Jay is the co-founder and managing partner of CEDARst Companies. With his first major publication at 23-years-old, Jay has widespread recognition for interior design excellence. By identifying the highest and best use of floor plates, and crafting timeless finishes, he adaptively reuses existing structures to the highest and best use. Over the past twelve years Jay and his partner have seamlessly interwoven acquisition, design/architecture, construction, finance, management, and marketing under one company.
CEDARst has been one of the most active developers of distressed assets in the Chicago market. Under Jay’s leadership, CEDARst has received national notoriety with media and brand outlets such as Bravo TV, CB2, Crain’s Business, Chicago Sun-Times, Better Homes & Gardens, and Renovation Style.
Jay holds English and American degrees from Richmond, The American International University of London, where he serves as a Board Trustee, and is involved in several philanthropic organizations throughout Chicago such as The Museum of Science and Industry, RefugeeONE, Heartland Alliance, and FLATS® Studio.
After years of struggling with obesity, Jay decided to address his weight issues and shed 150 pounds. Despite it all, Jay will face his biggest challenge after his recent diagnosis of stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This is only the beginning of his story, and now he plans to live an even better and richer life than he ever imagined possible.
Jay Michael is a Chicago based Lifestyle Architect, searching for the world's best way to live. He has an understanding for consumer demand, creating powerful blends of high quality design and value-engineering.