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Ray Ferrara’s Gift to Muma College of Business

By Jamie Boyle

Ray Ferrara

ST. PETERSBURG (December 4, 2020) -- We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Barron’s in Education Program from Dow Jones which will provide Muma College of Business students, faculty and staff complimentary 24/7 digital content from Barron’s. We are truly grateful to Mr. Ray Ferrara, CEO, ProVise Management Group, LLC for his generous support of $25,000 for the 2-year subscription. Ferrara has been recognized as a top advisor by Barron’s for many years. He is also a member of the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance Dean’s Advisory Board.  Ferrara expressed his concern about the lack of financial literacy that exists in this country, “anytime that I see an opportunity that can help people become more financially aware, it not only helps that individual, but it helps all of the people they then interact with.” Barron’s has a wealth of knowledge to share with those in higher education and Ferrara feels this resource is a great way to share that.

Ferrara is a Certified Financial Planner, he served on the Board of Directors for the CFP Board of Standards, Inc. and was Chair of the Board in 2014. Ray also served on the Board of Directors for the Financial Planning Association (FPA), National Advisor’s Trust Company (NATC), and as a Board observer for National Financial Partners, Inc. as well as numerous community boards. As an expert in the finance industry Ferrara feels strongly about what this subscription will bring to the Muma College of Business, “You do not get a better source of financial information in America than from an organization like Barron’s, a well-respected source that presents all viewpoints, whether you’re just looking at it from a personal side, or whether you’re looking at it for a research paper for your doctoral paper.” Those that take advantage of this subscription will find this resource incredibly helpful, whether they are a student, staff, or a faculty member.

Tiedemann-Cotton Dean, Sri Sundaram expressed his gratitude to Ferrara, “Ray is a leader in the community and a big supporter of the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance.  His commitment to “financial literacy” comes from his significant experience in the industry and seeing a need to educate everyone on financial matters.  I appreciate him providing this valuable resource to all of our students, faculty and staff.” Lynn Pippenger Dean of the Muma College of Business, Moez Limayem, echoed those remarks, “This donation goes beyond a monetary contribution, and Ray is providing the Muma students with a vault of precious knowledge by giving them access to valuable articles on current events in the financial markets.  We are very grateful to Ray for allowing us to bridge the gap between theory and practice for our students.”