Ray was a former Senior Vice President for Paine Webber & Shearson Lehman Brothers during his 20-year Wall Street career. He achieved much financial success; however, he was unable to stop abusing drugs and alcohol. Ray has sustained his recovery since 2011.
Ray founded James Club Recovery on September 11th, 2016 and is dedicated to giving back to the community. During his time in recovery, Ray has been presented with the “2014 Recovery Man of the Year” award and the “Golden Rule Award” recognized by the United Nations and the African Council. In 2016, Ray was asked to share his story on Capitol Hill and received the 2017 ‘Shomrim Man of the Year’ Award (the nation’s largest Jewish law enforcement society). More recently, in August of 2019, Ray received a “Proclamation” from Mayor Mark Bogen in Broward County, Florida.
Ray was featured in November of 2016 on the hit series “Intervention,” and was interviewed on NBC News discussing his efforts to battle drug addiction and how he looks to save lives. Ray is determined to provide a solution to the opiate crisis, lower overdoses, reduce homelessness and the recidivism rates.