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Chairman and CEO, National Distributing Company

Jay M. Davis is the chairman and CEO of National Distributing Co. In that role, he has led the expansion of the distributorship his father, Al Davis, co-founded in 1942.

The company, which was honored as Georgia Family Business of the Year in 2006, has combined its business with the Republic Beverage Company to form Republic National Distributing Company. RNDC is the second-largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States, with operations in 18 states and the District of Columbia.

In the beverage industry, Davis presided over the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia from 2007-2009 and served on the board of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, as well as the boards of Acuity Brands Inc. and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

As community leaders, Davis and his wife, Ann, were instrumental in forming the Alfred and Adele Davis Academy, Atlanta's Reform Jewish day school. Bearing the name of Jay's parents, the academy was co-founded by Jay's sister, Dulcy, and her husband, Jerry. It has become the fastest growing Reform Jewish day school in the country and also one of the largest.

Davis has served as a board member of the Standard Club, the Commerce Club, the Buckhead Club, and the High Museum of Art, and he has chaired the capital campaigns of several Jewish charities. He is a member of the Terry Dean's Advisory Council, as well as a trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation.

Jay and Ann Davis, who also graduated from UGA in 1970, have two grown children—Elizabeth and Richard, who is a 2005 MBA alumnus—and three grandchildren.