Our Team

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President: Bryan Shuel

Growing up with a dad that owned a meat company, one of Bryan’s favorite things to do was to get to go to work with his dad Ray on Sundays. As a young boy Bryan felt lucky getting to make carryout boxes, change sawdust underneath the cutting blocks, sweep floors, take out the trash, and just spend the day with his dad.

At the age of 13 Bryan began the start of his official employment at Ray’s Wholesale Meats. Earning $2.90 an hour he worked on weekend’s holidays, school breaks, and summer vacations in the production facility on the ground beef line stuffing bulk hamburger and running the patty machine. He also learned how to drive forklifts, rotate freezer product, and clean the production facility, until the age of seventeen. From that point he steadily increased his worked hours and was working forty hours per week while still going to high school.  The first fall season after he graduated he learned and worked in the custom retail area of Ray’s cutting and wrapping locker beef.

In January 1987 Ray sold the retail side of the business to the shipping/receiving manager at that time. Bryan then replaced the position as the new manager of shipping and receiving. He worked on the shipping floor for 10 years checking in and unloading trucks, rotating blast and freezer products, pulling orders, loading trucks for delivery and helping customers. He was also learning about purchasing product. In 1995 Bryan married Tracie (Pettijohn) and a couple of years later they started a family with two daughters. In 1999 Bryan was promoted to Plant Manager and continued learning the business. In 2007 Bryan and his wife Tracie bought the company from Ray and Dolores when they retired. Today Bryan is the president of the company.

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Controller: Jack Bixler

Jack started working for Ray’s in 1971 as a meat cutter for 7 years. He then moved to working in the sales department for 5 years, and currently is the controller in the accounting department. Jack’s job includes running financial reports, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and pay roll for all of our employees.  

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General Manager: Jim Laurent

Jim started at Ray’s in 2005 as a director of food service; he worked on putting programs together for the food service side of the business and purchasing department. In 2012 Jim was promoted to general manager. His responsibilities are to report to the president and put his goals and requests into action, as well as overseeing managers of other departments in the company such as sales, production, and shipping/receiving.

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Sales Manager/ Yakima Area Sales Representative: Doug Hay

Doug started working for Ray’s in 1990, in the sales department.  He was promoted and has been our company’s sales manager since 1992.

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Distributor Sales Representitive: Mike Menard

Mike was hired in 1981 and started out in Ray’s production facility at the utility level. He then completed a three year apprenticeship program earning a journeyman meat cutters card. Twelve years later he moved to the sales department covering the Seattle area for ten years. Now for the past twelve years Mike has managed thirty distributors, from Alaska to southern Oregon, and is a part of Ray’s purchasing team. 

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Tri- Cities Representative: Jeff Ashbaugh

Jeff started at Rays in 1986 cleaning up around the plant. He then relocated to the shipping/receiving department, consisting of stocking freezers and pulling product for orders. A few years later Jeff started assembling and learning the routes, and became a full time driver. Then in 1998 he was promoted to being a sales representative for the tri-cities area. Today that route has grown adding the Walla Walla and Hermiston area and along the Columbia to the Dalles.  

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Tri-Cities Sales Representative: Todd Nevand

Todd is one our newest Salesmen to join the Ray's Meats Sales Team in 2018 as a Sales Representative for the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla and Pendleton market areas. Todd brings a background in marketing and many years of experience in food service sales to Ray’s Meats. 

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Wennatchee Sales Representative: Roger Guzman

Roger was hired at Ray’s in 1990. He started out being part of the utility crew in the production facility, and eventually became a journeyman meat cutter. After nine years he moved to shipping and receiving, and delivering locally in town and eventually took over the Basin route. After six years, he applied for a sales position and has been in sales for the last ten years. Today Roger is a sales representative for the Wennatchee, Moses Lake area, and north central Washington.  

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Wenatchee Sales Representative: David Hobbs

David is one of our newest Salesmen to join the Ray’s Meats Sales Team in 2018, working in the Wenatchee market area.  He has a lot of knowledge and comes from a background in the food industry. Ray's Meats is excited to have him be a part of the team. When speaking with David he believes "The good life is sharing great food with great people!” 

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Lower Valley Sales Representative: Sheila Ryan

Sheila started at Rays in 1992 in the production facility running the multi-vac machine and filled in for other areas as needed in the production facility. In 1998 she began working in the office helping customers at the front counter as well as making sales calls when salesman weren’t available and filled in for office personnel. Ten years later in 2008, Sheila took the job as a sales representative in the Lower Valley. Her sales route consists of the entire Lower Yakima Valley area.  

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Ellensburg/ Seattle: Tami Jo Pillow

Tami Jo was hired at Ray’s in 2013 as a sales representative. She covers the Ellensburg, Cle-Elem, Roslyn, Seattle and Easton area supplying our customers with only the best products and service.  

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Spokane Sales Rep: Robert Raciciot

Robert was hired on to the Ray’s Meats Sales Team in 2014. He works with our distributors and has been a big part in promoting Ray’s Meats new breading line, as we have started making in house Chicken fried steak, Chicken Strips and much more! Robert also help’s with securing marketing programs for our company and our customers. 

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Project Manager & Assistant Controller: Carlie Shuel

Carlie started at Ray’s in 2013 working in production, packaging product and filled in where otherwise needed in the production facility. Currently, she is pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Business Management and works full time in our front office while going to school.  In the front office Carlie helps our valued customers, markets our newest products, oversees accounts payable’s/receivables.  She also markets our newest products, and has designed/ updates our company website and social media pages.  

Shipping Manager: Larry Beggs

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Larry began working at Ray’s in 1991 starting out as a route delivery driver for the first 9 years before he assumed his current position as the shipping and receiving manager. He oversees the assembling and loading of products for delivery and also the receiving of products into stock. He is also involved in the purchasing of fresh and frozen products for production and direct sales. 

Production Manager: Rob Belzer

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Rob started at Ray’s Meats in 2016 as our Production Manager. Rob is in charge of the production side of the company. He manages a crew of 25 making sure product is being processed to fill orders for customers.