- By hiring people with developmental disabilities, our business partners are leading a powerful force for change in the communities we serve.
- Our clients create a more positive workplace environment and culture, exceed performance standards and are people you can count on.
- Our results are AMAZING and the shared vision of business and social value is a true "double bottom-line".
- Our programs such as job training, counseling and community living promote independence and transform lives.
- At Hope we see ABILITY, not disability.
The Board of Directors of Hope Services has announced the appointment of Ray Smith as President/CEO.
"As Silicon Valley's leading provider of job creation for people with developmental disabilities, we are pleased that Ray is joining Hope at this most exciting time," said Gene Sinclair, board chair and interim CEO. "Ray's corporate experience, coupled with his commitment to the community is a great fit for Hope's strategic vision of social enterprise and client advocacy.
Under Ray's leadership, we can inspire companies to create a diverse and inclusive work environment and help people with disabilities build rewarding careers."
"I look forward to meeting with all of our constituents and the community at large," said Ray. "I intend to listen, learn and expand opportunities. I believe that broadening the workforce through the employment of people with disabilities makes good business sense and adds value to everyone involved."
Ray was most recently managing director for Kantola Productions, maker of business videos, and CEO for Ensenda, a privately held third-party logistics company focused on providing software as a service to help manage last-mile logistics. He was CEO for Fritz Companies, one of the largest publicly-traded global logistics companies in the world with over 400 offices located in 115 countries. Ray spent 14 years at GE Capital and six years at Ford Motor Company. He completed GE's management development and financial management programs
Ray also has a successful history with non-profits. He served on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club for 10 years and founded a youth program in San Mateo County. He spearheaded community outreach efforts through direct financial support and involvement with Meals on Wheels, Saint Anthony's Dining Hall and other community programs.
Ray holds an MBA from Emory University and a BA with distinction from the University of Nebraska in Psychology with concentration in Social Psychology. Ray took the helm in late July and replaces John Christensen who retired in May.
Please join us in welcoming Ray to the Hope community!
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