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Ramon's Story.....

Ramon Ray motivational speaker

Ramon (Ruh-moan) is a leading expert on small business success. He inspires and educates thousands of business owners every year through his content, events and media interviews.


He's a four-time entrepreneur, who has sold two companies. He's a best selling author and his latest and fourth book is "Celebrity CEO", all about personal branding.

Ramon has shared the stage with many leading business thought leaders, including, Seth Godin, Simon Sinek, Gary Vaynerchuk.

He's also interviewed all five Shark Tank Sharks - Daymond John, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Herjavec and Mark Cuban

Ramon was born in the midwest and from a child he loved to tinker and play with electronics and read books.

As a young teen he moved to Brooklyn, New York.


You can say Ramon's part "well mannered midwestern" and part "action oriented" New Yorker.

Ramon studied business administration in college and one of his first jobs was as a temp staff member doing clerical work at the United Nations.

He served at the United Nations for over 10 years and was promoted to administrative officer, managing the administrative functions of the NY Office of a UN Agency headquartered in Asia.

While at the UN, Ramon was bit by the "business bug" and started a few small companies.

He eventually left the UN ("was fired") and became a full time entrepreneur.

Although Ramon walked and rubbed shoulders with diplomats from around the world, his passion was entrepreneurship.


His business education and thirst for entrepreneurship was nurtured through the pages of Inc Magazine, Black Enterprise and Entrepreneur Magazine. Ramon credits much of his education and business influence to many New York area business owners, including Yacov Wrocherinsky. Ramon's favorite Inc column was the Street Smarts Column by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham.

By "day" he worked hard at the United Nations and by "night" he worked on his side businesses, attended networking events and started producing many of his own successful events.

The companies Ramon started include:

  • a small tech consulting business

  • Small Business Summit, an event company co-founded with Marian Banker

  • and a well-known blog,

Ramon sold the Small Business Summit to another event company and in 2019 sold to a publisher.

Smart Hustle Media, Ramon's latest passion, encapsulates Ramon's love of entrepreneurship and small business success.

Ramon's been married for over 27 years and has two adult children.

Ramon's professional affiliations include:

  • Board Member, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (New York City)

  • Board of Advisors, BITS Consulting LLC

  • Teacher, Akimbo B Corp (founded by Seth Godin)

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