Jay wrote the business plan for Coastal Optical Systems and incorporated the company in 1991. As co-owner and chairman of the board of directors, Jay sold Coastal Optical Systems to Jenoptik. Also, as president of Liebmann Optical Company, Jay is focused on finding ways that Coastal and Liebmann can operate more efficiently as a group, and develop near term and mid-term strategies to increase the growth and profitability of the two companies.
Jay serves on the board of directors of MEMS Optical in Huntsville, AL since the acquisition in 2006. Jay’s focus on the board is to seek joint business opportunities for the US subsidiaries.
Prior to this, he worked for United Technologies Optical Systems, Inc. from 1987 to 1991, AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ in 1986, and Accuray Corporation in Columbus, OH in 1985.
"The MU Physics Department was the perfect undergraduate environment - the students, the professors and the passion for teaching and therefore learning. The Physics department prepared me for graduate school, for the workplace, and for future foursquare games with my teenagers (not necessarily in that order). The Oxford experience is something my wife Tammy Seacrist Kumler (MU ‘86) and I will never forget." Jay Kumler, BS Physics 1986