Tony Wray – Biography

Tony Wray was born in Chicago, Illinois but spent most of his childhood in Cleveland, Ohio.  As the eldest of seven children in a single-parent household, Tony learned early the lessons of responsibility and hard work.  He joined the U.S. Navy after graduating high school and served in Vietnam as a combat communicator, where he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal with a Bronze Star.

Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Tony began his career with the IBM Corporation. He advanced up the corporate ladder holding a number of sales and marketing management positions. Tony attributes his IBM success to learning how to think and act in a positive and productive manner.

After retiring from IBM, Tony served as principal partner and vice president of business development with a Massachusetts-based telecommunications firm.  In this position, he was responsible for customer retention and expansion of new business accounts.  During his tenure, he honed his expertise in small business management and growth through a variety of initiatives focusing on technical assistance and strategic operations.

In 1999, Tony co-founded a firm offering consulting services in personal, career and entrepreneurship development and strategic consultations in marketing and public relations. He received certification from The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) as a Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher in 2004.

Since 2002, Tony has been teaching his original programs, “The Art of Self-Sufficient Thinking”, “What Employers Expect of YOU” and “Personal Finance 101 ” to transitioning individuals.  Using these programs, he has served as a consultant to Job Corps, the nation’s  oldest and largest federally funded job training and education program for at-promise youth ages 16-24. Additionally, Tony has traveled across the country as a speaker and mentor for the National Director of Job Corps’ STARS Initiative, a program designed to inspire Job Corps students and support their efforts to overcome employment barriers. He has served as a technical consultant to the Boston City Council and Office of Comptroller, State of New York and has lectured at higher educational institutions; such as, Harvard University, Bentley University and Babson College. Additionally, he has conducted workshops for the New Hampshire Department of Education and the New Hampshire Workforce Opportunity Council. Always committed to the principle of giving back, Tony facilitates a weekly mentoring session with at-promise youth. He is a past Board Member of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and Stop Handgun Violence.

 

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