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Ray Brannon

Professor, consultant, Higher Education

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Ray Brannon's Bio:

Ray Brannon Malcolm Gladwell would most probably characterize me as a "connector." I would say that I am best known to those around me as a salesman. I have spent a lifetime "selling" innovative ideas in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The best definition of a salesman I can give is that of a harbinger of what is honest, new and exciting whether it be to students in a classroom or professionals in the field. My personal objectives include inspiring a new generation of students, entrepreneurs and social activists to make a difference in their fields by being other-directed members of society built on justice and mutual respect.

Ray Brannon's Experience:

  • Director of Conferences and Development at The Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute of Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    EXCERPT OF LETTER TO MICHAEL DRISCOLL, PHD, PRESIDENT INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA. JULY 16, 2013 "I am writing to congratulate you and your faculty and staff who organized and delivered the 25th annual conference for the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI) last week on the beautiful campus of IUP. In helping to plan and secure external funding for this important and innovative conference, I collaborated with Drs. Alex Heckert and Christian Vaccaro, Ray Brannon and Crystal Deemer from MARTI. This was truly an outstanding group of individuals, each committed to making a difference in their work and desire to be of service to the community. Mr. Brannon and Ms Deemer worked tirelessly to market this year's program to a broader audience, which led to a significant increase in attendees (a remarkable achievement in these tight budgetary times in the field of social, mental health and addiction services). No one can think outside the box as well as Mr. Brannon who did a superb job marketing the conference recruiting speakers and attendees and raising money." Dennis C. Daley, PhD Professor of Psychiatry and Social Work Addiction Medicine Services, Department of Psychiatry University of Pittsburgh Medical School

  • Director Of Internet Safety Program, Contracted Consultant at Venango Training & Development Center

    Develops and conducts school and community based "train-the-trainer programs" for Internet Safety Programs from WebWise Kids ( for teachers,adminstrators, guidance counselors and law enforcement officials. Funded under a Federal grant in the 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

  • President, CEO at Choice Technologies, Inc

    Retired in 2008 Board of Directors (1996-2011) o Raised venture capital and successfully qualified an SEC $5,000,000 SCOR stock offering. o Directed R&D computer programming activities, company acquisitions and internal financial management. o Conducted national training seminars for distributors in Chicago, Dallas, San Diego and Pittsburgh. o Featured in Pittsburgh Business Times article for SCOR offering. o Editor and Publisher of Quarterly Sales & Marketing newspaper to distributors.

  • Partner at Brannon-Rile Software

    Co-founder o Raised $ 500,000 in venture capital for start-up venture. o Helped design, test, and market People's Choice Accounting Software. o Managed the sale of the company and its assets to Safeguard Business Systems of Dallas, TX.

  • Partner at Brannon - Ponko Associates

    oPlanned a property development, "Tollgate Estates", Delmont, PA. oSecured bank funding, sought zoning approval, oversaw construction and sold all properties. Closed company on completion of sales.

  • Professor (Teaching Assistant) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Sociology Department: Half Time Level 1 Instructor under the mentorship of a full time faculty member.

  • Ajdunct Professor at Westmoreland County Community College

    Teaching: Social Media: Society & Citizenship; Applied Human Relations; Effective Naturalistic Public Speaking; Interpersonal Communications

  • Consultant at Brannon Consulting, Inc.

    Internet Safety consulting for schools, community groups and social service agencies. Computer- based educational program training and consulting. Computerized accounting-systems consultant. Speaker and public-engagement lecturer.

  • Systems Consultant at Safeguard Business Systems

    Business Systems Consultant o Self -employed distributor of Safeguard Business Systems, a division of Deluxe Corporation. o Set up over 2,000 small to medium sized business in Western Pennsylvania with an emphasis on healthcare, practice management and small business accounting systems. o Consulting for school districts, parent groups and social service agencies on Internet Safety.

Ray Brannon's Education:

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Ph.D. (ABD)
  • University of Pittsburgh

    Concentration: Educational Communications & Technology
  • Saint Vincent College

    Concentration: Economics

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