8 Questions with Ramon Ray

by Brandon Steiner November 08, 2015 0 Comments

Got introduced to a man with a powerful mind- a young entrepreneur by the name of Ramon Ray. Ramon's official "title" is "small business success evangelist." What does that translate to? He's a best-selling author that understands the tools/technology in the marketplace that can help make a significant impact on any business. He also launched Smart Hustle Magazine.

I had a chance to speak with Ramon recently. If you own a business, want to own a business, or just want to take ownership of your current job, I suggest you take the two minutes to read.



Brandon Steiner: Define hustle.

Ramon Ray: Not stopping, always moving, being SMART!

BS: What are the top two things someone will get out of reading Smart Hustle Magazine.

RR: Inspiration - stories of entrepreneurs and tips and advice for growing their own hustle.

BS: Social media is powerful and your most recent book, The Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing, is an Amazon best-seller. Why did you write this book?

RR: The real reason is that Wiley asked me to? But if you mean like, "I wrote it so people could use Facebook better..." then that's a cool answer too! But overall, even though a bit dated, the book is a beginner's guide to using Facebook. 

BS: Where did you find your passion for small business?

RR: Not so sure - I've started a few businesses - but not sure where that thirst came from.....I think some people have it and some don't.

BS: You spoke with President Barack Obama during his first live Google Hangout. What was that like?

RR: Nervous and an honor - heck he's the PRESIDENT - pretty cool feeling and more special that out of 300,000 people - I was selected.

BS: Who are your mentors?

RR: In business - my mentors (from a distance) - are Seth Godin and Gary Vaynerchuk. Others include several business owners in the Small Giant's community. Also a big thanks to my high school principle Terry Harris and my father.

BS: How has the TV show Shark Tank changed entrepreneurism?

RR: It's given Entrepreneurship a FACE - saying - it's ok to strike out on your own.

BS: What’s next for you?

RR: TV show and my 4th book.

BS: Thank you, Ramon.

Brandon Steiner
Brandon Steiner


Brandon Steiner is the founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, the largest company of its kind in America. Considered a sports marketing guru, Brandon is a permanent fixture in the media as a regular on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM and as host of "The Hook-Up with Brandon Steiner" on YES Network. He has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and in newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The author of The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports and You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire, Brandon lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara and children Crosby and Nicole.

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