In June 2007, Mr. Bray retired from the Virginia Port Authority after 39 years of service and in September 2007, accepted the position of Senior Advisor with Kaufman & Canoles Consulting, LLC.
Mr. Bray served as law clerk to the Virginia Supreme Court and as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Portsmouth prior to joining the Virginia Port Authority as its General Counsel in 1967. In May of 1978, Mr. Bray was appointed Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority.
Mr. Bray served on the Board of Directors of Virginia International Terminals, Incorporated (VIT), Virginia Coal Research Development Advisory Board, President of the South Atlantic and Caribbean Ports Association, Greater Norfolk Corporation Board of Directors, Town Point Club Board of Governors, Old Dominion University Maritime Advisory Council, and Hampton Roads Partnership Board of Directors where he served as a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Bray is the past chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Hampden-Sydney College.
Throughout his 39-year career with the Virginia Port Authority, Mr. Bray had received the following awards:
1990 Hampton Roads Foreign Commerce Club (HRFCC) Commerce Builder Award
1996 Distinguished Service Award from the Hampton Roads Maritime Association (HRMA) Recognized as Mr. Hampton Roads
1992 Honored by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (C&II) and inducted in the Institutes Hall of Fame
1999 Received Connie Award from the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (C&II)
1998 Presented with the Bronze de Fleury Medal the first Congressional medal struck by the District Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in honor of Mr. Brays contributions to the Corps
1999 Received the Patrick Henry Award, presented by Hampden-Sydney College, in honor of distinguished service to the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia
2006 Named by Virginia Business magazine as one of the top 20 industry leaders
in Virginia who have had a transforming effect on their industry or their regional economy
2006 The Virginia Port Authority was chosen by Containerisation International magazine as the Port Authority of the Year among ports throughout the world. The Virginia Port Authority was the only North American nominee; the other four port authorities under consideration were the Port of Antwerp, Dubai Ports Authority, The Government of Hong Kong Marine Department, and the Ningbo (China) Port Authority.
2007 Inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held at the United Nations in New York City. The Hall of Fame is considered the maritime industrys highest lifetime achievement award.
Received AAPA Distinguished Service Award
Recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for maritime excellence at the Virginia Conference on World Trade
Mr. Bray was reared in Portsmouth, Virginia and graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.