The Pioneer Award

Ray Robinson is the Chairman of the Board of Citizens Trust Bank since May 2003, which is the sixth largest African-American Bank in the nation. He has been the Vice Chairman of East Lake Community Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia since November 2003. He is also the President Emeritus of the East Lake Golf Club. Mr. Robinson retired in 2003 from AT&T where he had a distinguished 35 year career.

He joined AT&T in 1968 where he began as a communication technician installing long distance circuits. Since then he has held numerous management positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, sales, operations, corporate relations, and regulatory affairs in Albuquerque, Portland, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Colorado Springs and several locations in New Jersey.

Mr. Robinson held several senior management roles in the Atlanta metro area including President and CEO at AT&T Tridom; President of AT&T's Southern Region; Vice President-Operations for Business Customer Care; Service Vice President of AT&T Outbound Services; and Access Vice President for the Southern/Southwestern Regions.

Mr. Robinson serves on the board of directors for American Airlines, Avnet Inc., Acuity Brands Inc., Citizens Trust Bank, Choice Point, and Aaron Rents. He is also a board member of the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Commerce Club, the Atlanta Tribune Editorial Advisory Board, the Georgia Aquarium, and the famed Woodruff Arts Center of Atlanta.

He is trustee of Meharry Medical College, the University of Denver Alumni Association and former trustee of Spelman College. He is also a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the National Black MBA Association.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Mr. Robinson earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Finance and Economics and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Denver. He also receieved an Honorary Doctorate degree in Paine College.