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  • Grant Ray

    Director of Marketing & Communications

    Oakland, CA

Dreaming, thinking, making, doing.

Work Samples

  • Ural Gaucho Rambler

  • Moto Guzzi California 1400 event

  • Hammarhead Industries

Work History

2014 - Current Alta Motors, San Francisco, CA : Director of Marketing & Communications Everything but build the bikes. At least that's what I'm told. 2013 - 2014 Ural Motorcycles, Redmond, WA : Consulting / Creative Direction / Branding Marketing and strategy consulting, and I've also been helping them refine and expand their branding and messaging. I also helped launch major cobranded marketing efforts with both Poler Outdoor Stuff and Pendleton Woolen Mills. 2013 – 2014 1977 Mopeds, Kalamazoo, MI: Consulting Marketing and strategy consulting for 1977’s current family of business entities. 2013 Motorcycle Industry Council, Irvine, CA : Creative Direction / Branding Branding and identity for the Motorcycle Industry Council’s media outreach and rider education entity, Motorcycles.org. 2013 Moto Guzzi (PGA), New York, NY : Events Management, Creative Direction Developed and organized a four-day event in Los Angeles for the U.S. product launch of the company's range-topping model, the 2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400. I developed a team, led creative direction, and worked directly with Moto Guzzi’s VP of Marketing on all details and PR for the media party, arranged hotel accommodations for executive staff, food/beverages, and managed journalist and U.S. dealer logistics. 2013 Campbell Ewald, Los Angeles, CA : Freelance Art Direction Worked with both strategy and creative departments developing new business pitches, as well as online marketing and out-of-home advertising work for agency clients, including Kaiser Permanente, Discover Los Angeles, and PIMCO. 2007 - 2012 (acquired) Hell For Leather Media, LLC, NY/LA : Founder/CEO Hell For Leather was a two-pronged company with Hell For Leather Magazine as a daily content provider on the web covering the motorcycle industry to a healthy subscriber base, while Hell For Leather Media free was a consulting and creative agency primarily for Piaggio North America, manufacturer of Vespa, Moto Guzzi and Aprilia. I oversaw all finances, branding, marketing and events, maintained OEM relations, managed event sponsor relations as well as all vendors, led client marketing and advertising initiatives through the entire creative process from conception to completion, building and leading teams up to +40. Hell For Leather Media also signed on with Youtube’s enthusiast channel DRIVE to create the lifestyle adventure serial RideApart, the first season of which I also produced and directed. My creative output included hands-on direction in all phases of identity, branding, multi-device UX/UI direction and design, photography and editorial content. 2011 Hammarhead Industries, Philadelphia, PA : Photographer / Art Direction 2008 -2009 Outernational, New York, NY : Freelance Art Direction / Advertising / Branding / Direct Marketing / Package Design Clients included Russian Standard Vodka, Impreria Vodka, and Vue water. 2009 Fast Company Magazine, New York, NY : Photographer / Editorial 2007 - 2008 Gawker Media, New York, NY : Photographer / Art Direction 2008 Urbandaddy.com, New York, NY : Freelance Interactive Art Direction 2007 RIDES Magazine, New York, NY : Photographer / Art Direction 2007 0-60 Magazine, New York, NY : Photographer / Art Direction 2007 NYLON Guys Magazine, New York, NY : Photographer / Art Direction 2007 Intersection Magazine, New York, NY : Photographer / Art Direction 2006 Marshalls (TJX Companies, Inc.), Boston, MA : Freelance Art Direction / Advertising / Direct Marketing 2006 G2 (Grey Global Group), New York, NY : Freelance Senior Art Direction Worked within and managed teams to implement various initiatives in branding and marketing strategies, advertising, B2B & B2C direct marketing, emerging markets, product launches for Grey’s G2 clients including Absolut Vodka, Pernod Ricard’s Kahlua and Malibu brands, Glaxo Smith Klein, and Kraft Food Industries. 2002 - 2005 Confederate Motor Company, Inc., New Orleans, LA : Creative Director Directly responsible for all phases of media, public relations & direct marketing strategies. Conceptualized & implemented corporate rebranding campaign. EDUCATION 2013-Current Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business & Management: MBA 1999 Tulane University: Graduate Studies, Art History. 1998 Kansas City Art Institute: BFA. RELEVANT SKILLS Adobe CS, Final Cut Pro, Movable Type, CSS, HTML, Quark Express, Acrobat, medium, large format & video photography, illustration, comps & storyboards. Dedicated mid-western work ethic. Enjoys fast-paced environments. Plays well with others. References available on request.


  • Pepperdine University

    • MBA Business Strategy
    • 2013 - 2015