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Manly Ray

FINRA Dispute Resolution
Regional Director
Boca Raton, FL, USA


Manly Ray is the Southeast Regional Director for FINRA’s Office of Dispute Resolution.  He has over 25 years of experience in the securities, legal and business professions, including the past 19 years with FINRA.

Manly began his FINRA career with the Office of Hearing Officers in Washington, DC in 1998 where he worked until August 2005.  At the Office of Hearing Officers, Manly held the position of Chief Case Administrator and was responsible for managing the Deputy Chief Hearing Officer’s caseload in addition to supervising all Case Administrators.  In August 2005, Manly moved to Boca Raton for a position in FINRA’s Member Regulation Department as a Compliance Specialist.  He was later promoted to Examination Manager and supervised a team of cycle examiners.  In May 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.

Prior to joining FINRA, Manly worked as a paralegal for the law firm of Piper & Marbury, LLP and in the arbitration group for MCI Communications.

Manly has a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech.  He is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Professional, has attended FINRA’s Examiner University program, and has completed coursework in mediation skills and process.  Manly earned 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.

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