Raymond Hess

Raymond has lived in the Tampa area since birth, a true Floridian. He started his career in the hospitality/service industry, eventually working at private golf courses, including Heritage Springs Country Club, East Lake Woodlands Country Club, and Cypress Run Golf Club. Returning to school full time at age 25 he quickly earned an Associate in Arts with a focus in psychology from Saint Petersburg College, and also earned the prestigious Outstanding Psychology Student award in 2012. Not long after, he received his Bachelor in Arts in psychology from the University of South Florida in 2014. For his psychology department honors thesis at USF he wrote a qualitative data driven paper on how reasoning and decision making intermingle. In this project he and his faculty mentor went as far as to create a unique categorization system for the various types of reasoning by the respondents. While attending these institutions he was fortunate enough to have learned from great mentors and role models including Professor Richard Werner who was highly influential from the moment he began studying at SPC in 2004 to graduation in 2012, and Dr. Judith Bryant who guided his coursework and activities at USF. She was the faculty mentor who oversaw his honors thesis. Prof. Werner described Raymond as, “…among the best I’ve mentored in my 32 years of teaching experience primarily at the university level.” Raymond recently added coursework in leadership and organizational management and the health sciences to his resume. He is also pursuing his dreams as the owner and editor of the beach oriented publication, SurfingtheGulf.com. He has been the site photographer, videographer, writer, editor, publisher, and owner since its inception.

Contact Raymond: editor@surfingthegulf.com

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