On March 29, 2023 the employees and staff of the Dolby Theatre lost one of our family. Jay Thomas was a highly respected executive in the entertainment industry, serving as the Vice President and General Manager of the Dolby Theatre for over twenty two years. He has made numerous contributions to the world of Hollywood, and in 2019 he was named a "Hero of Hollywood" by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Hollywood Community Foundation. At the Dolby Theatre, Jay has played a pivotal role in ensuring that the venue remains one of the most prestigious and sought-after locations in the entertainment industry. His tireless work ethic, strategic thinking, and leadership abilities have helped to establish the Dolby Theatre as a hub for world-class events, including the Academy Awards. Jay is known for his many positive personal attributes, including his unwavering commitment to excellence, his exceptional communication skills, and his ability to inspire and motivate those around him. He is widely regarded as a visionary leader who has made a significant impact on the entertainment industry, and his contributions to the Dolby Theatre and Hollywood as a whole will undoubtedly be felt for years to come.