Vice president, Embraer Design Operations
A well-known professional in the business aviation and automotive industries for his interior work for high-end, luxury products, Detroit, Michigan-born Jay Beever is an automotive design graduate from Macomb College.
He started his career at Ford Motor Company in 1998 as a design engineer freshly out of college. After spending four years in the Dearborn studios, Jay joined the newly created Advanced Design Center in Irvine, California. He led the design engineering group responsible for 3D modelling and package engineering of future automotive design concepts, such as Lincoln Navicross, Mercury Messenger and Ford Bronco.
While enjoying the opportunity of working with well-known industry design leaders like Henrik Fisker and Freeman Thomas, Jay was invited by Chuick Pelly, founder of BMW Designworks USA, to chair several discussions on the new era of digital design during the Design Los Angeles symposiums at the 2005 and 2006 Los Angeles International Auto Shows.
Jay continued these responsibilities until late 2007 when he joined Gulfstream Aerospace as the interior design manager in the New Product Development Department, in Savannah, Georgia, where he would also lead the design and construction of the new design studio.
In July 2012 Jay became vice president of interior design at Embraer Executive Jets, adding to the company’s growing team of engineers and designers at its headquarters in Melbourne, Florida. The scope of his role and title later evolved, incorporating marketing to his responsibilities. He is now vice president of Embraer Design Operations.
His hobbies include classic boating, art, architecture and scuba diving. Jay is married, has two children and lives in Melbourne.