Jay Novak has been a senior vice president of two investment-banking companies and publisher and editor of Minnesota’s premier business magazine, and a trustee and treasurer at Hamline University. He has been a member of 35 governing or advisory board of companies, not-for-profit entities, and state-government agencies. For four years in the late 1990s, he served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development. He had previously been director of communications at General Mills; press secretary for a United States Senator; and editor of another monthly business magazine, a weekly business newspaper, and a weekly magazine for Midwestern bankers. Early in his career, he was a reporter and news editor of a rural daily newspaper. He is presently an advisor to a cyber-security company. In 2010, he was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame® and received an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® award for Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas.