His balance of work, life and pursuit of goals has taken remarkable focus and discipline, converting physical and mental challenges into motivation for success. That is exactly the message he shares with rapt audiences all over the world. Jay’s principles translate perfectly into life as well as business, inspiring improvement in everyone—from leadership and management to everyday employees, from athletes and non-athletes to students and adults.THE ATHLETE
The Ironman triathlon is the world’s most grueling athletic event—a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race and a 26.2-mile marathon run—racing 140 miles in a single day. Jay is a three-time member of the U.S. National Team for Long Distance Triathlon, having raced for Team USA at the World Championships in 2004, 2005 and 2006 in Denmark, Sweden and Australia. He’s competed in 14 Ironman triathlons, 20 half-Ironman triathlons and 8 individual marathons, and is a three-time finisher of the Boston Marathon. In 2006, he and his teammates won the 3,000-mile Race Across America, cycling nonstop from San Diego to Atlantic City in 5 days and 16 hours.
Since 1993, Jay has practiced law in Greenville, SC as a partner in both a large 200-lawyer corporate law firm and then starting his own small boutique firm specializing in business, sports and entertainment law. He has negotiated multimillion-dollar business agreements and handled all aspects of complex business litigation, product liability, settlements, trials and appeals. He has been lead trial counsel for several Fortune 500 companies and argued appeals before the Supreme Court of South Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals. In over 20 years as an attorney, Jay has lived the challenges facing large corporations and small business while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Jay has been featured on the cover of Diabetes Health, Diabetes Forecast and many other national publications. He has also been the focus of television documentaries on networks such as CNBC, WGN and Lifetime. A board member for several health-related organizations, Jay is the author of Finish Line Vision®, which chronicles his remarkable journey and approach to life. He and his beautiful wife Anna, a model and Miss South Carolina USA, have 3 children.
How do you convert obstacles and disappointment into better performance and an improved bottom line? In FINISH LINE VISION®, speaker JAY HEWITT reveals how, despite being a Type 1 diabetic, he has pushed himself to incredible personal and professional triumphs. His compelling, energetic keynote—delivered with humor, honesty and relatable specifics—shows audiences how they, too, can overcome whatever life throws at them and reach unimaginable levels of success and teamwork.
Jay knows what he’s talking about. An Ironman athlete and practicing attorney, he is the only person with Type 1 diabetes ever to qualify for the U.S. National Triathlon Team. To accomplish such feats, Jay’s presentation focuses on three guiding principles that can benefit everyone in business and in life:
MAKE THE BAD THING THE BEST THING
Disappointment and change happen. Use them as motivation to prove how strong you are and make you even better.
SET GOALS WITH FAILURE POTENTIAL
Be willing and even eager to fail. Leadership requires it. Improvement demands it.
EARN YOUR FINISH LINE
Success takes work, discipline and perseverance when no one is watching. You will get there because you know you earned it.