Release Date:
Release ID: 5773


June 8 - 10, 2016
J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Phoenix, Arizona

Ray Thurston's story started on two wheels at age 13 working for his father's messenger service after school and during vacations. As he got older, he worked in other facets of the business and one year out of college, Ray's father passed away and he began to run the business at the age of 23.

Four years later, Ray left the business and started SonicAir Couriers, a same-day courier company servicing the entire United States. SonicAir was the first company to achieve Inc. 500's "Fastest Growing Companies" three consecutive years.

Fast forward twenty years, and SonicAir was purchased by UPS and in 1997, Ray relocated to Atlanta to be Chairman of UPS Worldwide Logistics.

Today, UPS Logistics is a $10 billion dollar division.

Since leaving logistics, Ray's time has been focused on philanthropic work with several organizations and won the Senator John McCain Award for Leadership. Ray is also currently an advisor to the Governor of Arizona on Lean Six Sigma Implementation.

We are thrilled to have Ray join us for AirCargo 2016 and to have him keynoting the 2016 event.
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