Ray Schiavone is managing partner of Ranch View Technologies. An experienced business leader in a variety of industries, Ray had a highly successful career as a GE executive during CEO Jack Welch’s tenure, followed by an industry recognized entrepreneurial career where he created more than $1 billion of shareholder value. For over 20 years, Ray held the position of President & CEO at several successful technology companies, most recently as CEO of Quark Software Inc., where he led its turnaround, resulting in an acquisition by private equity. Previously, Ray was President and CEO of Arbortext Inc., which was acquired by Parametric Technology Corp (PTC) for nearly 5X revenues, and was President of TPN Register LLC, a GE and Thomas Publishing joint venture. Ray was also an executive at GE, where during his 14-year tenure, he held leadership positions throughout the United States and Europe.
In addition to his operating business leadership, Ray has served as founder, investor, advisor and board member of several entrepreneurial businesses including co-founding Nagle Athletic Surfaces, which was acquired by AstroTurf Corporation, returning 70x for investors, and board member for 3esi (now Aucerna), acquired by Rubicon Technology Partners.
Ray received an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Syracuse University. He is a graduate of GE’s Corporate Audit Staff and Information Management Leadership programs.
Ray has been active on a number of boards, including serving on the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering. He has been recognized for his corporate and entrepreneurial success and received numerous awards including Michigan Venture Capital Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, Crain’s Detroit Business Forty under Forty, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.