Manly Ray is the Southeast Regional Director for FINRA Dispute Resolution. He has over twenty years of experience in the securities, legal and business professions, including the past fourteen years with FINRA.
Manly has a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech. He has completed FINRA's Institute at Wharton; FINRA's Examiner University program; and coursework in mediation skills and process. Manly was awarded FINRA's Excellence in Service Award in 2002; FINRA's President's award in 2000; and the 1994 Pro Bono award from Piper & Marbury LLP for outstanding casework on a class action sexual harassment lawsuit.
Prior to joining FINRA, Manly worked as a paralegal for the law firm of Piper & Marbury, LLP, and for MCI Communications in their arbitration group. Manly began his FINRA career with the Office of Hearing Officers in Washington, DC in 1998 where he worked until August of 2005. At the Office of Hearing Officers he was promoted to the position of Chief Case Administrator where he was responsible for managing the Deputy Chief Hearing Officer's caseload in addition to supervising all Case Administrators.
In August of 2005 Manly moved to Boca Raton for a position in FINRA's Member Regulation Department as a Compliance Specialist. In 2007 he was promoted to Examination Manager, where he supervised a team of cycle examiners. In May of 2010 Manly assumed his current role as the Southeast Regional Director, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Southeast Regional Dispute Resolution office.