Ray Gilley, joined the Solodev team as Chief Executive Officer in March of 2013. Solodev is a leading provider of content management software that enables organizations to easily manage their online presence. Solodev’s enterprise level CMS platform is used to build smart phone applications, interactive websites, social media applications applications and other online portals designed to reach the fast-growing ecosystem of screens and devices. Ray works with his Solodev team to provide secure and scalable online solutions for its clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, government and enterprise corporations. Solodev software empowers an organization to seamlessly manage its mobile, Web, social and e-commerce content in one place and operates in the cloud or on premise to deliver powerful digital experiences.
Prior to joining Solodev, Ray was executive council director for two years at TWsquared, one of the state’s premiere marketing, branding, creative, and strategy firms based in Orlando as Executive Council Director. As executive council to the firm’s many clients, he and council members guided companies on strategic business decisions designed to grow revenue and expand market share.
Ray served as president of the Metro Orlando EDC for nearly 10 years. He led a team of talented professionals in the operations of the over $5 million regional organization that produced 41,300 announced jobs and $2.69 billion in capital investment. The 35 member team focused on high-wage primary job creation and economic diversification, and consistently lured leading-edge industries to Central Florida, including the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, and assisted in the retention and expansion of major employers such as Lockheed Martin, Darden Restaurants, EA Sports, and JetBlue.
Ray spent fifteen years in operations management and professional roles with Progress Energy including serving as its volunteer corporate PAC chair, and five years in economic research and national business development with the Florida Department of Commerce. Ray served as volunteer chair of Workforce Central Florida and later was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush as chair of Workforce Florida, where he led the development of the state’s workforce policy, programs, and services. Other gubernatorial and legislative appointments include Lake-Sumter Community College Board of Trustees and the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Space & Aeronautics in Florida.
Ray currently serves on the board of the International Economic Development Council, UCF Board of Trustees, and Florida TaxWatch. He serves on the advisory board of BBVA Compass Central Market. His prior service includes Hispanic Business Initiative Fund, Enterprise Florida, and WMFE, myregion.org, Orlando Health, Seminole Chamber, and Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber boards. He is past chair of the Florida Economic Development Council, where he received the Professional of the Year Award in 2009; and he founded and chaired the Florida Economic Developers’ Political Action Committee and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Florida’s Class XXIX.