Ray Ackerman was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Oklahoma City after serving as a carrier fighter pilot in the United States Navy. He spent a total of 35 years active and reserve duty in the United States Naval Reserve, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral.
Mr. Ackerman helped build his business from $250,000 in billings in 1954 to
billings of $225 million in 1999. Ackerman McQueen is ranked in the top 2%
in size of all advertising agencies in the U.S.
Ray has a long history of public service in Oklahoma city and strongly
promotes the concept of "pro bono" work for the emerging leaders of today and
tomorrow. Mr. Ackerman has been recognized many times over the years for his
contribution to the community, his industry and business in general. His
recent recognition at the Academy of Achievement is one more acknowledgment
of a man that continues to contribute, both professionally and personally.
Ray is presently writing a book about his life in tandem with The Oklahoma
Favorite quote: "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country." --President John F. Kennedy.