Ray Ceo Jr. graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Creative Writing. During his tenure in college, he was a well-received, and popular columnist for the college's newspaper, and was even awarded first place for a series of columns he wrote from the Society of Professional Journalists.
From there, he launched the very start of his blog, titled iREADray. In just two years, he was able to build a readership of over 150,000 people. Mr. Ceo has also written the Echo Magazine, Unicorn Booty, and his work has appeared in the Arizona State Library Association's digital publications, the Glendale Daily Planet, Glendale Daily Star, East Valley Tribune, San Tan Sun News, the Arizona Republic and more.
Mr. Ceo is also an experienced library advocate, having worked in most roles in libraries, including hundreds of hours of training and has supervised more than 100 volunteers in his short life. He has managed large-scale events, fundraised thousands, and has organized countless outreaches. In just one year with one library system, he was able to organize outreaches which gave away over 1500 library cards, and having one-on-one contact with over 3500 people.
In his free time, Mr. Ceo is an advocate for the underdog, fighting for consumers, minority groups and small businesses, and those who are disadvantaged or disabled. As an "ideas man," Mr. Ceo is available on a freelance and consultant basis. Topics Mr. Ceo is best versed in include large-scale event and project management, fundraising, consumer protection, volunteerism and community partnerships and he can speak on a variety of topics including innovation. His working meeting approach and brainstorming sessions can help new businesses and young professionals develop in areas of innovation, strategic marketing, and personal branding and marketing.
Mr. Ceo currently resides in the Phoenix area with his two dogs. He also runs a small eCommerce business, and in 2008 was named the 17th most influential activist under 30 by Echo Magazine.