February 1, 1970 –
Jeff Bray was born in 1970 in Amelia, Ohio to Jane Bray, a home economics teacher
and Frank Bray, an award-winning salesman for the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Being born into the sewing world, it was natural that he would find his passion and calling in the sewing industry. At 16 years old, Jeff started pushing a broom and fixing sewing machines at his father's dealership in New Jersey. Even at that young age, he was bitten by the sewing bug. For a summer job, he would travel throughout New Jersey fixing sewing machines in local schools.
After graduating from the University of Dayton in 1992 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, he took a job with Singer Sewing Machines as District Sales Manager for
the New York metropolitan area. In 1995, Jeff was transferred to Nashville as their mid-south Regional Manager. He was offered a promotion to head the entire Dealer Division for Singer in 1997, becoming the youngest Senior Executive in sewing history.
Never one to shy away from adventure, Jeff left his position, moved to Ireland,
married his Irish sweetheart Amanda, but quickly found he was missing the sewing industry. Upon moving back to the U.S., Jeff started a family and a new business. Concentrating on the sales of sewing machines and vacuums, he became a Brother, Singer, Janome, and Tacony dealer, and in the ensuing 10 years sold over 200,000 sewing machines.
In 2013 when Jeff was offered an opportunity to join the Dealer Division at Brother, he jumped at the chance. He is proud to now lead the Brother Dealer Division with the most innovative products, creative marketing, and the best sales team in the country. His love for this industry is reflected in his positive attitude, his desire for dealers to succeed and grow, and his gratefulness to be part of a team that's taking sewing to the next level. For all of his accomplishments, he is most proud of being a good father, loving husband, and loyal friend.
2017 VDTA-SDTA Hall of Fame Inductee