Ray York, native to Eau Claire County, joined the SCEDC as an Entrepreneurship Specialist in 2018. His position is part of a collaboration with the Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay, and he will be working in coordination with the SBDC as a business counselor. In addition to his position at the SCEDC and SBDC, Ray is President of York Estates, Inc, which has owned The Rochester Inn in Sheboygan Falls since 2016.
Ray earned an Associate’s degree in Geographic Information Systems from Chippewa Valley Technical College, while also working full-time as a butcher & intern at C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. While living in Dallas, TX and later Milwaukee, WI, Ray began working on his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree through Lakeland University’s BlendEd program, graduating in 2006. After graduating from Lakeland University, Ray accepted a position in transportation sales and large account management at C.H. Robinson. For fun, Ray moonlighted as a beer vendor at Miller Park during Milwaukee Brewer games.
After leaving C.H. Robinson, Ray spent four years raising his two children, Milla and Flynn, and dog, Mikey, that he shares with his wife, Kelly. Ray enjoys bowling, hiking, camping, canoeing, cooking, anime, and traveling.
Ray currently serves on the board of directors for the Sheboygan Falls Chamber Main Street, participating on the Economic Development Committee, and working as the Tourism Liaison for the Tourism Committee.