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Steve Ray

Manager,
Office of the Governor (Texas Music Office)
Austin, TX, USA
Stephen "Steve" Ray is a Music Business Consultant, Grant Administrator and Office Manager of the Texas Music Office (TMO), in the Office of the Governor.

Prior to joining the TMO, Steve Ray was employed by Borders Books and Music (May 1992 to August 2001). As an employee of the first Borders store to offer music, Ray had an active voice in setting companywide music policy and helped train Borders Music Managers across the United States. As the company expanded their operations in Texas, Ray helped set up Texas Artists Music sections in Austin, Dallas and Houston area stores.

Ray began his career in the music business in junior high school stocking 8-Tracks in his cousin's record store. He spent several years working in a variety of record stores, including Fantasia Records, Sound Warehouse and Sound Future. At Dallas independent label Carpe Diem Records, Ray worked in both CD sales and merchandising for Dallas favorites Course of Empire and Pop Poppins. He has taken the Rhino Records RMAT (Rhino Musical Aptitude Test - a music trivia quiz) each of the six times it was offered, both online and in person and consistently places 5th.

Ray and his wife, Sahar Arafat-Ray are co-owners of the Plaza Theater in Vernon, an Art Moderne-style movie theater built in 1953 that exhibits both current and classic films and Fred’s Corner Grill, the town’s oldest restaurant, established in 1961 . He is also on the board of the city’s Jack Teagarden Museum.