Jay Clarke

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.

Andy Sperry

Andy Sperry

Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

As Vice President of Magazines.com, it is Andy’s responsibility to lead the marketing team and its agency partners to profitably grow sales, while also expanding 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.