Born in Augusta, GA, Ray grew up in the same town of Swainsboro where one of ZCorum’s branch offices is located. When he says he’s local, he isn’t kidding! After graduating from Swainsboro High School in 2006, he stayed true to his roots and attended East Georgia College and Georgia Southern University, both within shouting distance of his home town.
After graduation, and armed with a degree in Writing and Linguistics, Ray focused full time on his writing and was a finalist in the 2013 DC Shorts Screenplay Competition, traveling to Washington D.C. for the event. Even though he didn’t win the competition he says that it gave him the confidence he needed to not give up and to keep writing. That’s some pretty impressive inspiration!
Ray began his journey at ZCorum in one of our Call Centers (which he calls the “trenches”) where he helped customers with internet and cable TV problems. Ray credits that experience with helping him prepare for handling the more stressful situations in life. He believes that patience and perseverance are character builders, but that no one should be too proud to ask for help if needed.
When word of his writing background got around, Ray moved over to the Marketing Department at ZCorum. There he helps keep the company’s marketing campaigns on track and reporting on results.
Ray still lives in his small, southern hometown of Swainsboro. In his off time he continues full speed ahead with his writing and is currently trying to get his first novel published.