Dig Studio, Inc., Phoenix
For over 36 years, through community leadership, volunteerism, and consultant roles, Jay Hicks has led and managed regionwide environmental and recreational planning and design efforts that have resulted in sweeping changes and positive benefits to the physical infrastructure and recreational assets of the greater Phoenix area and the State of Arizona. Among Jay's accomplishments are state policies that enabled recreational use of over 200 miles of water canal banks, creation of recreational corridor district legislation for the transformation and revitalization of over 42 miles of mined riverways, and development of recreational and growth framework plans for rapidly growing cities and counties throughout Arizona. Jay leads local business initiatives to promote community revitalization, currently serving on the Board of the Phoenix Community Alliance where he established and chaired the McDowell Road Corridor Revitalization Committee. In 2009, as a member of the Founding Board, Jay helped establish the Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) as an executive graduate program within the School of Design at Arizona State University. Jay has consistently dedicated time to educating and mentoring students, fundraising and privately funding scholarships, working with graduate students, and leading Eagle Scout candidates in community service projects, all the while managing and expanding his firm, Dig Studio, Inc. His generosity has positively contributed to the lives of many.