Visionary, Strategic, and People First: Chairman, CEO & President Ray Chambers to retire after 19 years at Muncie Power
“One of his favorite axioms is ‘The company with the best people will always win.’ And, he truly believes Muncie Power Products has the best people in the industry.”
Doug Sullivent, senior executive director of operations, shared when speaking of Chairman, CEO and President Ray Chambers.
Ray, who will retire on April 1, is Muncie Power’s fifth CEO in its 87-year history.
While Ray began his employment with Muncie Power Products in 2004 as the vice president of the Tulsa, Oklahoma division, he’s been in and around the industry for some time.
Before he started his tenure at Muncie Power as vice president of manufacturing in 2004, he began his career as a machinist. Over the course of 16 years, Ray held positions such as foreman, general foreman, and plant superintendent.
In 2009, just five years after coming to Muncie Power, Ray was elected chief operating officer. Three years later, in 2012, he became chairman and CEO.
Scott Huntsman, senior executive director of sales and marketing, thinks of Ray as a “truly transformative leader for Muncie Power” who connected the important parts of our company’s history with significant changes needed to secure the future.
His visionary and strategic thinking has been instrumental in Muncie Power’s continued success, according to Chief Financial Officer Kathy White.
“He has led our company through some difficult, economic times and also through some incredible growth periods,” Kathy said.
It’s clear that Ray has had a vision of how he saw the company moving forward.
“He established new organizational capabilities and strengths that will serve Muncie Power well for many years to come,” Scott said.
One of the strengths he established is our people first culture.
“His dedication to our people is something I greatly admire,” Kathy said.
Since 2012, Ray has had an emphasis on putting the people of Muncie Power first, and encouraging his team to live the people first culture.
Doug regards Ray’s influence on our culture as “the foundation of who we are and who we will continue to be.”
This people first philosophy is something people feel he lives and embodies every day.
“Our focus on people and their potential was a defining characteristic of our team that could live on for the life of our company,” Ray said. “Everything we did or will ever do depended on our people.”
Ray truly believes that the people of Muncie Power are special, even if he does believe it’s bias to say.
“I was fortunate to work with so many good people who wanted to do a good job and have meaning at work. People that wanted to contribute in ways they knew they could and ways they were willing to learn,” Ray said.
When it comes down to it, Ray is grateful for his 19 years at Muncie Power, and sees a positive future for the company.
“There’s really no limit to where this company can go, Ray said. “It has everything it needs to be successful.”
From all of us at Muncie Power, thank you for your devoted leadership, and your belief in the company and in all of us.