James “Jay” Nault

James “Jay” Nault, ’83 and MBA ’84, knows the power of innovation. With a generous gift of $10 million, he ensures future business leaders continue to receive a world-class education at the USF Nault Center for Entrepreneurship.

Nault’s gift will expand pitch competitions for the center as well as innovative new educational opportunities. These include creating a new living learning community, expanding the center’s mentoring program, building more “shark tank”-like competitions, and supporting potential new degree options for executives.

Nault is president and owner of Anclote Holding Company, Inc., a privately owned real estate holding company in Jacksonville, Florida. He is also president and owner of Storage Zone Self Storage and Business Centers, with more than 30 storage facilities throughout the southeast.

“My journey as a lifelong entrepreneur started right here at USF,” says Nault, who earned a bachelor’s in finance and master’s in business administration. “I am inspired by the many students in this program and can’t wait to see all of the great work done by its alumni.”

His longstanding USF philanthropy also includes a scholarship for entrepreneurship students and Life Membership in the USF Alumni Association, among other gifts. This kind of alumni support has helped fuel USF’s ascension to the upper echelons of academia.