Ray prides himself on finding solutions and building longstanding relationships. Ray grew up in a small New England town in Connecticut primarily rooted in blue-collar work ethics focused on family and relationships. Ray put his focus and determination to work along with his passion for basketball reaching the 1,000 point plateau in just two years and becoming an All State player his senior year in high-school. Ray went on as a freshman to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD where he still holds several of the freshman scoring records today. Having received a scholarship and having a chance to be closer to home Ray finished his b-ball career at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield CT, “it was the right thing to do for me”. Today the foundation bearing his family name, gives back to his boyhood hometown; with a mission of helping children in need, (discover more by visiting Zukowskifamilyfoundation.org)
In sports one hears of “Player-Coach”; Ray was more like a “Player GM.” Prior to joining Ennoble Venture Partners Ray was the Senior Vice President of Customer Experience for N.E.W. Customer Service Companies, Inc. in Sterling, Virginia. He led the company in building a world class customer experience team; growing from 1 technical solution center with 400 associates to more than 10 solution centers with 6,500 associates. Under his leadership and guidance N.E.W. achieved and received the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates award for four consecutive years.
Ray was presented the John F. Welch Leadership award in 2012, and serves on the visitor’s board for The Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield CT. Ray has also served as the Chairperson for The Living Legacy Foundation, and was Honorary Chairman for Special Olympics including a seat at the world games held in Shanghai in 2007
Ray currently lives in Florida, with his wife Cheryl.
Ray’s prior experience includes:
APAC (SVP Operations)
NEW (SVP of Operations)
Ennoble Venture Partners (Founder)