Year-round access to fresh fruits and vegetables produced around the globe is a relatively recent occurrence. This change in eating habits was made possible by innovators in perishable food transportation like REI's founder, Raymond Wong. Working in food transport in the late 1970s, Raymond noted that planes bringing Vietnamese refugees to the U.S. returned empty to Hong Kong. Seeing this as an opportunity for his clients, he arranged to ship lettuce and other produce on the return flights, thus pioneering a revolution in the supply of food to the consumer. These early air shipments marked the beginning of an entirely new industry that has changed agriculture over much of the world.
By the time Raymond Express International was established in 1983, our founders had a solid reputation for contributing to their clients' growth by opening new markets with creative shipping solutions. The original San Francisco operation soon grew to include facilities in Los Angeles and Seattle, with a network that now covers the West Coast and extends in to Asia. The foresight and innovative thinking that distinguished the founding staff remain a hallmark of the transportation specialists at REI today.
CEO: John Tree
John is the CEO of Raymond Express International. His background combines the functional expertise of marketing and brand management from Procter & Gamble and Kellogg's along with 27 years of experience in global supply chain and logistics in the U.S. Air Force. He earned an MBA in Marketing from Chaminade University in Honolulu, an MA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy.
John also holds the rank of full Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and serves as the Senior Reservist (Mobilization Assistant) to the Commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, with $3B in revenue and over 10,000 employees.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES "the Exchange"), which is the nation's 43rd largest retailer.
EVP: Dave Moore
Dave is the Executive Vice President of Raymond Express International. He is one of the original members of the management team and has over 30 years in the freight forwarding industry.
CFO: Colin Fisher
Colin is the Chief Financial Officer of Raymond Express International. Prior to his current role, Colin was the CFO at four different venture capital backed technology companies based in the Silicon Valley. Earlier in his career, he held several divisional controller positions at VLSI Technology & Cypress Semiconductor. He started his career with Bank of America. Colin earned a B.S. in Finance from Arizona State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.