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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Telecommunications Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Skiing
Favorite Quote:
If you want to do something important, the very first thing you must do is get started.

Birthplace

Born:
11/30/1947
Birth Location:
McKinney, Texas

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Telecommunications Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Skiing
Favorite Quote:
If you want to do something important, the very first thing you must do is get started.

Birthplace

Born:
11/30/1947
Birth Location:
McKinney
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Biography

Business executive, community developer, and golf enthusiast, Ray M. Robinson was born on November 30, 1947, in McKinney, Texas. Robinson grew up in Dallas, and while still in high school worked as a communication technician, beginning a thirty-five-year career with AT&T.

In 1970, Robinson earned his B.A. degree in finance from the University of Denver, and the following year he received his M.B.A., degree also from that same institution. Simultaneously, Robinson began his climb up the corporate ladder at AT&T, relocating thirteen times as he took new assignments in marketing, sales, and regulatory affairs. Robinson finally settled in Atlanta, where he became president of the company's southern region.

Upon his retirement from AT&T in 2003, Robinson, an avid golfer, assumed the presidency of Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club and became vice chairman of the East Lake Community Foundation. Robinson helped revive Atlanta's historic golf course and revitalize the inner-city neighborhood surrounding it through redevelopment. This redevelopment included East Lake Family YMCA and Eastlake Junior Golf Academy. Under Robinson's leadership, the golf club signed a multiyear partnership with the Professional Golf Association, making the East Lake Course the primary host venue for the PGA Championship Tour.

Robinson served on the board of directors for several businesses and organizations, including Citizens Trust Bank, the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Atlanta Tribune Editorial Advisory Board. Additionally, Robinson belonged to several civic groups, including the 100 Black Men of Atlanta and the NAACP. Robinson and his wife, Arlane, were married in 1969; the raised two children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ray Robinson discusses his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ray Robinson talks about his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ray Robinson explains his father's name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ray Robinson describes his paternal grandfather, Vernon Robinson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ray Robinson talks about his father starting his own janitorial service
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ray Robinson tells how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ray Robinson describes his first childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ray Robinson talks about the sights, sounds and smells of his youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ray Robinson describes his childhood neighborhood in Dallas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ray Robinson describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Ray Robinson recalls his involvement in church while growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ray Robinson remembers experiences from grade school and high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ray Robinson describes segregation in Dallas while growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ray Robinson explains his childhood experience with music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ray Robinson talks about his enjoyment of high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ray Robinson recalls memorable high school teachers and pranks
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ray Robinson discusses his involvement in high school activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ray Robinson describes his motorcycle accident
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ray Robinson explains his job with AT&T
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ray Robinson remembers the March on Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ray Robinson recalls the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ray Robinson talks about his decision between working and college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Ray Robinson explains how he chose to attend the University of Denver
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Ray Robinson remembers his experiences at the University of Denver
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ray Robinson talks about working summers at AT&T
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ray Robinson explains how John King assisted him with college and his military obligation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ray Robinson tells how he decided to work for AT&T after graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ray Robinson speaks about his qualifications in being hired at AT&T
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ray Robinson remembers working at NORAD
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ray Robinson explains a DEFCON four status at NORAD
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ray Robinson talks about being operations manager at NORAD at a young age
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ray Robinson recalls his various positions with AT&T
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ray Robinson remembers a career crisis at AT&T
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ray Robinson explains how he restored AT&T's image in the black community after a racist incident
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Ray Robinson tells how he became involved with the East Lake Golf Club
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ray Robinson talks about African American participation in golf
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ray Robinson details the origins and successes of the new golf course and housing development at East Lake Golf Club
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ray Robinson explains East Lake Golf Club's TOUR Championship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ray Robinson talks about African American support of East Lake Golf Club
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ray Robinson tells how profit is generated at THE TOUR Championship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ray Robinson's hopes and dreams for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ray Robinson discusses the possibility of replicating mixed income housing in other communities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ray Robinson considers his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ray Robinson considers how he would like to be remembered