Jay Chastain, ENV SP

President/Chief Executive Officer

Jay Chastain is consistently broadening the scope of his knowledge for a greater purpose. His unending quest for a greater understanding of people and systems, and his ability to be agile and adaptable, is propelled by an authentic desire to see people succeed.

Jay is intentional about ensuring that the firm’s legacy is preserved, but he also incrementally invests in advances that serve both his team and his clients well. Jay’s role in the growth of the firm is rooted in his uncanny ability to identify and address opportunities for innovation.

Throughout his tenure at the firm, Jay’s steadfast guiding principle is his commitment to equipping experts with resources to propel the power of their expertise, and then to put those experts squarely in the driver’s seat.

Jay joined the firm in 2008 and was named President in 2014. He initially found his place at the firm by identifying opportunities and investing in solutions that would advance the company and empower its people, and this approach continues to inform Jay’s leadership style today.

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu

The people of Chastain-Skillman are and have always been, unrivaled technical experts. However, Jay hones the firm’s technological and corporate infrastructure to better support the team and the firm as a whole. Jay actively looks for ways to improve client service through technology, best management practices, and business systems.

Jay is an ISI Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) and a proud graduate of the University of Florida where he earned a BA in Business Administration.

He is also an active member of the Lakeland community, engaging with Habitat for Humanity, the LEDC, Florida Presbyterian Homes, the High Skill High Wage Board, and other community-focused groups and initiatives.

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