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raykniphuisenA former submariner, Ray started his career as a US Navy nuclear operator and nuclear prototype instructor. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from The New School, a Master of Science degree in Management from Albertus Magnus College, and a Master of Art in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. Most recently, Ray has been engaged in implementing Strategic Performance Management into the fabric of organizations as a Partner at Excelerated Leadership Partners. His dynamic and engaging approach results in significant and sustained organization improvements.

Previously, Ray designed and implemented the senior leader program for Dominion Resources. He also led the leadership development staff for the nuclear business unit providing leadership and organization development programs, as well as executive coaching for Dominion Resources nuclear fleet of four generating stations. Ray has consulted with the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads in the design and implementation of the EMS Leadership Challenge. He was Senior Reactor Operator certified and his technical experiences include training nuclear operators in the Navy and then at commercial power stations, as well as planning and executing refueling outages. Additionally, Ray was an adjunct faculty with Albertus Magnus College and taught Human Resources Management, Leadership, Management, Organizational Development, Strategic Management & Change Strategy. He was also a U.S. Coast Guard Reservist serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kingdom of Bahrain as well as a Leadership and Management Instructor while assigned to the Coast Guard Academy. Ray is an accomplished facilitator and has led leader development sessions in the areas of strategic planning, MBTI, ethics, conflict management, emotional intelligence, change management, personal development, and more.

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