Meet Jay Gensert! Jay joined the KEB team in November 2021 where he serves in the tax department. His main responsibilities include tax prep, review, and planning for businesses, individuals, and trusts. Jay does a little bit of everything!
Jay is a graduate of Illinois College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. He also attended SIUE earning a Bachelor of Science as well as a Masters in Accountancy. In 2016, Jay also received his CPA license.
Jay grew up in Granite City, Illinois, and is the son of Mary Ann & David Gensert. He has an older sister, Melanie, and a younger brother, Edward.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I have small children, so I really haven’t been sleeping much as is.
What is a new skill that you would like to master?
I was a pretty good piano player, and I was picking up Spanish pretty well as a second language when I was younger. I quit practicing both and would like to restart.
What do you wish you knew more about?
Still learning much about tax and finance.
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
Hawaii, LA, Calgary, Mexico, New York, Caribbean. Never been across the pond.
What question would you most like to know the answer to?
Who killed JFK? I’ve read Woody Harrelson’s dad was there.
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
Trivial things. I’m pretty good at trivia. I can name presidents, world series participants, Oscar winners, etc.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
Nothing too crazy. I had a reindeer hotdog in Denver once, but it wasn’t too different from a bratwurst.
What was your first job?
Knights of Columbus Bingo Hall concessions. A bunch of us got fired but, to be fair, the adult that fired me also got fired. I think he tried to blame some suspect financial reporting on the kids working the popcorn machine.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?