REYNOLDS, Ga., April 2, 2003 — Flint Energies President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joe B. Cade announced that Georgia Assistant Secretary of State Robert (Bob) Ray, Jr., of Perry, has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the electric membership cooperative.
Ray will be a direct report to Cade and will be responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of seven Vice Presidents at Flint. He will begin work May 1.
Ray became Assistant Secretary of State in 1999. A native of Fort Valley, Ray is the former legislative director of the Georgia Farm Bureau Association, where he served from 1989 to 1995. Prior to accepting his position as Assistant Secretary of State, Ray managed a diversified Peach County family farm operation and served as president and owner of Mitochondria, Inc., a corporation dedicated to various agriculture-related endeavors. He also worked as a corporate lending officer with NCNB National Bank (now Bank of America) from 1987 to 1989.
In his current position as Assistant Secretary of State, Ray oversees the daily operations of the Secretary of State’s office, which includes the Administrative division, the Archives and History division, the Corporations division, the Elections division, the Examining Boards division, the Securities and Business Regulation division and the South Georgia satellite office in Tifton. His responsibilities include management of a $30 million budget and 12 administrative managers who serve 375 employees.
“Flint Energies is extremely happy to have Bob Ray join us,” said Cade. “Everyone who knows Bob comments on his professionalism and integrity. Our cooperative is fortunate to secure his competence and capabilities.”
Ray graduated magna cum laude from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia in 1987 with a BBA in Finance, and has been recognized by the university as the Blue Key Young Alumni of the Year. He was a member of the 1998 class of Leadership Georgia and serves on the boards of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association and the Crawford County Farm Bureau. He is also active in numerous civic and industry associations. Ray and his wife Karen have two children, Caroline and Robert, III. They are members of First Baptist Church of Perry.
A strong financial manager and communicator, Ray has authored a number of publications including Tax Incentives for the Georgia Landowner (1993), Fundamentals of Appealing Property Tax Assessments (1993) and How Agricultural & Forest Property and Improvements are Valued for County Ad Valorem Taxes in Georgia (1992). Ray also authored a monthly column in the Georgia Farm Bureau News from 1993 to 1995.
Flint Energies, incorporated in 1937, is a member-owned electric membership cooperative that provides dependable electric services to residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in parts of 17 central Georgia counties. Two hundred and twenty Flint Energies’ employees serve more than 243,000 Georgians through more than 69,300 meters, 5,600 miles of distribution line, and six strategic locations, including the Fort Benning Army Post. The counties served by Flint are: Bibb, Chattahoochee, Crawford, Dooly, Harris, Houston, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Muscogee, Peach, Schley, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Twiggs, and Upson.