When Jay attended his first SCBWI conference, he had a roommate who turned out to be an agent. He showed him picture books and the agent took him on. That was his first agent, who soon stopped agenting.
Jay attended the SCBWI LA conference next, where he heard Chris Crutcher talk, introducing him to the world of young adult books. He also found his second agent, as a result of his critique and (winning lots of prizes in the conference joke contest.