Meet Jay


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James (Jay) McConville

Jay McConville is a family man, a successful business executive, an active community leader, and a veteran who is dedicated to working for his God, his nation, his community, and his family and friends. Since running for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009, Jay has dedicated his efforts to helping Republican Candidates and building the Fairfax County Republican Committee through his service as the Vice Chair for Budget and Finance. In his tenure the committee has achieved excellent financial growth and improved its financial management through a combination of planning, careful management, and transparent information sharing with the full committee. To help the Committee, he also recently assumed duties as Precinct Captain for the Ft. Hunt Precinct in Mt. Vernon.

Jay is dedicated to Fairfax County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and our Nation. Jay and Sue, his wife of 26 years, have lived in Fairfax County with their three children since leaving military service 1996. They both attended college in the area – Jay at George Mason University and Sue at Marymount College. Jay also received his Masters of Science degree (Masters of Science in Strategic Intelligence) from the Washington DC based Defense Intelligence College. Their youngest, Katelyn, attends a local high school, while their oldest, Jake, is a senior at Radford University who will receive a US Army Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in May of 2011. Their middle son, Colin, is a Cadet at the United States Air Force Academy, and a candidate for a United States Air Force Commission in 2014.

Jay Brings Organizational Leadership Experience. Jay has had a very successful business career, and served in senior leadership positions over multiple organizations. Currently he is the Chairman of the Board of AME Unmanned Air Systems, and an Executive Vice President at Chandler/May, Inc., a defense system integrator specializing in the development and manufacture of unmanned aircraft and ground control systems. Before these positions, Jay successfully served as AME’s President and CEO, and before that as an Operations Vice President with a major Virginia based defense firm, leading a $300+ million/year division with 1,500 employees.

Jay won the General Dynamics 2003 President’s Integrity and Ethics Award, and the GTE Warner Award for technical excellence and achievement. He has many business training credentials, including the University of Virginia’s Darden School Business Leadership Course.

After three years on its Executive Committee, Jay was elected President of the DC Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Systems International (AUVSI), an industry association with over 300 members in the DC are. He also serves on the national AUVSI’s UAS Advocacy Committee.

Jay also serves as the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce Legislative Co-Chair, after being elected to its Board of Directors in 2010.

Jay is a Community Leader. In addition to serving the FCRC and running for Delegate from Mt. Vernon, Jay has a long history of community service. He served for seven years on the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association (FHYAA) board, one of the largest volunteer athletic associations in Northern Virginia, the last four as its two-time elected President. He is also an active member in the Waynewood Citizen’s Association and the Mt. Vernon Council of Citizen’s Associations. At his local church, Jay has served in many capacities – including many years as a youth leader, and currently as a Youth Sunday school teacher and as the two-time Chair of the annual Commitment Campaign, a $1.4+ million annual fundraising effort.

Jay’s passion for athletics goes beyond his duties as FHYAA President, including coaching many youth teams in basketball, baseball, and football. Jay is an active runner and triathlete, competing in the Richmond and Boston Marathons and the Ironman Triathlon in 2008. He is also the race director of the “Get Your Rear in Gear 5K” and “Tony Snow Mile for a Miracle” event held each year in Mt. Vernon to raise money and awareness for Colon Cancer research and prevention. The race, now entering its fourth year, is dedicated to the memory of Jay’s friend Tony Snow, who was also a member of Jay’s band.

Jay is well known as the lead singer and trumpet player in the local bands Beats Workin’ and Close to Home. Both are active in charities, having raised over $100,000 throughout the years.

Jay has a Passion For Service to our Nation. In addition to his current community service, Jay is a decorated Army Veteran who served as an Intelligence Officer, leading both tactical reconnaissance units and analytical organizations. An Airborne Ranger, his leadership includes service with the 24th and 6th Infantry Divisions and with the 1st Calvary during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Among other awards, his military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), and the Army Achievement Medal (with two oak leaf clusters)