NSME Akron/Canton - May 11, 2021 Luncheon

 “Leadership in Times of Crisis” by Ray Hexamer, President/CEO, Stark Economic Development Board


The last year and a half have been extremely challenging, requiring unique perspectives and leadership to address the times. See how the Stark Economic Development Board has learned to adapt, pivot, and overcome. 

Ray Hexamer


  • Lead to Grow the Economy
  • Lead to Grow A Community
  • Lead through A Challenge
  • Lead Together



Ray Hexamer Bio

President, Stark Economic Development Board

Ray is the President/CEO of the Stark Economic Development Board, a non-profit economic development organization that has a mission of expanding and attracting business in Stark County.

Prior to leading SEDB, Ray was the CEO of First Communications in Akron. Ray and his team grew First Communications from $32 million to over $200 million in sales and from 80 to 380 employees with customers in all 50 states. During that time, Ray was responsible for leading his team in the integration of 9 acquisitions and involved in fundraising over $300 million of capital. In 2014 Hexamer helped finalize the sale of First Communications to Zayo and Canal Pointe Capital for $159 million.

Prior to First Communications, Ray spent 23 years at WHBC Radio starting as a “part-time temporary announcer” and ending his time there as the President of the Company. He helped lead a $43.5 million sale of WHBC for its shareholders in 2002.

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