Jay Ward was the president and fourth-generation owner of Ward Lumber until March of 2021. In 2021 Ward realized a long term vision of transitioning his family owned, 130 year old company to employee ownership through a worker-owned cooperative (as opposed to an ESOP). Ward Lumber is a successful two-unit lumber yard, hardware and paint store operation located in the Adirondacks and North Country of NY state. The company is now directly owned by more than 40 of the 60 employee team members. Jay is working for the employee team as the CEO and reports to the worker-owned cooperative board of directors made up of employee owners.