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“They say if you want something done ask a busy person. That’s Jayson. He’s always responsive and enthusiastic. The guy must have more hours in his day than the rest of us.” Lisa DeSilva, Community Solutions “We may have 15 loans close in a week, but every client, every property, every deal is a different story, which makes it fun.” “Janene and I have been part of the community for a long time and we love introducing new people to all the positive attributes of the region. We both raised our kids here so we can speak from firsthand experience about what a great place it is for families. I live in Gilroy myself and enjoy showing people around.” Volunteering His Voice Jayson has a knack for emcee work and he puts it to good use at about a dozen community awareness and fundraising events every year for organizations including the Morgan Hill Rotary Club, the Community Law Enforcement Foundation of Morgan Hill, the Gilroy Youth Alliance, South County schools, Edward Boss Prado Foundation, and Community Solutions. According to Sue Thurman at the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, “Jayson’s one of our go-to guys for our breakfast club, mixers, annual dinners and tradeshows. As an emcee he keeps things moving and our members love his humor. As a business professional and volunteer, he leads and motivates others by example.” Community Solutions’ Director of Development, Lisa DeSilva, said “Having Jayson as an emcee is like winning the Trifecta. He knows what we do. He and his family and his colleagues at Guild are staunch advocates and generous supporters of our work, which makes him an authentic and credible voice at our fundraisers. He’s also quick-witted and knows a lot of people in the community that he can call on by name when he’s announcing. He adds to the fun and flavor at our events.” Jayson will emcee for Community Solutions at its “Black, White and Bling” gala fundraiser this December at the new Granada Theater Conference Center. It will be the Granada’s inaugural event. Developer Frank Léal provided a prize package, which generated over $80,000 in donation, last year. “I love that charity and if I can help them to raise money by emceeing,” Jayson said, “it’s a way to honor a fantastic group of people for the good work they do in our community.” 64 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN The Acting Bug Jayson caught the acting bug as a sophomore at Live Oak High School. He also performed with the San José Children’s Musical Theater and the South Valley Civic Theater – all before the age of 20. When the Pintello family opened their comedy theater in 2002, Jayson eagerly returned to the stage and has been active ever since with the Pintello’s, Limelight Actors Theater, and South Valley Civic Theater. Among his past roles, Jayson has a soft spot in his heart for “First Night,” in which he played a thirty-something college grad stuck in a mediocre job as a video store clerk. A few hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve, his teenage heartthrob walks into the video store. It’s been twenty years since she left town to become a nun and join a convent. Their reunion provides the grist for great entertainment and laughs. “It was just a two-person show but so much fun. I played alongside a Live Oak alumna, Denee Lewis-Bohnsack,” Jayson said. “When the curtain came down after the last performance, I knew I’d miss doing that show.” His credits also include South Valley Civic Theater’s production of “Spelling Bee,” and “Rumors,” produced by Pintello Comedy Theater. Next up is Michael Wilmot’s “Buying the Moose,” a hilarious, fast-paced play about two brothers and their wives, in which the wives ponder their husbands’ behavior while the husbands wonder how to get away with more of the same. Performances run September 2 nd through 24 th at Pintello’s. Jayson will do another show with Limelight in February 2017. According to Whitney Pintello, “Jayson’s a really funny guy. Understated but very effective. He really shines with smart, witty scripts. We tease him because he’s usually the last one to learn his lines. It’s his M.O., memorizing under pressure. But whatever the role, he always nails it.” Earlier this year, Jayson made his film debut in “The Biggest Game in Town.” Local filmmakers, Nils Myers and Mattie Scariot of 152 West Productions, saw Jayson onstage and recommended him to the film’s director, John Nava. Initially, he was cast in a supporting role, but after a few false starts with the lead actor, Nava offered him the role. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 gmhtoday.com