Ray's masonry expertise expands over 60 years. He started in the industry at Belden Brick at the age of 15 while in high school, driving lift trucks and piecework on the weekends. At the age of 18, Ray was drafted to the service, where he spent the next two years. After serving, he rejoined Belden where he climbed the ladder and ended up in sales. In 1993, he joined Glen-Gery as the Vice President of Sales, where he stayed until 2007. From then on, he served as a consultant for a number of manufacturers.