Jess was born in Rocky Mount, NC, but was raised in Kinston, NC and attended Arendell Parrott Academy, He graduated with a degree in Economics from North Carolina State University. After graduation, Jess returned to his home town of Kinston to start his business career with Sanderson Farms, in their management training program. After three years of gaining experience in the agricultural industry, Jess left Sanderson Farms to start Eastern Outdoor Development, Inc. As Eastern Outdoor was making traction in the outdoor advertising industry, the opportunity came for Jess to acquire Kinston Realty Group, Inc. which has been voted the Best Real Estate Firm in Lenoir County for five years in a row. They specialize in Residential Home Sales, Property Management, and Commercial Real Estate. Jess enjoys spending time working on the farm improving wildlife habitat and hunting.