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Jay Ripley

Conversation with Jay Ripley, B.S. '79

Event Details:

Date: Oct. 1, 2015
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location: UB Student Center, 5th Floor
R.S.V.P.: UB Events Calendar

Merrick Engages Series

Join Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business as he talks with Jay Ripley about his career, businesses and life lessons.

About Jay Ripley

Jay Ripley is a co-founder, principal owner and Chairman of Sequel Youth and Family Services, a national operator of 33 residential and community-based behavioral health programs for people with mental health and behavioral disabilities. The programs operate in 18 states, employ 3,500 staff members and serve more than 4,000 clients from 36 states and territories.

Ripley also co-founded and was the principal owner of BGR The Burger Joint, an upscale, fast casual gourmet burger restaurant concept. Ripley served as Non-Executive Chairman for the highly-acclaimed restaurant chain, which operates company-owned restaurants in the Washington, DC area and oversees franchised restaurants nationally and internationally. BGR was sold in March 2015.

Previously, Ripley was a founding stockholder of Youth Services International (YSI) and served as its President and COO as well as its CFO. He has also served as President and CEO of Precision Auto Care, a worldwide franchiser of automotive service centers, as well as Corporate Controller and then VP of Eastern Division Retail Operations for Jiffy Lube, the leading franchiser of quick lube centers in America. Ripley was intimately involved with the IPOs for each of these three companies. He began his career with Ernst & Young, CPAs in Baltimore, MD.

Ripley is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Baltimore and a licensed CPA. He is a member of World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), where he serves on the executive board of the Washington, DC/Baltimore chapter. He is also an active member of the Board of the University of Baltimore Foundation and the Board of Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

What is the Merrick Engages Series?

Merrick Engages is a series that takes a close look at contemporary business topics through the lenses of successful business leaders. Each business leader sits down with Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business, and they engage in a conversation that aims to better inform us, and provide a new perspective into the business world. Each time the dialog will delve into topics pertaining to careers, business transformation and life lessons-learned.