Ray began his business career in 1970 when he joined Enjay Chemical, a subsidiary of the Esso Chemical Company (which later became Exxon Chemical). During his 31 year career with Exxon, Ray traveled the world and held many different positions within sales management and
marketing. He retired from Exxon in 2001 and currently resides in Houston, TX.
Ray’s childhood roots began with modest beginnings on a farm in Berwick, Maine. When he was five years old, his family moved to Somersworth, New Hampshire, where Ray had his first introduction into the energy industry. Ray’s father purchased and sold a Shell gas station and later owned and operated an auto repair shop that sold Richfield gasoline. While his father worked tirelessly in the auto garage, Ray balanced assisting his father and focusing on his studies for the ultimate goal to become the first family member to attend college.
Ray began his post secondary education at the University of New Hampshire and obtained a BA in Chemistry in 1963. He then attended Harvard University and achieved his MAT designation in 1964 and subsequently taught chemistry for two years at Manhassett High School in Long Island, NY. Ray concluded his post graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin with a MS in Organic Chemistry in 1968 and a MBA in Marketing in 1970.
In retirement, it didn’t take long for Ray to reinvent himself and focus his efforts on his true passion: education and teaching. He formed the company, Lubrication Training and Consulting (LTC), which has become the preeminent training for certification within the lubrication industry. Ray has trained hundreds of students worldwide and who subsequently have achieved the highly coveted Certified Lubricant Specialist (CLS) designation.
In October 2015, Ray was diagnosed with ALS. While this disease has curtailed his worldwide travel, it hasn’t diminished his passion and spirit. Ray continues his consulting practice and is still deeply committed to his students’ education. When he isn’t teaching, he enjoys traveling to the California wine country with his wife and spending time with his two children and five grandchildren in Houston. With a lifelong passion for education and teaching, Ray is bringing awareness to the fight against ALS through support of the MDA, ALS Association and the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute’s MDA/ALS Research Center.