Jay Strausser joined Lang McLaughry Real Estate as a Sales Professional in 2004 and during that year was awarded the Rising Star Award and the Mt. Philo Award. Since joining the company, Jay has consistently earned and has been recognized as a top producing agent as well as an outstanding Associate.
Jay came to Burlington in 1976 to attend the University of Vermont. He brought with him a passion for music and radio. While in college, Jay started a radio show on the University’s own, WRUV FM. “Trenchtown Rock” which aired Friday nights for nearly fifteen years. In addition to working on WRUV, Jay spent time as an on air DJ at two other local radio stations, WNCS and WIZN.
Upon graduation from UVM in 1980 Jay took a job working at Pure Pop Records, a local used record store. It wasn’t long after he started working there that he became a partner in the business and assumed the responsibilities of running the store. In the early 80’s Jay formed a partnership with Jimmy Swift to open All Points Booking. For over twenty years, All Points Booking provided Vermonters with many great musical events both large and small. After buying out Swift in the early 90’s, Jay formed a partnership with New Jersey based Metropolitan Entertainment. During this relationship in 1992 thru 1994 the Stowe Summer Concert Series took place. In 1994 and 1995 The Grateful Dead played at Highgate Springs to the largest audience Vermont had ever seen to date. Over 60,000 people attended each event!
In July 2002, Jay sold his share of Pure Pop Records and embarked on a new adventure. He and his wife Lisa invested in the restaurant O. Lisa managed the restaurant while Jay played the role of sommelier, creating O’s wine list.
The changing climate in the music industry in Vermont, ultimately lead Jay to explore other endeavors. Jay’s mastery of promotion, organization and delivery as well as the ability to respond to the unexpected and a passion for customer service are a natural fit for Real Estate. “I really enjoy getting to know people and helping them to realize their dreams. It just involves putting all the pieces of a puzzle together to make them fit. That’s my job.”
Jay resides in Charlotte with his wife Lisa and their two sons. His interests also include: tennis, golf, skiing and a passion for food and wine.