Barbara Ray, Co-Founder, Notary2Pro
February 10, 1967 – April 26, 2023
Barbara Ray was the co-founder of Notary2Pro and the eldest daughter of Carol and Bill Ray. Following Carol’s retirement from her successful career as an escrow officer, she took some time to travel with her husband before starting her own Notary Business. When Carol noticed the opportunity to share her knowledge and help people struggling to make additional income, she began instructional home videos for notaries looking for further training as loan signing agents.
While Carol offered the loan signing agent industry excellent training in a video format, Barbara was instrumental in transforming those videos into a comprehensive course that would come to be known as Notary2Pro. Carol was confident that Barbara could build the loan signing agent training course through her extensive graphics knowledge. Barbara and Carol partnered for over 12 years to create, develop and maintain Notary2Pro. Through their initial efforts, Notary2Pro has become the most successful and respected loan signing agent course in the United States.
Barbara remembers Carol as a woman who loved to laugh and tell jokes. As a business partner, Barbara recalls Carol as a great mentor, always genuinely loving and caring for all her students and graduates. She admired how much joy the success of Notary2Pro students brought to Carol. Barbara recalled in 2022, “When creating the Notary2Pro course, we knew it was something new and necessary, but we didn’t know the impact it would have on the students and the industry. Looking back, and even now, we didn’t know how big Notary2Pro would become. My mom was a mentor to many, and she loved all her students/graduates, and their successes gave her so much joy. I am so proud to have created this course with my mom and to continue her legacy. “
Beyond her roles with Notary2Pro, Barbara was passionately creative. She owned her own business, “Everything Else Marketing,” and was an early website designer. When not working, she enjoyed creating greeting cards and websites when she is not working or researching.
Barbara was a trained historian with a bachelor’s degree from Long Beach State University, majoring in U.S. History and minoring in American Indian Studies. She became a certified expert in genealogy, obtaining a Certificate in the ProGen Study Groups Program and a certificate in Guide to Documentation and Source Citation and American Genealogical Studies. Barbara used her skills to investigate her own family history, tracing the family history to immigrants to the Americas in the early 1600s.
Often humble about her own accomplishments, Barbara’s work in marketing and promoting Notary2Pro and helping with the design of the course and websites was instrumental in the early growth of the company. She has left a lasting imprint on Notary2Pro and the more than 14,000 students who have been trained by the company.