A native of Jessamine County, Jay Corman is a 2nd generation railroader. Growing up in a business founded by his father, he has had an extensive career, serving in a variety of roles and positions within the railroad industry.
While he grew up into the family business, Jay was no stranger to hard, physical labor. By his tenth birthday, Jay spent the majority of his summers working 40 to 50 hours a week in the company's tobacco fields and heavy equipment shop. He continued part time employment during the school years and developed hands-on experience in many different entry-level positions within the organization.
During high school, Jay developed an early interest in politics and government affairs. He volunteered with Dr. Ernie Fletcher's 2003 Governor’s campaign, a campaign that lead to the election of Kentucky’s first Republican Governor in 32 years. Along with Governor Fletcher, Jay had the opportunity to spend time with and learn from many leaders within the Republican Party including Governor Jeb Bush (FL), Senator Elizabeth Dole (NC), Senator Arlen Specter (PA) and Congressman J.C. Watts (OK), whom Jay credits as being the person who convinced him to join the Republican Party. In fact, Jay was the first registered Republican in his family.
After graduating high school, Jay began traveling with the company's emergency and non-emergency services business. There he gained an extensive knowledge and understanding of maintenance and disaster relief work for class 1 railroads. Over the past 15 years, Jay’s career at RJ Corman Railroad Group has consisted of many different roles and responsibilities such as Graphic Arts, Diesel Mechanic, CDL Truck Driver, Equipment Operator, Track Supervisor, Train Crew, Locomotive Engineer, Asset Management and Finance. It was always Jay's goal to learn as many different aspects of the family business.
Prior to joining the Board of Trustees in 2013, Jay served as Senior Engineering Technician for RJ Corman Signaling Company. In 2016, Jay was appointed to the position of Chairman. In the 6 years that Jay has served on the Board of Trustees, RJ Corman has grown from 950 Employees to 1,660, 473 of whom are Jessamine County residents.