About

Ray Hightower

Raymond T. Hightower founded and ran a technology company, WisdomGroup, for twenty-one years before selling the company to 8th Light in 2016. Today, Hightower serves as Director of Sales at 8th Light.

Ray Hightower is a software developer, organizer of ChicagoRuby, and creator of several technology conferences, including WindyCityRails. He travels the world speaking on technology and business growth. Hightower is a perpetual student, currently exploring parallelism and the Internet of Things.

Early in his career, Hightower worked in software development for Hewlett Packard, technical sales for IBM, and commercial real estate for Marcus & Millichap. He studied Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed his BS in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Hightower is a scuba diver, marathon runner, skier, aspiring piano player, Eagle Scout, Assistant Scoutmaster, and world traveler. He has visited every state in the USA and most continents on planet Earth.

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