A Short History
Larsen Jay is serving in his first term on the Knox County Commission (At-Large / Seat 10), having been elected to represent all Knox County residents in 2018.
Larsen Jay is a two-time graduate of the University of Tennessee, earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Business Administration. Alongside his wife, Adrian, and sons, Henry & Alexander, Larsen has made Knoxville home for nearly 30 years and has a diverse background in business, philanthropy and civic engagement. Larsen was a Film & TV Producer for 15 years working on feature films, television series, commercials, educational media and documentaries. His production work in Dallas, Los Angeles, Knoxville and around the world garnered Larsen critical acclaim including dozens of Telly Awards and an Emmy Award.
Larsen's civic engagement in Knoxville has had a lasting impact on our community. In addition to serving on numerous nonprofit boards including The Joy of Music School, The Bijou Theatre, Legacy Parks Foundation, Knoxville Symphony and the Alliance for Better Nonprofits, Larsen was honored as a member of the inaugural class of Knoxville's "40 Under 40," a graduate of Leadership Knoxville, a member of the team that started Movies on Market Square, helped lead the effort to re-open and light up the Bijou Theatre, started the East TN Chili Cook-Off and brought the Holiday's on Ice / Ice Rink back to downtown - which still anchors the holiday season a dozen years later.
In July of 2007, a devastating accident changed the trajectory of Larsen Jay's life forever. Larsen suffered a near-fatal fall from a ladder which resulted in 6 skull fractures and over 15 broken bones. During his long hospitalization, the influx of floral arrangements he received boosted his spirits and aided his recovery. Those healing flowers also seeded the idea for Random Acts of Flowers. In fact, the organization's first, unofficial delivery of hope and encouragement was straight from his hospital room at UT Medical Center. The concept has since blossomed into a nationwide movement and under Larsen’s leadership Random Acts of Flowers has flourished, providing hope and encouragement to over 600,000 vulnerable individuals across the country while inspiring dozens of similar organizations. Since its inception, Random Acts of Flowers has garnered numerous awards, including the Daughters of the American Revolution's National Conversation Medal, the Tennessee Governor's Volunteer Star Award, Healthcare Heroes Award, Go Green East Tennessee Award, and Sertoma’s Service to Mankind Award
Larsen continues to volunteer in the community as a TNAchieves Mentor and with the University of Tennessee Medical Center, having served as the Co-Chair of the Emergency & Trauma Advisory Council and continues as a Peer Mentor and Community Ambassador with the Trauma Survivor's Network. Today, Larsen serves as the Director of Business Alliances for PYA, a top-100 national professional services firm providing deep functional expertise in tax, audit & assurance, and management consulting.
Alongside his wife (Adrian) and sons (Henry & Alexander) Larsen lives in the Rocky Hill / Riverbend neighborhood.