Dr. Ramon (Ray) Benedetto is an expert in organizational leadership and culture and an accomplished executive who uses his broad experience in leadership and management to assist business leaders with issues and challenges related to leadership, structure, strategy, and execution at all organizational levels. After a distinguished military career, he spent nearly a decade in corporate America leading cultural and operational transformations before forming a firm that helps leaders in business, government, and community-based organizations build high-performing, entangled cultures.
Dr. Ray earned his Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix where he also received distinction for the Qualitative Dissertation of the Year in 2010. He earned his Master’s Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Health from Penn State University where he was also a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Air Force ROTC program. He also holds diplomas from numerous military professional education programs including Air War College and the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 1986.
Dr. Ray’s reputation as a change leader placed him in many challenging military assignments, including the transformation of the Military Health Services System into an integrated military-civilian partnership. He has led corporate transformations including full integration of all dental lines of business for a national healthcare insurance company and creating a Ritz Carlton service culture within a major Chicago academic medical center. Dr. Ray co-founded GuideStar, Inc.® in 2005 to serve leaders of small to mid-sized enterprises seeking to build high-performing, character-based organizations.
Dr. Ray is co-author of It’s My Company TOO! How entangled companies move beyond employee engagement for remarkable results (2012) and numerous articles on organizational leadership in professional and trade journals. His work has been recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executives, Penn State, and the University of Phoenix. His awards and honors include the Defense Superior Service Medal and distinction as a Faculty Scholar and Ambassador for the University of Phoenix. He and his wife of 46 years have three surviving adult children and reside in Batavia, IL, where they are raising two grandsons.