Jay Wurts, B.S., M.B.A., has written, coauthored, and developed dozens of books, both fiction and nonfiction, and worked with publishers large and small--as well as agents, packagers, and authors--on both coasts. His books have been widely reviewed (once on the cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review) and won several awards. They have been translated into eleven foreign languages and adapted for Hollywood and TV. He has published magazine articles, book and performing arts reviews, and appeared before various writers’ groups and on PBS and cable television. He has written widely in the fields of corporate communications, medicine & health, business development, organizational behavior, minority business issues, and has taught at several Bay Area colleges. He served as a USAF pilot during the Vietnam era and was a flight test/project engineer for Rockwell International. A freelance writer and editor since 1977, he has helped numerous aspiring authors toward representation and publication. As a communications consultant, he has assisted health care, telecommunications, finance, and insurance providers to higher productivity and improved business-to-business and customer/investor outreach.
Media, Panels, and Workshops:
KCSM-PBS Series: "Authors and Critics," 1992.
The History Channel, History’s Mysteries, "Amazon Women," 1999.
California Lawyers for the Arts, Writers’ Seminar, Book Collaborations, 1994.
NCSW/ASJA Freelancing Workshop, Book Panelist, 2002.
Stanford Publishing Course, Guest Faculty, 1982-83.
1979-87: Lecturer, member of the continuing faculty, Dominican College, San Rafael. Taught Micro- and Macroeconomics, Organizational Behavior, International Business, New Venture Management, and Business, Society & the Individual (business ethics). 1980: Resident Director of the Dominican-at-Oxford Program, University College, Oxford University. 1982: Instructor for California Certificate in Management Accounting (CMA) Program.
1979-80: Instructor, part-time, College of Marin, Indian Valley Campus. Taught Introduction to Business. Community College Teaching Credential, State of California, in "Business and Industrial Management."
1979-81: Instructor, part-time, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA; Individualized Bachelor of Arts in Management (IBAM) external degree program. Taught Career and Life Planning (professional autobiography and portfolio writing), Management and Planning Concepts (principles of management), Contemporary Issues in Management (quantitative methods), and Advanced Writing (academic research and statistics). Supervised students’ Independent Study (learning contract) program and Senior Thesis.
1980-82: Instructor, part-time, University of San Francisco, Applied Economics external degree program. Taught Financial and Managerial Accounting, Financial Decisions-Making, Managerial Economics, Money and Banking, Research Methods and Statistics, and Advanced Research Methods. Supervised students’ Independent Study (learning contract) and Senior Thesis.
Master of Business Administration, Pepperdine University, 1976.
Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Technology, Arizona State University, 1972.
AHDI-Accredited Medical Transcription Graduate, Academic Honors, Career Step, 2010.
In-service training, Institute for Professional Development (IPD) in association with the University of Phoenix, 1980.
Arizona Air National Guard, 1967-72.
USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training In-Grade, 1969-70.
First Lieutenant, Transport Pilot and Deputy Flight Safety Officer, C-97G, 1970-72.
Flight Test Engineer, North American Rockwell Corp., 1972-74.
Project Engineer, Rockwell International, 1974-77.
Internal Management Consultant, Southern Pacific Transportation Co. 1979-80.