Jay joined Americold as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. He is responsible for the identification, assessment, negotiation, closing, and integration of all acquisitions, mergers and strategic partnerships. He brings over 20 years of experience in real estate, private equity and investment banking. In his former role as Co-founder and President of Metro Storage International (MSI), he led all elements of international investment and the creation of a new self-storage platform in Brazil. In addition, as Managing Director of Capital Markets for Metro Storage, he assisted with capital raising and the formation of programmatic joint venture partnerships with institutional investors. Prior to Metro Storage, he was Senior Vice President, Investments for Equity International (EI), the Sam Zell-founded private equity firm that focuses on direct investments in real estate-related operating companies globally.