2015 Award Winner

Smilor Ray

Ray Smilor

Raymond W. Smilor is the Robert and Edith Schumacher Executive Faculty Fellow in Innovation and Technology and Professor of Professional Practice at the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. He is also Senior Fellow at the Center for Entrepreneurship in Moscow, Russia. He is Vice President for Development and serves on the board of directors of United States Association for Small Business Enterprise (USASBE). As an author, public speaker, investor, consultant, and teacher, he has published extensively and worked with a range of start-up and growth companies. He is a sought-after motivational speaker and teaches and lectures internationally. He has managed major entrepreneurship development programs for the U.S. Department of State in North Africa and the Middle East and for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Russia. In 2011, USASBE presented him with the John E. Hughes Award for Entrepreneurial Advocacy for his work in advancing entrepreneurship worldwide.