FOUNDER, RAY'S RESTAURANTS
Founded in 1984 by renowned restaurant industry veteran Ray Schoenbaum, Marietta-based Ray’s Restaurants, LLC, is comprised of Ray’s on the River, Ray’s in the City and Ray’s at Killer Creek. Each restaurant features an award winning menu with an emphasis on fresh fish flown in daily from the Atlantic and Pacific, house-cut chops, prime steaks and extensive wine offerings from around the world.
“We want every guest to have an exceptional dining experience in a refined, yet warm and inviting setting,” says Ray.
We look forward to you dining with us soon!
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Alex Bebiak grew up in Chicago and is a hospitality industry veteran with more than 20 years of restaurant management experience. Bebiak studied at Northern Illinois University and has managed such notable restaurants as Bella Vista, Bacino’s of Naperville and Wildfire in Illinois. He was relocated to Atlanta with Wildfire, where he served as General Manager for four years. He joined the Ray’s family in 2011 as the Operating Partner of Ray’s on the River and in 2015 became the Operating Partner for Ray’s at Killer Creek in addition to the River location. He was recently promoted to Director of Operations for Ray’s on the River, Ray’s at Killer Creek and Ray’s in the City.
Bebiak enjoys the energy and fast pace of the restaurant industry. His focus at Ray’s is to capitalize on the reputation the restaurant has built, while always looking for ways to continuously evolve the food, service and overall dining experience while adapting to the trending ways of the industry.
While his title remains as “Director of Operations”, he defines his role as “Director of People.” He is incredibly passionate about his people and believes that creating a positive work environment is directly related to a positive dining experience for our guests.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mark is an Atlanta native who received his accounting degree from the University of Georgia. He began his career as auditor with EY. Later in his career he has held CFO roles in industries that include aviation, computer hardware, medical software, consumer packaged goods and infant toys. He was worked with iconic global brands including Eastman Kodak and Kids II.
Mark has followed Ray and his many restaurant brands since his early childhood and is proud to be a part of Ray's. As a former small business owner, Mark enjoys the entrepreneurial spirit of Ray's restaurants and is excited to share his financial experience with the Ray's team.
DIRECTOR OF TRAINING
Faith’s motivation stems from her desire to combine analytical skills with training and development. Having worked for Hillstone Restaurant Group for over 15 years in several positions truly helped her cultivate and shape many aspects that are important to every successful business, while building a foundation of excellence. Faith worked in many locations while with Hillstone, from NYC to Miami to Atlanta, allowing her to understand the many different needs of various demographics and infuse new techniques.
“My passion for the training and development side of operations started early in my career, as I was captivated by the implementation of systems and soon wanted to learn every detail and nuance” says Miller. From there she grew a profound desire to share this knowledge and grow her team similarly. This drive is exactly why she joined the Ray’s family in 2016 as corporate trainer. Her focus at Ray’s is to embrace the family feeling and build cohesion throughout all three stores. Faith’s daily goals are to initiate and implement standards for delivering state of the art service, and continually grow and develop each individual, all while adapting to the evolving trends of food and operations. Faith’s dedication to the business and her people are directly related to creating that perfect experience for our guests.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Caroline Clements has worked in food marketing her entire career and can usually be found wherever there is good food. In her very first job as Marketing & Communications Coordinator at PeachDish, a meal kit subscription business, she managed marketing campaigns, public relations, and dabbled in food styling. From there Caroline accepted a position with Buckhead Life Restaurant Group as Marketing Manager and was later promoted to Director of Marketing for all thirteen unique concepts. Caroline then joined the Ray's Restaurants team to serve as the Director of Marketing. What she enjoys most about her current role at Ray's Restaurants is connecting people to meaningful communal experiences through creative, thoughtful marketing campaigns.
Miles's first love was music, having been an entertainer for most of his life. His passion for wine came along later as he grew within the hospitality industry. At Ray's on the River, surrounded by thousands of bottles from legendary winemakers, he learned to appreciate fine wine and it was, as Miles calls it, a "pallet-opening experience" that changed his life. After years of study, Miles transitioned into his role as Sommelier for Ray's Restaurants. Miles is always looking for new wines to showcase and curating a menu of hand-picked selections from all over the world. Miles would love to help you select your next amazing wine.
DIRECTOR OF PURCHASING
Ugo landed his first restaurant job in a Japanese steak and seafood restaurant as a prep cook while he was in college pursuing a business degree in finance. He found this job to be so rewarding that he stuck with it throughout college. Upon graduation, Okpareke moved to Atlanta to secure a job in finance but also held part time positions at foodservice establishments such as Simon’s Seafood, L&N Seafood and The Crab House. After disappointing job searches in the health and financial industries, Okpareke found solace in the restaurant business at Ray’s on the River. After holding several positions at the restaurant such as lead line cook and trainer, Okpareke became the longest serving sous chef in Ray’s history. His culinary development along with his strong personnel and financial management skills make him highly qualified for his new position as executive chef of Ray’s in the City in 2010. After a successful 5 years serving as executive chef, Ugo moved to our corporate office, where he now serves as our Director of Purchasing, This position has allowed him to oversee the sourcing of equipment, goods and services, while managing all vendors and maintaining our quality standards.
Ray's Gives Back
Since 2005, Ray’s has partnered with the Fragile Kids and RACK Foundations to raise money for medically fragile children, and their families, for equipment, medical supplies and other support that is unattainable due to insurance restrictions or financial limitations.
Ray’s is a proud sponsor of ‘The Derek Rackley Annual “Fore the Kids” Golf Classic,’ which serves as a fundraiser for the Foundations. Each year Ray’s on the River hosts, and our employees volunteer, for the children for Breakfast with Santa.
For more information on the Fragile Kids Foundation, please click here or contact Jill Gossett.