Ray joined Anchor in March of 2020, a day or two before lockdown, as Project Coordinator. I recall when I was entering his data into our systems, I asked if ‘Ray’ is his full name and he wrote back that I could call him "Ray Sunshine" if I wanted, so that became our inside joke, and I knew immediately I would enjoy working with him!
When I asked Ray why he likes working at Anchor he replied, “I like the people first of all and I like the job.” I asked him to elaborate on what he likes about his job and he said, “it gives me the opportunity to exercise my organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.”
When he is not at work, Ray enjoys playing racquetball 2-3 times a week! He also enjoys reading and currently focuses on personal and professional development books. Ray grew up in Southern California and spent most of his adult life in Orange County until he moved to Colorado 12 years ago. When I asked if he has any pets at home, he let me know he does not have pets but “I have an Aloe Vera plant and I’ve kept it alive for over 2 years!” His sincerity regarding that accomplishment was quite apparent to me!
Here is some Q & A fun with Ray:
Q: What is your biggest fear?
A: Public speaking or speaking in front of a crowd.
Q: Tell us something we don’t know about you!
A: I have done about 1700 sky dives and 5 base jumps.
Q: You mentioned you like to read. Do you have a favorite Author?
A: There are so many. The one who has had the most impact recently is Eckhart Tolle.
Q: What is your favorite animal?
A: I like cats and dogs, but I am more of a cat person.
Q: Do you have a favorite movie or TV series?
A: My favorite movie is Blade Runner, the theatrical release. You have to make sure you say theatrical because there were two releases.
Q: What is the best concert you have ever seen?
A: Pink Floyd in Long Beach. It was around 1990.
Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: Green chili salsa. I like to put it on rice or beans. Really any bland carbohydrate I like to top it with salsa.