Ray Barnhorst is the founder of Ray’s Automotive Center. His career in the automotive industry began when he opened Ray’s Marathon on the corner of Beam Road and 25th Street. He was a successful business owner because he believed in personalized customer service – the driving force behind the company’s culture today. By 1978, Ray had grown his service station business to include three locations. In 1999, Ray left that business to focus solely on Ray’s Automotive Center.