Since 2005, Ray Ellis has been focused on community and civic service. Ray currently serves on several Boards in San Diego, CA. These include: The Balboa Park Conservancy, Lux Art Institute, The Parker Foundation, EDC Strategic Roundtable and Equinox Center.
In addition to these volunteer activities, Ray is the Principal of Ellis & Associates, LLC, an investment firm. Ray also manages the activities of the Ellis Family Foundation, which is a private foundation funding other non-profit organizations.
Prior to his current activities, Ray was the President of the Marketing Services Division of Protocol Communications, Inc. As part of the executive management team of Protocol, Ray was responsible for all activities within his Division and participated in key strategic, integration, financial and management decisions for this privately held $260 Million marketing services enterprise.
Prior to joining Protocol through an acquisition of Ray’s firm in June 2001, he was the Founder, Principal Shareholder, and Chief Executive Officer of MC Direct. After founding MC Direct in 1987, Ray and his team grew the firm to become one of the largest full-service direct response advertising agencies on the West Coast. Major clients included: Intuit, Microsoft, Cisco, The Smithsonian, Bank of America, Farmers Insurance, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, American Express and many others. Ray has extensive experience in a wide range of direct response programs, with an emphasis on direct mail and interactive programs.
Ray received his BA in History from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia and his MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Ray and his wife Gina live in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego with their son, Jake. He also has a son, Matt, working and living in Los Angeles and daughter, Jessica, who graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.