Commitment to Family
The people. The character. The network. These are some of the reasons Colby-Sawyer College holds a special place in Collin Bray’s ’06 heart. Bray also fondly remembers wonderful mentors he had while he was here, including Teresa Gallagher (Mama T.), Coach Bill Foti and Ed Winters. He said, “Close your eyes, look back into the past and remember your time on campus. Which professor, coach, employee had an impact on your life? If they were a mentor to you as a student, they cared. Giving back is our chance as alumni to do the same and show CSC we care.”
And giving back is exactly what Bray is doing now as he serves on the Board of Trustees at Colby-Sawyer. He said, “The board is made up of 27 sharp individuals, all committed to the college in a variety of ways. Strategy is key. We make decisions that positively impact the college 5 or 10 years from now.”
Bray has also included Colby-Sawyer in his estate planning. He said, “Setting the example is important. It is essential that everyone creates an estate plan. An estate plan is a symbol to show you care about life being in order even when you can’t control it. To me, planned giving means ‘CSC, you have my word.’ My philosophy on life is you get back what you give. I want my family to be proud. If that happens, my heart is full.”
Bray’s commitment to CSC is only matched by his dedication to his family. Following in his grandmother’s (Jean Lovett ’45) footsteps in graduating from Colby-Sawyer, Bray then went into his family’s real estate business, joining his father and brother in the business. Currently in the top 1% of Century 21 agents worldwide, Bray enjoys being part of the company that started in 1978. He said, “Family means encouragement, tough love, real love, connection and celebration. I enjoy real estate. My father, Doug, and brother, Jordan, are my business partners. CSC helped me create an accountability framework. When I graduated, I had the tools to strive for the best version of myself.”
Bray enjoys the real estate business and learning the history of each home. He enjoys the problem solving involved and the art of the story for each property.
Bray resides in Boston and is currently renovating his new home. He also serves on the board of his high school alma mater, New Hampton School, and the board of Easter Seals of Massachusetts. He still loves playing and watching basketball any chance he gets. Bray usually makes it back to campus about three times a year.