John “Jay” A. Gates III was born in Richmond, VA in 1971.  Jay grew up in Midlothian and attended local schools, graduating from Midlothian High School in 1989.  By the age of 6, Jay was actively working at Gates Antiques Ltd. his family’s business.  His past and current interests include furniture and American military artifacts.  Jay furthered his education at Roanoke College, graduating in 4 years Cum Laude with a degree in Business with a focus in Finance.  Upon graduation, Jay entered the finance industry as a money manager.  Meanwhile, he continued to work in the antique industry and apprenticed under his father, John A. Gates Jr.  In 1997, Jay decided to enter the family antique business full time.  He assumed the management of the company in 2001 and has led the business ever since.   Jay specializes in American and English furniture from 1650-1925 and Chinese and Japanese export.  Jay is an active member of the New England Appraisers Association.  Gates Antiques Ltd. has been repeatedly voted the one of the Favorite Furniture Repair and Refinishing Shop and Best Antique Store by the Richmond Magazine since 2011.  Gates Antiques Ltd. is recognized as a leader in the antique industry in central Virginia.  Jay has been featured on television and in various publications as an expert appraiser and favorite antique store and over the years.

Jay Gates currently resides in the Midlothian area.  He has two sons, Zane and Brandt, ages 14 and 11.  He is an active member at Winfree Memorial Baptist Church and enjoys reading, running, American history, and spending as much time with his boys as possible.


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