Ray brings decades of extensive marketplace experience to his position as an advisor at True North.
Ray has provided mergers and acquisitions and value enhancement services to companies in the lower middle-market and main-street segments since 2005, most recently with Sunbelt Business Advisors.
Prior to joining Sunbelt, he served in financial executive and leadership roles at several Fortune 100 companies, where he developed and deployed financial management practices to increase company value. These practices were internationally recognized as worldwide best practices for supporting and driving business strategy.
Over his career, Ray has participated in over 200 value enhancement initiatives, deal making and mergers and acquisitions–related transactions in a wide variety of industries covering main-street, middle-market and large publicly traded company market segments. He understands how to help business owners build wealth by increasing their company’s value and unlocking this value early, often and continuously.
Ray earned his MBA from the William E. Simon School of Business, University of Rochester, and has a B.A. with an emphasis in accounting from Howard University. He is a certified mergers and acquisitions advisor, the most advanced credential in middle-market corporate finance, advisory and transaction service. Ray is also a certified exit planning advisor (CEPA) and a past credentialed member of the Exit Planning Institute, the recognized thought leader and standard setter in the field of exit planning around the world.