New Year Brings Fresh Faces to the Mt Laurel Team

The New Year brings exciting changes to the Mt Laurel community as it welcomes four new members to the town real estate and sales team.


Jay’s vision for Mt Laurel is to refocus the team’s efforts on the town’s original core values—community, respect for nature, and focus on the future. Jay knows that these core values are what make this neighborhood like no other community in Birmingham, and part of his focus is to invigorate sales and activity in Mt Laurel.

“The Mt Laurel team is dedicated to serving and fostering a strong community for our current residents and newcomers,” says Jay. “We intend to maintain and promote the town’s natural beauty and protect the original vision as the ‘neighborhood in concert with nature.’ The team is also committed to growing Mt Laurel with the focus on long-term success and relevance. This includes focusing on sustainability by having a renewed interest in saving trees, using the indigenous stone, and including energy-saving features in new home construction.”

Jay is also formalizing the design review board meetings to review all new construction. The current board members are Michael O’Kelley, Rip Weaver, John Freeman, Sr., Ray Jackson, and Jay Page.

In addition to his work with Mt Laurel, Jay’s responsibilities with EBSCO include EBSCO income properties, EBSCO Realty, and the company’s various investment properties in Alabama. Previously, Jay served at Crescent Resources as Senior Vice President for Palmetto Bluff, a 20,000-acre premier development in South Carolina. Jay grew up in Mullins, South Carolina, and is a graduate of Clemson University.

Jay and his wife Robin have a daughter, Savannah, who is in high school.  Since moving from Palmetto Bluff, they’re enjoying the quality of life that Birmingham offers their family.


Ray Jackson joined Mt Laurel in December as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He has more than 30 years of successful leadership experience in sales, marketing, and management of recreational community developments.

Ray is currently guiding the construction of the new model home on Burnham Street that will be completed in April. The home, which will showcase the new Cherry Laurel floor plan, will contain luxurious features not found in new homes of other communities in Birmingham. Ray has hired the nationally renowned interior design firm, Kay Green Design from Winter Park, Florida, to beautifully stage the model home. In addition to this home, he will work with the two move-in ready homes under construction that have new floor plans to attract new residents. This is the first time Mt Laurel has built a move-in-ready home in the past eight years. Ray knows that having the model home and move-in ready homes will spur sales by allowing new home clients to immediately experience the Mt Laurel quality and craftsmanship.

Ray most recently served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing with St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Before Puerto Rico, Ray was Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of The Cliffs Communities in Greenville, South Carolina. Previously he has been Vice President of Real Estate Sales at Sunrise Company in Indian Wells, California. He has also held Vice President of Sales and Marketing positions with Maui Land & Pineapple Company at Kapalua Resort in Maui, Gencom Group’s Western Region Ritz-Carlton Residence portfolio in Hawaii, California, and Colorado, and with the Lyle Anderson Company at Hokuli’a, a Jack Nicklaus Signature luxury golf development on the Kona Coast.

Ray’s career has been focused on advanced sales training, innovative marketing, and the positioning and sales improvement initiatives of recreational real estate developments. Active in the business community, Ray has served as a member of Rotary International where he is a Paul Harris Fellow and is a past club president. He earned a B.S. in Industrial Management from Clemson University, and completed graduate work in real estate at the University of South Carolina. He is also a graduate of USC Real Estate Institute.

He and his wife Janet are currently residing in a carriage home in Mt Laurel with plans to move into a home in Mt Laurel in the next few months. They are parents to three children—twin daughters and a son. They also have a grandson, not to mention their Mini-Aussie Cool Hand Luke.


Julianna Vance started with the Mt Laurel team in January as Marketing and Community Relations Manager. Julianna will manage Mt Laurel’s advertising, social media and marketing outreach and will generate ideas for new community events while growing the current Spring and Fall festivals. She will also ensure that all of our actions and communications support Mt Laurel’s core values.

Julianna graduated from UAB with a B.A. in Communications. Her previous experience includes marketing and client service for a local real estate team and marketing communications at Walt Disney World Resort. She and her husband James have been married three years and are proud to call the Birmingham area home.


Nick Dawson joined the Mt Laurel team in January as the Financial Analyst for EBSCO Real Estate. His responsibilities cover both Mt Laurel and other real estate holdings for EBSCO Industries.

In Mt Laurel, he will lead and assist with projects to enhance the value of the community, creating financial models to support development decisions, enhancing processes, and providing market research and analysis. Nick has more than seven years of experience with the EBSCO finance department at headquarters, where we worked directly with the international sales team to provide information subscription services in print and digital formats.

Nick holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and an MBA from UAB. He is a volunteer in the Junior Achievement Program, where he teaches students at Mt Laurel Elementary School. Nick and his wife Katie have an eight-month-old daughter named Claire.

Article written by Ann Price, a Mt Laurel resident. Ann Price is a graduate of Auburn University.  Retired from the Birmingham News marketing department, she has previously worked for Clemson University in communications and media relations as well as Arts Indiana Magazine.