Ray Graves - The Big Easy

Once a month, C Magazine sits down with a prominent Columbus figure to discuss how they spend their time out of the office and between paychecks. This month, meet the owner of Fox Fire and Global Living, Ray Graves.

C Magazine: If you could own your dream business, what would it be and whom from Columbus would you put on your executive board?
Ray Graves: I’d want to run a high-end resort with Jenni of Jenni’s Ice Cream, Ed Razik of Victoria’s Secret, Charles Penzone and Chef Hubert on my board.

C Magazine: Growing up, what are the three greatest things you learned from your parents?
Graves: Hard work, consider other people’s feelings and never fall in love with things. Things don’t really matter, so always fall in love with people.

C Magazine: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Graves: Rude people who wanna assume the worst in others or their actions, and people who are arrogant.

C Magazine: Ever get arrested growing up?
Graves: The man who rows the boat never has time to rock it.

C Magazine: Do you have any quirky routines or habits?
Graves: My life is a constant pursuit of something normal.

C Magazine: What car do you drive and what’s in the CD player?
Graves: Audi A8. Lynard Skynard.

C Magazine: Biggest mistake you ever made was?
Graves: Not learning to play music when I was young.

C Magazine: What kind of couch is in your living room?
Graves: One for comfort, not for looks.

C Magazine:
The measure of a man is his ability to?
Graves: Know what he wants.

C Magazine: What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done?
Graves: Getting lost in the jungle of Costa Rica with John Cooper Jr. wearing only shorts and sandals.

C Magazine: Favorite movie?
Graves: Life is Beautiful, because, for me, it meant a father giving everything he could for his children, and never showing despair or sorrow.