Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAY MANN 1938-2010; Promoter Was Model of Dedication, Work He Was Responsible for the Venus International Model Search Locally

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAY MANN 1938-2010; Promoter Was Model of Dedication, Work He Was Responsible for the Venus International Model Search Locally

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

A Jacksonville native who launched the Venus International Model Search at a local swimsuit company and wove it into a popular annual event for 14 years has died at age 72.

Jay Mann, a former Miami television personality, actor, promoter and nightclub operator, died Monday after a stroke in Asheville, N.C.

Daryle Scott, founder and former president and CEO of Venus Swimwear, worked with Mr. Mann during those model search years. He said his former coworker and friend was a dedicated man with lots of ideas.

"There are few people I met like Jay, but he literally had a million ideas," Scott said.

He said with his energy there was no way anyone would know he was 72.

Born in Jacksonville in 1938, Mr. Mann grew up in northwest Miami-Dade County and went to Miami Edison Senior High School. He was the host for "Dialing for Dollars" on WPLG-TV in the 1970s and owned two popular nightclubs. Moving to Atlanta in 1972, he acted in television commercials for companies like Orkin, Sears, JCPenney and Shake'n Bake. …

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