Ray Brown

Academic Background

University of Virginia ’84
BA in Foreign Affairs, Varsity Track and Field  – Three time All-American 800M outdoors and 1000M indoors, UVA Most Outstanding Scholar/Athlete 1984
University of Virginia Darden School of Business ’97
MBA, Columnist Darden News- Wrote editorials on the Darden Community and General Interests, Member of Finance Club

Work Experience

Ray taught history and coached track and field at the Episcopal High School upon his graduation from college. He also remained dedicated to his running and competed in national and international track competitions. Continued success as a runner permitted Ray to “retire” from teaching and run professionally where he won six USA National 800M Championships, placed fifth at the World Indoor Championships and represented the USA as a member of twelve national teams.
Upon the completion of his MBA, Ray worked as a series 7 & 63 licensed financial services advisor for Lehman Brothers and Smith Barney. He worked with clients on asset allocation and wealth preservation strategies. In addition, he assisted business owners in the sale of their companies through the establishment of ESOPs. Most recently, Ray has been engaged in consultancy and entrepreneurial endeavors with companies such IBM, Deutsche Bank and Prudential.
A constant theme through Ray’s career has been a commitment to help young adults realize their goals. This has been expressed as a mentor to young employees at Lehman Brothers and  of Ron Brown Scholar. He has also consulted for Management Leadership for Tomorrow and served on the Long Island Selection Committee for the University of Virginia Jefferson Scholarship.

Area of Expertise

Business development, recruitment, consulting

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3 Random Facts:

  1. My father, a US Air Force fighter pilot, flew our family in a small four seater Cessna on vacations along the West Coast from Baja California to Vancouver, Canada. Looking back, I really did think Dad was a hero.
  2. I have kept personal journals off and on since high school. This has honed my writing skills which led to the New York Times sports section publishing a letter to the editor I submitted.
  3. Many of my greatest gifts have stemmed from running. The most important was being led to my wife who I met on my run in New York’s Central Park while she was training for the Boston Marathon. I had to work to keep up with her.