Executives

Jay Clarke
President and CEO

As president and CEO of Magazines.com, Jay Clarke blends the ideals of athletics with the ideas of entrepreneurship to create the leading online subscription resource for magazine subscribers and publishing companies.

Jay, a former banker, started Magazines.com in 1999, working with investor Time Inc. to buy the “magazines.com” Web address, relaunching the site as a magazine subscription destination. Today, Magazines.com carries more than 2,000 publications, from People and Food Network magazine to Veterinary Economics and Government Technology.

He draws on his love for sports in his work at Magazines.com, where Jay sees himself as a coach to his fellow employees. “My job is to understand a person’s goals and then do all I can to help them reach those goals,” he says. “I want Magazines.com to be a place where publishers get a chance to connect with new readers and our team has the opportunity to work on interesting projects and do good work.”

Before founding Magazines.com, Jay worked at SunTrust Bank, where he began his career after graduating from Georgia Tech. He spent 12 years with SunTrust in the Southeastern corporate accounts division, where he managed SunTrust banking relationships with some of the most successful large and middle-market corporations in the country. “SunTrust was a great opportunity for me to see how executives build growing, profitable companies.”

After SunTrust, Jay partnered with Doug Johns, formerly of Compaq, to start Monorail Computer Corporation, a new consumer personal computer manufacturer. As Monorail’s chief financial officer, Jay led an effort that yielded $40 million in startup capital, and in 1996, Monorail introduced the first sub-$1,000 computer for consumers through CompUSA. In 1997, Fortune magazine highlighted Monorail as one of the country’s hottest startup companies.
Today, Jay is actively involved in several business organizations, including the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee, where he belongs to the board of directors, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. Jay is also active at Nashville’s Christ Presbyterian Church, where he has served as an officer since 2001.
Not surprisingly, Jay counts several sports magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Garden and Gun, and WaterSki as his favorite magazines. He also enjoys reading Nashville Lifestyles, a local magazine.
Jay and his wife Jill live in Franklin, Tenn. They are the proud parents of Jim, Jessica, and Philip.

Jeff Ballard
Chief Financial Officer

As chief financial officer, Jeff oversees finance and accounting at Magazines.com.

Jeff, who grew up north of Nashville in Greenbrier, Tenn., joined Magazines.com in 2005. Previously, Jeff served as controller for the Corrections Corporation of America, a $1 billion publicly held prison management company.

During his tenure there, Jeff was named financial executive of the year in 2004 by the Institute of Management Accountants (Tennessee Valley region) and was featured in the Wall Street Journal for his accomplishment.

Jeff graduated magna cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s in accounting. A certified public accountant, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

When he’s not working, Jeff can be found on the links or coaching his sons’ youth sports teams. Not surprisingly, Jeff enjoys reading Sports Illustrated, Golf magazine and Golf Digest. Jeff and his wife Bethany live in Brentwood, Tenn. They are the proud parents of Grant and Ethan.

Andy Sperry
Vice President of Partnerships

As Vice President of Magazines.com, it is Andy’s responsibility to expand product lines and revenues for the company. Bringing with him a strong background in digital marketing and an extensive portfolio of successful business ventures, Andy was welcomed to Magazines.com in August 2012.

Before joining Magazines.com, Andy tried his hand at entrepreneurial roles, launching several brands such as
InkFlip, a subscription-style ink cartridge delivery service, and venture capital backed company Branditty. In another of his ventures, The Water Trigger, he brought his innovative product idea to life, starting at the drawing board and then seeing it through to the manufacture of the product in Taiwan.

Andy graduated summa cum laude from Miami University in Oxford Ohio in 1992. His education continued into the world of software sales and sales management, when an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank gave him the exposure he needed to open many more entrepreneurial doors.

One of the reasons for Andy’s constant success is his drive to see projects through to the end. “To do great things you must become a great finisher, something most people aren't willing to tackle day in and day out.” This is clearly evident in his 7 years with iTouch/Controlscape, in which he worked in every role from concept through to development, writing documentation for the devices, assisting with the telephone support and working in various marketing roles. “Only when the excitement of something new is long gone does the opportunity to stand out and produce greatness appear.” In his previous role as Director of Digital Products for SouthComm, Andy was responsible for all digital offerings in the company’s 6 regional markets. This included a Daily Deal promotion, a full digital marketing suite and various SEM and SEO tools. It is his strong background in digital marketing and branding here and in other roles that gives him the skills necessary to take Magazines.com to the next stage with new product lines.

In his spare time, Andy keeps his passion alive by reading many of the popular business magazines such as Inc., Entrepreneur and Fast Company. He devotes a large amount of his time to Search Ministries Nashville, and also enjoys time with his wife Marianne and coaching his 2 children in a variety of sports.



Scott Vogel
Vice President of Marketing

 As Vice President of Marketing, Scott is responsible for leading the marketing team and its agency partners to profitably grow sales. Joining Magazines.com in 2013, Scott has more than 20 years of line experience as a general manager and marketer in e-commerce, retail and consumer packaged goods. 

Most recently, he served as Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Company Owned Channels at the Oreck Corporation. Previously, he served as Vice President of the 700 unit Retail division at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and as President of Valvoline Instant Oil Change, a chain of 500 franchisee and 300 company owned units. He also has led a successful start-up in the collectibles industry, and started his career in entry level marketing with Clorox, advancing to the role of Vice President and General Manager of the Laundry business.

He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Scott and his wife Reen live in Brentwood, Tenn. with their daughters Kate and Molly. Sports Illustrated, People and Entertainment Weekly are all very popular at the Vogel household.

 


Kenny Pyatt
Vice President of Information Technology

 As Vice President of Information Technology, Kenny’s responsibility is to keep our website up and running and to maintain the website’s features and functionality. Kenny joined Magazines.com in 2011 to manage Application Development and was quickly promoted to VP of Information Technology.

While still in college, Kenny founded a custom software development company, which grew to 13 employees and 200+ customers that included several Fortune 500 companies. After selling his company, he accepted a position as Pastor of Media and Student Ministries with Family Worship Center where he helped the church grow from 500 to 1200 members. During his time at Family Worship, he launched and was responsible for the largest yearly event the church hosted. Kenny went on to lead a team of developers at XM Solutions LLC as the General Manager running the Technology and Operations department He was the third employee at XM Solutions and helped grow the company from 3 to 25 employees and increased the business to $3 million during his tenure.

Kenny graduated from MTSU with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He is a member of MTSU Computer Science Advisory Board and is actively involved in the Nashville Technology Council. With little kids in his household, Kenny’s family spends a lot of time reading Highlights and National Geographic Kids while trying to sneak in a little time for Plane and Pilot, Fast Company, Inc. and Backpacker. When he is not working, Kenny enjoys spending time with family, biking, backpacking and paintball.