CEO and Co-Founder
After graduating from high school and serving in the United States Marine Corp, Ray began his career as an ironworker. While in the Marine Corp., Ray served as a corporal in Japan and was a member of the atomic testing unit in Nevada. Although semi-retired, Ray plays an active roll in J.D. Steel's business and serves as a part-time consultant to other steel companies who specialize in field erection across the nation.
President and Executive Director
In 1979, Cary became an apprentice ironworker for J.D. Steel. Starting his life-long career as a journeyman, he earned his current position as president in 1999. Considered a boomer throughout most of his career, Cary has installed every type of concrete reinforcement throughout the U.S.
His competitive nature and determination have helped build J.D. Steel into one of the largest, most sought-after reinforcing companies in the country. Since his appointment as President, Cary has continuously taken a proactive approach to company growth by spearheading the design and construction of two new state-of-the-art fabrication plants, in Palmer, AK and Polo, Mo. Cary sets his goals high and leads by example.
Cary is a strong safety advocate and believes no one can be over trained on safety guidelines and precautions. He is dedicated to advancing and raising the safety and training standards in his industry. Cary is proud to have served on the Labor Management Board for the past four years.
Executive Vice President
J.D Steel’s Executive Vice President began his career as an iron-worker in the spring of 1981 where he worked as an apprentice Rodman on a large coal fired power facility in northern Arizona. Gary moved through the ranks while working on various projects and holding a variety of positions. He formatted the J.D. Steel Foreman’s Training Manual in 1994 and played an instrumental role in developing J.D. Steel’s first Foreman Training Program in 1995. Gary was appointed to the position of Contract Administrator and Corporate Safety Manager in 1997 and helped achieve one of the best safety records in our company’s history. In 1998 Gary started the first J.D. Steel Apprenticeship Program which was certified by the Governor’s Counsel in February, 1999 and wrote the first company news-letter that went to print in April of 1999. In December of that same year, Gary was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President and continues to promote the J.D. Steel Company culture by following the same philosophy of hard work, honesty and integrity that has served our company so well.