Ray Antonio Lattimore is the founder and president of Marketplace Staffing Services, Inc., a company headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a respected community leader and a dynamic speaker on entrepreneurship, minority enterprises and wealth creation.
Ray Lattimore was born in Greenville, South Carolina. Ray’s grandmother formed a deep and lasting impression on Ray during his childhood. He has two brothers and one sister. All siblings were raised in Nicholtown, a modest Greenville neighborhood.
During his early years and through high school, Ray attended public school and played basketball and baseball. After graduating, Ray was the first member of his family to attend college. After securing a basketball scholarship, he attended Spartanburg Methodist College, where he was captain of the basketball team and received an A.A. in liberal arts. He later won a basketball scholarship to attend Southern Wesleyan University, where he earned a B.A. in business administration. Additionally, Ray won a scholarship from the Greenville Technical College and thus earned two associates degrees in marketing and computer technology from that institution.
After he completed his educational career, Ray worked as a business analyst for the Information Technology department of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Greenville. His 15-year tenure at MetLife included many cutting-edge technology projects and extensive travel as a computer programmer and a member of the company’s strategic marketing team.
In addition to managing wide-reaching projects at MetLife, Ray taught computer science as an adjunct professor of Information Technology at Greenville Technical College. During his time at Greenville Tech as a professor, Ray mentored many underprivileged college students in order to prepare them for the professional workforce. In 1993, Ray started “Marketplace Services,” a small business that prepared the people of his community for successful entry into the corporate workforce. The company held simple but empowering workshops on interviewing skills, how to write resumes and cover letters, dressing for success, and the use of office computer software.
In 1995, Ray Lattimore wrote a momentous business plan that would expand his operations and offer Greenvillians employment opportunities in addition to coaching them. In March of 1996, he became Founder, President and CEO of a new venture – Marketplace Staffing Services. He paid off his bills, refinanced his home and hired his first two employees, whom he paid out of his own salary from MetLife. For over two years, he worked fourteen-hour days as he led Marketplace during the hours before and after his eight-hour day at MetLife. His long hours and personal sacrifices soon resulted in significant benefits for his fast-growing company and its community.
Marketplace Staffing has had offices in Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, and currently services South Carolina. The Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce and other associations have awarded Marketplace numerous honors for its professional and community achievements. 2
Hundreds of Marketplace associates empower corporate clients with professional talent in areas such as light industrial, call center, clerical, accounting and information technology services. Under Ray Lattimore’s leadership, Marketplace has enjoyed a client portfolio that is heavy with Fortune 500 and other large companies. Marketplace has serviced enterprises such as Procter & Gamble, Michelin Tires North America, Verizon Wireless, MCI, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Embassy Suites and Perrigo, the Greenville City Zoo, the Southern Connector, the Greenville Hospital System, and the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Mitsubishi Polyester Film, and Furman University.
In 2013, Marketplace Professional, a division specializing in direct-hire placements and executive search was born. Along with professional recruiting, Marketplace Professional has strategically engaged in partnership with a global total-job fit assessment company, bringing precision and efficiency to clients seeking candidates that are skilled and well-suited for their culture.
As a speaker at various conferences and gatherings, Ray Lattimore is known for sharing practical strategies on how to turn entrepreneurial dreams into successful businesses. An eternal entrepreneur at heart, he also is investigating and pursuing several other business ideas. Ray is also notorious for his longstanding commitment to developing his community through decades of extensive volunteer work and philanthropy in South Carolina.
Dartmouth College – The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Southern Wesleyan University, B. A. Business Administration (Basketball Scholarship)
Spartanburg Methodist College, A.A. Liberal Arts (Basketball Scholarship)
Greenville Technical College, A.A. Computer Technology (Academic Scholarship)
Greenville Technical College,, A.A. Marketing (Academic Scholarship)
Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) Designation
Society for Human Resource Management, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
Leadership Development Training:
Liberty Fellowship Program, June, 2008
Furman University’s Diversity Leadership Academy, Graduate (2007)
Leadership South Carolina, Graduate (1991)
Leadership Greenville Graduate – Class of Twenty-Two (1996)
Phyllis Wheatley Leadership Elect, Graduate
Current Boards, Membership, and Affiliations:
Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce Member
South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Board of Directors
Spartanburg Methodist College Board of Directors
United Way of Greenville Board of Directors (Vice Chairman)
Greenville Technical College Area Commission (Chairman of Finance Committee)
Popular Spring Baptist Church, Member
Greater Greenville Forum, Member
Mu Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. – Life Member
National Minority Development Corporation (NMSDC), Member
Past Boards, Membership, and Affiliations:
Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC), Founding Member & Past Chairman
Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC) Board of Directors
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee
Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Cornerstone Member for 5 years
Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chairman
Greer Chamber of Commerce Member
Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce Member
Bon Secours Saint Francis Hospital System Board of Directors
Better Business Bureau (BBB) Board of Directors
Greenville Transit Authority (GTA) Board of Directors
Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce Advantage Greenville Member
Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Development Committee, Chairman
Greenville Hospital System Foundation, Board of Directors
Greenville Technical College Foundation, Board of Directors
Greenville Technical College Multi-Cultural Advisory Board of Directors, Chairman
Alliance for Quality Education, Board of Directors
United Negro College Fund Upstate SC Campaign, Chairman
Carolina Minority Development Corporation (CMSDC), MBIEC Chair
Southern Wesleyan University Board of Directors
Bank of America Advisory Board
BB&T Regional Advisory Board of Directors
If you wish to contact Ray Lattimore, please contact him at: Marketplace Staffing Services, Inc.
200 Adley Way
Greenville, South Carolina 29607
[email protected] (864) 430-9992 cell
(864) 286-3900 office