Chris Ray_Speaking

Chris enjoys sharing his passion for high-end home brands through keynote presentations and panel discussions. Drawing from his experience working with some of the country’s highest-regarded brands and corporate leaders, Chris offers valuable insights, enlightening observation, and entertaining behind-the-scenes tales.

Chris speaks to a wide variety of marketing-related subjects, including:

  • Creating Brand Stories That Resonate
  • How High-End Brands Approach Lead Generation
  • Maximizing ROI in Social Media
  • Micro and Macro Trends for the Luxury Market
  • The Power of Bespoke Branding

As a marketer himself, Chris isn’t content just to show up. You can count on Chris to help promote and foster discussion of your event across social channels. Having planned many large-scale events himself, Chris also knows the value of personal reliability, adaptability and cooperation.


Chris is always on top of the latest analytics on the affluent home market — from recent spending habits to what’s next with the consumer behavior of the affluent/wealthy demographic. He couples that with smart strategic thinking so that he always seems to be two-steps ahead of everyone else. If you’re working with Chris, you’re working with a winner.

Tim DiCarlo
Southeast Director
American Express Publishing (A Division of Time Inc. Affluent Media Group)

What I admire about Chris is his ability to create a brand with a story, with longevity, and with legs, regardless of whether the brand is old or new. It’s brilliant.

Andy Tobias
CKD, Director of Marketing, St. Charles Cabinetry (2005-2012)

Chris understands what motivates affluent consumers and just as important the competitive landscape that defines the high-end home market. He is a terrific listener, and with his years of experience, a trusted source for informed guidance and counsel. I’ve always found his thinking to be fresh, insightful and a move ahead of the rest of the industry.

Bill Andrews
Director of Marketing, Viking Range (2004-2013)


Previous speaking engagements include:

House & Garden‘s Well-Lived Life Summit – Chris joined Michael Silverstein, author of Trading Up, and celebrated designer Jamie Drake, for a panel discussion on the growing demand for luxury in America, and the forces driving it.

National Retail Federation Annual Convention – Chris participated in a panel discussion called “Succeeding in the Lap of Luxury: An In-Depth Look at the Future of the Luxury Marketplace.”
Co-panelists were Lew Frankfort, CEO of Coach; Michael Gould, CEO of Bloomingdale’s; and Ed Kelly, CEO of American Express Publishing (Travel+Leisure, Food & Wine, Departures)

Silversea Cruise Lines Annual Sales Meeting – Chris presented ideas and inspiration on the subject of strategic partnerships to Silversea’s global sales team, as well as the company’s advisory council of top-tier travel agents.

PIAA Marketing Workshop – Chris, along with a group of peers, led a day-long session on the subject of content marketing to professionals in the medical professional liability (MPL) field.

If you’d like to check Chris’ availability for your event or talk about how he might structure a presentation, please feel free to contact him at (601) 898-8968 or [email protected].