Ray was born in the borough of Manhattan in NYC, grew up in New Jersey and attended college at the University of Dayton in Ohio where he attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and an emphasis in Marketing. He started his business career in the food industry and worked with Borden Foods. In 1980, Ray moved his family to Idaho working for Ore-Ida Foods. During his 17 years with them he was responsible for everything from new product rollouts, to creating sales generation campaigns, to building brands in the military commissary system, to export sales to Asia. When Ore-Ida moved to Pittsburgh, he was determined to stay in Boise and became president of Murie Design, a graphic design firm that worked closely with Hewlett-Packard. Ray is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Flagship Food Group, a $300M private equity company focused in the food space and is responsible for strategic direction, new product development and runs their third-party packaging business.