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Ryan Ray is an accomplished, results-oriented entrepreneur with a passion for developing leaders and building collaborative partnerships across both the public and private sector. He began his career in sales and marketing upon graduation from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC). Leveraging a strong work ethic and tenacity, he has since enjoyed a blossoming career across various industries, building an extensive background in organizational leadership, consulting, public speaking, team building, and fundraising.

Prior to his role as CEO of Jobs for Life, Ryan led Triangle Entrepreneurial Leadership. He founded TEL in 2015 to create a safe haven for entrepreneurs to dream, to grow, and to lead their lives and businesses. The company’s mission is to educate, empower, and equip entrepreneurs with the thinking and skillsets necessary for financial, personal, and professional success; a people-focused company. TEL was birthed out of the need for entrepreneurial training and support, which Ryan recognized while working with individuals who feared starting their own business. TEL has developed into a business ecosystem that works collaboratively to ensure the success of its members.

Now as President and CEO of Jobs for Life (JfL), Ryan continues his mission of creating pathways to meaningful work and entrepreneurial opportunities. He believes that, together, we can uplift humanity by helping all people experience the dignity of work.

Ryan is a native of Dunn, NC. He lives in Garner, NC with his lovely wife, Tamia, and their two sons, Isaiah and Austin.