Jay Morrison accomplished his first successful business endeavor at age 26, taking a start-up real estate investing company, “Mr. Real Estate, LLC,” from zero dollars in revenue to over $3 million in under two years. Despite facing formidable challenges while building his career of having to overcome a troubled childhood, no formal business experience or college education; Mr. Morrison was still able to beat the odds through his unrelenting ambition and steadfast determination.
It is this innate resilience and penchant for success that led to national notoriety in 2008 – 2009 when Mr. Morrison was featured on B.E.T highlighting his transformation and rags-to-riches story; along with being chosen as one of the faces of fashion giant Roc A Wear’s “I Will Not Lose” campaign. In addition to a variety of other successful business ventures, Mr. Morrison has continued to build his celebrity with nearly a dozen features on NBC’s “Open House NYC,” published his first book Hip Hop 2 Homeowners, and became the first African American realtor hired by Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty; all while reaching over 30,000 students in under two years through his youth empowerment concerts and mentorship initiatives for at-risk youth and disadvantaged members of the community under his “Project Culture Change” foundation. He has also quickly become a viral internet sensation, with his motivational online videos collectively amassing over one million views.
Jay’s vision, solution-driven nature, and passion for being a positive, motivational figure to underserved youth has now led him to the concept and creation of the innovative, socially-conscious school uniform collection aptly branded Young Minds Can™. Teaming up with fellow humanitarian and New York Jets first-round draft pick Muhammad ‘Mo’ Wilkerson, the duo joined forces to combine their celebrity, media power and influence to create the modern yet affordable collection. Young Minds Can™ is aimed at empowering students and reinforcing the importance of business attire etiquette and its correlation to academic and professional advancement.
Jay’s unwavering commitment to giving back stems largely from his own childhood as a former at-risk teen growing up in Somerville, NJ. He is now doting father to 14-year old Ana Jane and 5-year old London Jay, and currently resides in Jersey City, NJ. Jay is an active real estate agent in northern New Jersey, with corporate offices for Young Minds Can™ and his several other business ventures in New York City. Jay is passionately realizing his vision for the future of serving his community, and, ultimately, creating impact and change globally.
“My blueprint for how anyone can achieve the American Dream is simple: maintain a positive attitude, take pride in your appearance, and understand the power of ownership!”