It's always great to see on one of the good guys recognized for a career built on integrity, commitment and generosity - and even better when he has played such an important role in your own development.
Ray was selected as the 2016 inductee to the Page Society Hall of Fame, and I can't help but feel a little bit of pride-by-association, as Ray has always been a fixture in my history with Ketchum and now Omnicom.
I met Ray on a boat to a big pitch in the US Virgin Islands (things were different then) and before I knew it, I was working for him in Washington, DC.
Later, when offered a role elsewhere, he let me explain my reasons for considering the jump without comment or intervention and, before I knew it, I had talked myself into rejecting the offer and staying at Ketchum.
And a few years later I mentioned an interest in looking at new roles within the network, and before I knew it I was on a plane to London. I never looked back.
I'm one of dozens if not hundreds with very similar stories. Careers catalysed, opportunities extended, lives changed. Before we knew it, we were on to new and exciting possibilities, thanks to Ray.
So thanks, Ray and congratulations!
Induction to the Page Society Hall of Fame recognizes the lifetime achievement of men and women with careers of distinguished leadership in corporate communications and public relations.