As Director of Renovations & Facilities, Ray is responsible for executing First Hospitality’s renovation program, property improvement plans, and new developments. He also manages the facility and engineering support teams and assists new and existing properties.
Ray has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality and construction industries, directing over $1 billion in governmental, commercial, and residential construction projects throughout his professional career. Prior to joining First Hospitality, he oversaw operations and strategy of the facilities department for Bellagio and executed significant projects for the resort, including a $20 million suite remodel spanning 1,000 rooms and a $12.5 million casino remodel. From 2010 to 2016, Ray held the role of Assistant Director of Facility Operations at Fox Valley Park District, the second-largest park district in Illinois, where he managed all facility maintenance and construction for three community centers totaling over 550,000-square-feet of fitness, aquatic, and educational facilities. In addition to commercial and retail projects, Ray has experience on the residential side with significant developments such as McKinley Gardens Townhomes, a $20 million construction project encompassing eight new buildings. In 2002, he established the construction start-up R and R Builders Corporation where he led the company as Owner and President. Ray holds a B.A. in Marketing from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.
In his free time, Ray enjoys traveling with his wife and 3 sons in their RV, where they spend time hiking and taking in the beautiful sights. Additionally, he likes watching, playing, and coaching sports.
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