Terri Ray has a deep passion to keep Atlantic Beach as a safe, quiet neighborhood city with the impressive resume of Leadership that shows she knows how to do it.


B.S. Pulp & Paper Science & Engineering (Mechanical and Chemical) University of Wisconsin, 1985

A.D. Chemistry and Computer Science University of Wisconsin, 1985

Honorary Member National Deans List


  •  Part of the Atlantic Beach community (learn more)

  • Lifetime helping others & animals

  • Strong reliance on her faith (member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church)

  • Conservative values

  • Teacher (Duval substitute teacher) & Mentor

  • Author

  • Surfer & paddle boarder 

  • Loves her two dogs Mako & Moray



Leader. Terri is honest, fair, yet sets high expectations for all on the team. She has run large union manufacturing plants, project manager for large (>250mil) projects and started & ran her own business. Terri has been tested, yet remains the leader you can count on to stand up and be accountable. You can count on a Mayor Ray to be your strong and steady leader through whatever comes our way.

Crisis Tested: Terri is also that one you want on the team when a crisis strikes. People that worked with her say "She is that voice of calm and finding solutions despite things blowing up around us".  Preparing and managing through a crisis is a cherished gift of Terri's. Learn more here. 


Terri's Manufactring Experience

Terri's manufacturing career of almost 20 years was in large, complex operating pulp & paper manufacturing plants, that include paper production, power generation, water treatment & timber management. She has demonstrated steady leadership, including through crisis like earthquakes, hurricanes, labor strike, boiler explosion, 9/11 economy shutdown and a pandemic to name a few/


Graduated 1985 from University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point on National Deans List as only woman in the U.S. with degree in engineering, pulp/paper, chemistry & computer science.  ​She went on  to serve the paper industry at positions throughout the organization: Process Engineer, Project Manger to Operations Manager to Corporate International Director.  She never stopped leaving a mark on the organizations she served with her signature accomplishments of:


  • Building effective teams

  • Production & financial performance excellence

  • Bold, innovative solutions & "What-If" planning

  • Steady leadership through crisis

  • High standard of diverse, respectful & fair workplace

  • Partnerships with regulatory and governing agencies

  • Safety & quality first

  • Kind to the environment & wildlife

  • Mentoring & encouraging 

Business Owner

After a life being promoted so frequently, Terri retired from the paper industry to pursue business ownership like  her parents and grandparents.  She built a first-of-a-kind service company. She was featured nationally and internationally for her innovative ideas and business modeling precision. It was a company founded in teamwork & customer delight with open dialogue, diverse backgrounds and ideas encouraged. This business (recently sold) became successful under Terri's leadership by:

  • Utilizing innovative technology

  • Strong Customer Service

  • Relationships with City/State/Federal

  • Steady leadership through good and difficult times

  • Cost effective spending

  • Hiring & retaining exceptional talent

Employer Details

  • Champion International - Process Engineer/Asst. Department Manager

  • Container Corporation of America - Asst Superintendent

  • Gaylord Container - Acquisition Team, Startup Manager, Superintendent

  • Jefferson Smurfit - Project/Department/Process Manager

  • International Paper - Department Manager, Operations Manager, International Corporate Director

  • Royal Paws - Founder & CEO/Author/Inventor (Sold its largest operating division in 2014)

  • Firestorm Solutions - Manager Manufacturing, Plan Development, Author

Service to Others

  • Lifetime of mentoring and helping others in need

  • Authored Children's Books Series to teach the next generation (proceeds go to charities)

  • Volunteer or support for Florida Fish & Wildlife, Georgia Aquarium, Coral Restoration & many other animal welfare groups

  • Supporter of Women's Training & Business Development organizations

  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church Member

  • Sponsor of mission work for orphans & women's advancement throughout the globe 

  • Support local, national & international charities

  • First to help local families in need

What Others Say About Terri