In July 2010 Ray concluded a 36 year criminal justice career that included 24 years as a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives where he held a Top Secret-SCI clearance. Ray held a variety of field and headquarters positions with ATF including supervising a firearms and violent crime task force; supervising the development and delivery of basic and advanced training programs; serving as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s New England operations and as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Director for Field Operations and as Chief of ATF’s Firearms Programs Division where he was responsible for leading the development of firearms and tobacco enforcement programs and policies. Ray was additionally selected to lead the Department of Justice public safety and security planning and operational readiness coordination component of the National Response Plan, a position designed to ensure effective crisis and consequence management during all-hazard emergencies potentially requiring federal law enforcement assistance.
In October 2011 Ray joined the Brand and Trade Channel Integrity Department at Altria Client Services as a Law Enforcement Engagement Manger where he provided law enforcement engagement and training services designed to protect Altria operating company brands and trade channels from counterfeiters and smugglers. Specific duties included developing effective relationships with key law enforcement agencies; developing law enforcement engagement and training strategies and developing and delivering contraband cigarette training to law enforcement personnel; supporting law enforcement operations through on-site operational assistance and product authentication; leveraging law enforcement relationships in the sharing of information and intelligence; speaking at law enforcement conferences and trade shows on matters pertaining to the illicit tobacco trade and working collaboratively with third party private investigative vendors to advance brand integrity initiatives.
Ray has performed consulting services for a service-disabled veteran owned small business specializing in emergency preparedness and public safety and served as an adjunct criminal justice professor at George Mason University where he designed, marketed and delivered an undergraduate course that explored the many issues pertaining to firearms in America with emphasis on gun laws, policy and politics. Ray has additionally been a frequent speaker at many law enforcement academies, conferences and training schools.
A native of Long Island, New York, Ray earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from George Mason University and Master’s degrees from George Washington University and the National Defense University, a senior leadership development school operated by the Department of Defense.