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Ray built a restaurant empire that gives back

Wednesday, May 24, 2017  
Posted by: Taylor Salvato
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Ray built a restaurant empire that gives back
By: Kevin Landrigan

Alex Ray created a wildly successful, iconic restaurant and hospitality chain that has offered affordable dining and friendly service in a quintessential New Hampshire setting.

But the 72-year-old businessman, philanthropist and citizen activist said he’s most proud for having forged a network of 1,200, year-round employees who, more than he, advanced a belief that giving back to the community is more rewarding than just adding to the bottom line.

A New Jersey native, Ray fell in love with New Hampshire when his family moved to North Conway when he was 14.

He’ll always remember the sage advice his father gave him.

“My dad taught me, work hard, have a good ethic and do not be greedy,” Ray said. His dad sold a profitable vending-machine business before moving the family to the state.


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