Mayor Jay P. Obernolte - Biography
Jay Obernolte was elected to the City Council in November 2010. He currently serves as Mayor.
M.S. Artificial Intelligence (division of Computer Science) 1997 University of California, Los Angeles
B.S. Engineering and Applied Science 1992
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Edison/Computech High School 1988
Valedictorian, 4.0 GPA
FarSight Studios FarSight Studios is a developer of family videogames for the PlayStation3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Apple iPhone, and the PC I started the company in 1990, and I have been the President and Technical Director for the 20 years since then. Our games have sold tens of millions of copies all over the world; some of our current games are Game Party for the Nintendo Wii, Hotel For Dogs for the Wii, DS, and PC, and Pinball Hall of Fame for the PlayStation3 and Xbox 360. FarSight has been located in Big Bear for 15 years, and we currently have 18 employees at our studio in Big Bear Lake. I feel FarSight is an example of the kind of business we should be trying to attract to Big Bear: stable companies with well‐ paid employees that don’t necessarily depend on tourism.
I met my wife Heather in 1984, and we were married in 1996. We have two sons: Hale (12) and Troy (10).
Big Bear City Airport Board of Directors
I was elected to the Big Bear City Airport Board in 2005 and was a Director five years. I served as President of the Board for three years and as Vice President for one
• The Outdoors
I enjoy water skiing, boating, snow skiing, snowboarding, and hiking with my family
I have flown light aircraft for 19 years, and I am a Certificated Flight Instructor. I am also active in the Young Eagles program (which provides free flights to interested young people), and I’ve flown over 110 children.
• Martial Arts
I hold a third‐degree black belt in Pacific Unified Martial Arts, and I own and instruct at PUMA Karate in Big Bear Lake. Teaching children karate is one of my passions!
My wife and I have been full‐time residents of Big Bear for 15 years. We love Big Bear‐ of all the beautiful places we’ve seen in our travels, there’s nowhere else in the world we’d rather call home.