In his current position, Ray focuses on expanding and strengthening sources of supply by securing new partners, as well as maintaining and nurturing relations with Oppy’s extensive supply base. Thanks to the international purview of his position, he also helps drive category growth through a collaborative approach that involves working closely with Oppy’s grower relations teams in the U.S., Mexico, Chile, Peru and other partners in global markets.
Ray has nearly three decades of produce sales, marketing and quality control experience, having worked for Jac. Vandenberg Inc. in Yonkers, New York, and Produce Services of America Inc. in both Gloucester City, New Jersey, and in San Diego, California. He was also an owner/partner of Plum Krazy Ranch, a family-owned plum and olive grower, packer-shipper in Woodlake, California. Ray came to Oppy in late 2002 as a sales representative in our Los Angeles office. He moved to Santiago in late 2003 to take on the role of office manager, overseeing our South American supply lines.
Ray holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agri-business from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo.