Jay Parker is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where he received his B.A. While an undergraduate, he had the opportunity to complete the yearlong overseas student program at the University of Tel Aviv where he studied and gained exposure to the international business community. After graduation he continued his studies at the University of Miami, School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate in May of 1998.
Jay began his career at the Law Firm of Gunster Yoakley Valdez Fauli & Stewart in both the Miami and Palm Beach Real Estate Departments. In his first years as an attorney, Mr. Parker was fundamental in leading a major client’s international rollout, handling over $300mm in mergers and acquisitions, finally leading the client to an IPO. In 2000, Mr. Parker moved to New York City where he was General Counsel for LandTel Communications. At LandTel he oversaw the implementation of a Pan-European fixed wireless market, rising over $375mm from numerous private equity firms. During this period he recognized a funding gap at a time when the industry was in distress, and successfully worked to restructure the company’s assets thereby avoiding bankruptcy.
In late 2001, Jay moved back to Miami Beach to form Clear Title Group, LLC a boutique real estate title insurance company focused on offering closing services to luxury condominium and home buyers. He was able to distinguish Clear Title Group as the leading Closing Agent for distinguished buyers, sellers and clients refinancing luxury properties.
After developing stronger roots in the South Florida Market, Parker formed a joint venture with Titan Capital and in 2006 co-founded Titan Capital Florida. As a managing partner, Jay helped Titan Capital Florida close over $100mm in transactions in its first year of operations and has since continued to solicit new business opportunities for the venture.
In September 2013, Jay was named CEO of Douglas Elliman Florida.
Jay lives with his wife, Laura Cresto, and twin boys on Miami Beach. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association, serves on the Pillar Trustee Board for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the Foundation Board of Mt. Sinai Medical Center where he Co-Chairs Mt. Sinai’s Community Partnership Program, and has raised over $5mm for the hospital. Jay is also active in Miami Beach politics and sits on the City of Miami Beach Community Development Board.