She became a stockbroker at an investment bank in New York City the following year. She enjoyed an 8-year career as a stockbroker next at Charles Schwab & Co., in Richmond Virginia, where she was assistant branch manager and a bond specialist. Later, Nay began her own book of business at Wheat First Butcher Singer, an old Richmond Firm which is now a part of Wells Fargo Advisors. In 2000, she sold her clientele book to a colleague so that she could open a real estate investing company, Nay Properties, LLC and a veterinary hospital with her husband Marc, a two-time graduate of Auburn University.
Marc and Jennifer opened Animal Medical Center as a one-doctor day practice, but in 2011 expanded to a 24-hour Emergency and Critical Care Center/day practice hybrid. Marc was the veterinarian in charge, and Jennifer ran the business side of things. Together, the couple managed the hospital which received referrals from over 80 veterinary practices in Central Virginia with 50 employees including 10 doctors. In a short time, Animal Medical Center became the premier Emergency and Critical Care practice in the Greater Metro Richmond Area. The couple created a veterinary campus where veterinary specialists rented from Nay Properties and referred patients to Animal Medical Center. In 2018 The Nays sold their practice to a corporation and later that same year were approached by a private equity firm which purchased the veterinary campus.
The three good exits Jennifer achieved in the business world allowed her to move to Auburn, where she chose to partially retire with Marc and their two teenagers, Olivia, a senior at Auburn High School, and Brock, a junior at Auburn High.
Jennifer began the full-time MBA program at Auburn in the fall of 2020, and began working with The Entrepreneurship Program in October of 2020, first a judge on The Halloween Pitch Business Idea Competition and as an intern before becoming an Entrepreneur-In-Residence in April of 2021. Jennifer brings her experience in business finance, investments, management, real estate, and more to the exciting and growing Entrepreneurship Program at Auburn.