John Gay is Alumni Achievement Award Winner

Elaine and John Gay and WIU Commencent December 2010

Elaine and John Gay and WIU Commencent December 2010

John Gay, COFAC Advisory Board Chair, received one of three WIU Alumni Achievement Awards at the December 2010 Commencement Exercises. Yeah for John! He has been an admirable leader of the COFAC Advisory Board since its inception.

From Western News, Winter 2010.

Gay, a 1969 psychology graduate, is a master Certified Estate Planner, a Registered Financial Consultant and Planner and a Certified Investment Specialist. Since 1980, Gay has assisted more than 4,200 medical professionals with their business and personal financial needs, including assisting in building hundreds of $1 million to $46 million optometric practices. Additionally, he has conducted more than 1,900 practice appraisals and assisted in the buying or selling of more than 1,400 practices to date. Gay has owned or co-owned five Eyecare Centers. He was the co-owner and president of Gay-Huff Construction and Development Co., Inc., Gay-Huff Reality, Inc. and Kitchens by Gay-Huff, Inc. in Peoria (IL) from 1973 to 1980. From 1984 to 1992 he was co-owner and president of American Healthcare Designers Ltd. and American Healthcare Suppliers, Inc. He is a noted author and lecturer on practice management; he is a developer, lobbyist and consultant in fields such as practice management.

He is a life member of the National Defense Transportation Association and is actively involved and serves in many volunteer capacities and on boards and committees in his community and nationally, including serving as the chair of the Aurora Key Community Response Team Board and as an adviser to the Scottish Rite Appraisal Committee and the Finance Committee for the El Jebel Shrine. Gay also serves as a life member of the Dirksen Congressional Research Center’s Endowment Fund.

He is Chair of the WIU College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Advisory Board. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Friend of the College of Fine Arts and Communication Award at WIU. He also supports Western financially with scholarship support and gifts to COFAC. He holds a Doctorate of Laws and Letters from Covington Theological Seminary.

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