Ray Wolf

Occupation: CEO & Founder, Green Integrated Services

First Car: 1968 Ford F100 Pickup

Favorite Restaurant:  Roaring Fork - Austin, Texas.... no one beats their tortilla soup and fish tacos!

What are three things most people don't know about you?

a). Under the Regan Administration I designed part of the space defense initiative and had my design tested in the Space Shuttle.  Anything is possible!!! 

b). I lived in Madrid and worked for Iberia Airlines where I was responsible for overseeing their commercial aircraft Jet Engine maintenance. 

c.) I met my wife, Robin at the American Airlines baggage carousel in San Jose, California. The ironic thing was that I never check a bag.... some things were meant to be.

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Raising five great kids… and my wild ride merging and turning around three money losing businesses over a 13 month period to create one of the most successful global businesses within United Technologies.

What's your best childhood memory?

Stripe Bass fishing with my Dad at the Port Jefferson, NY power generation plant.... followed closely by turning a double play single handed.

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

My Grandmother… she was one of the sharpest people I ever knew ... a perfect blend of intelligence and street smarts.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Boating on Lake Travis, Texas.  Nothing beats a day of water skiing followed by a bottle of champagne while watching the sunset with my wife.  Everyday on the lake is like a vacation.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper and Cecil Murphey .  For pleasure… anything written by Tom Clancy.

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

Egypt and Uruguay ... thinking of working and living in South America.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

Local YMCA to promote youth sports.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

Probably running a wine business.  I always wanted to introduce the Dell business model to the industry ... unfortunately Cameron Hughes beat me to it!  The movie “A Good Year” is my favorite.... going to make it happen post services career.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

I realized early on in my career that even the best technologies and products only brought value when aligned with business outcomes.  Professional Services is the Rosetta Stone that does exactly that.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Borrow rather than invent - look outside the industry for best practices and adapt them to PS.