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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Jay Lester

Blue Morning
Executive Director
Charlottesville, Virginia
Jay Lester is the Executive Director of Blue Morning, a startup accelerator focused on mission-driven ventures and their relationship with the Charlottesville region. Prior to Blue Morning, he served in executive roles with a series of startup ventures including Condé Nast’s domino magazine, Fashion Project, and SmartOps (purchased by SAP). He has led consulting engagements for a range of Fortune 500 clients on topics ranging from SEO strategy to SKU rationalization. Earlier in his career, he led brand teams at Georgia Pacific and developed loyalty and revenue management programs at American Airlines. Mr. Lester earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Johns Hopkins and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He lives in Crozet Virginia with his wife and daughter.
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