The Electronics Representatives Association's CEO, Walter Tobin, shared the passing of longtime ERA CEO Ray Hall today.
"It is with profound sadness that ERA must report that Raymond J. Hall, our longest-serving CEO and the guiding spirit of this organization for more than 40 years, passed away on Nov. 13. Ray had recently fallen and then endured complex surgery to repair a broken femur. Complications from the surgery required his return to the hospital and, regrettably, he never recovered.
For the countless individuals in the electronics industry, the manufacturers' representative profession, the association management and meeting planning business who admired, learned from and loved Ray, his loss cannot be measured. In ERA's 83-year history, he was, without a doubt, the single most influential leader and driver of the association and its mission.
Some of his many accomplishments and innovations are noted in the following press release along with information about how condolence messages can be sent to his family. We extend our deepest sympathies to Ray's wife Pat, daughters Kathy Green and Tracey Stewart, son Christopher Kosch, brother Bob Hall and his eight grandchildren.
ERA has lost a giant, but we are so grateful for his enduring legacy of advancing the rep profession and always looking forward to embracing new ideas. He once described his feeling about the rep function as "almost evangelistic." For that decades-long dedication and so much more, thank you, Ray!"