Robert O. Wray, Jr. Rear Admiral, USN (ret) CEO, BlueStar SeniorTech
A Mechanical Engineer from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Wray spent seven years of active duty as a nuclear engineer on Navy surface ships, carriers, and submarines. Transferring to the reserves, he enjoyed a varied 20-year career in business as a serial entrepreneur, running companies in manufacturing, hospitality, technology, consulting, and construction. During this period, he invented an electrical device, had it patented, and then built a company to manufacture and sell it into the commercial industry market. The company later became Energy-Online, and was sold to Pace Global Energy, which was in turn acquired by Siemens. Later, Wray was manager for a 300-person division of Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAIC). He was brought in to turn around a division whose revenues were dropping 20% annually. Over three years, he arrested the losses and brought the division back to 20% growth; as a result, he was recognized as one of the top 50 employees among the 47,000 employees of SAIC at the time.
During this time, Wray continued his service in the Navy reserve, and was promoted to Captain in 2000. In 2004, he was mobilized to the Pentagon and to Baghdad, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service while under enemy fire. In 2007 he was promoted to Admiral and placed back onto full-time active duty for six years, where, among other positions, he led a $3.5 billion (revenue) profit-and-loss organization with 10,000 employees. He was also Vice Commander of all US Navy forces in Europe and Africa. He retired in November of 2013 as a two-star Admiral, moved back to Washington DC to start BlueStar.
He has a Masters Degree from Georgetown University’s school of business, is a licensed professional engineer, holds a patent, has written two books, and is a frequent professional speaker on leadership and management. He is an adjunct professor on the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences at Walter Reed in Washington. He is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Vinson Hall, which is the Navy/Marine Corps/Coast Guard’s continuing care retirement center (CCRC) in Washington, a $30M (rev) organization caring for some 500 residents. He is the Executive Director of The Flag and General Officers Network, a 501.c.19 War Veterans Organization, and is on the board of The Capitol Post, a DC-based incubator focusing on veteran entrepreneurs. He and his wife Maryellen have 4 living parents, 6 children, 4 kids-in-law, and 4 grandchildren. His interests include sailing, reading history, playing the piano, the Red Sox, and avoiding yard work.