Hello! I am Jay Zachary
I started Forward with the goal of helping people help themselves and preparing them for the future.
I’ve always been a “helper,” and a great listener, and through my many roles in life, that’s never changed. Now I’m able to draw from what I’m great at and make others better in the process.
I’m a hardworking father of two, and a husband. I was born of humble beginnings in Columbia, SC.
As I worked through early adulthood and family life, college was placed on the back burner.
I worked 2-3 jobs at times to make ends meet, and at times was depressed”. One specific professor became my first listening ear in a long time, and really allowed me a safe space to decompress during difficult times.
There were many, many, many sessions in that chair, but I finished.
During the same year of my graduation, I married, and took a leadership position with a Fortune 500 company.
Realizing quickly that I wasn’t fulfilled in this role, my anxiety grew exponentially over time. I sought out help. This time I spoke with a licensed therapist who helped me put things into perspective, was a listening ear, and really empowered me to free myself.
During this interaction, and the prior one, I noticed that I loved the idea of helping people, and had been doing it my whole life through my vocational activities, volunteer work, church, and through other civic organizations.
I am here now to help others free themselves, and allow them to move Forward.