Ray Hexamer will be the speaker at the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting for 2018.

Hexamer is the president/CEO of the Stark Economic Development Board, a non-profit economic development organization that has a mission of expanding and attracting business in Stark County.

Prior to leading SEDB, Hexamer was the CEO of First Communications in Akron. He and his team grew First Communications from $32 million to over $200 million in sales and from 80 to 380 employees with customers in all 50 states. During that time, Hexamer was responsible for leading his team in the integration of nine acquisitions and involved in fundraising over $300 million of capital. In 2014, Hexamer helped finalize the sale of First Communications to Zayo and Canal Pointe Capital for $159 million.

Prior to First Communications, Hexamer spent 23 years at WHBC Radio starting as a "part time temporary announcer" and ending his time there as the president of the company. He helped lead a $43.5 million sale of WHBC for its shareholders in 2002.