CTEH Spotlight: Ray Meyer
Last year, Ray Meyer, CEM, joined the CTEH team as our Director of Global Preparedness and Crisis Management. As director, Ray is responsible for overseeing CTEH’s full-range of incident management preparedness and response services—from personnel training to on-the-ground relationship building. We recently talked with Ray to find out more about his background and work at CTEH. Check out our conversation below:
What does a typical day at CTEH look like for you?
On any given day at CTEH, you may find me writing a proposal or conversing with my team—Joe Leonard, John Temperilli, Hank Garcia and Sergio Pallavicini—who are on the road for presentations, meetings or projects. Or, I may be training clients and their community partners on incident, emergency or crisis management. Our team is focused on helping organizations develop emergency response plans, building their response teams and exercising these plans in real-time. It’s a never-ending cycle of trying to improve, improve and improve.
You recently completed your certification as an Emergency Manager (CEM). What did that entail?
It was an extensive process of documenting my experience in the incident management field over the past 25 years. It included calculating the amount of education I’ve received—more than 100 hours of management training and 100 hours of emergency response training—and detailing the support I’ve given to the emergency management community.
You’ve been in the emergency management field for decades. How has this experience benefitted your work at CTEH?
Between our team, we’ve seen most everything and handled most everything—from the Ebola crisis to major oil spills and fires. I believe we have the best team in the United States, and our cumulative experiences have made CTEH much stronger as an organization.
What’s your favorite part of working at CTEH?
CTEH has always offered great emergency response and air monitoring services. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to grow a new division within the company and expand its emergency response and crisis management services portfolio. I believe the synergy we’ve created will encourage our clients to look to CTEH to lead their operations moving forward.
Which industry or community organizations are you involved with at CTEH?
In addition to attending my church and being the on-demand ‘maintenance man’ for my daughter’s business, I am continually traveling across the country in support of industry organizations. For example, our team often presents at the Clean Gulf Conference & Exhibition, International Association of Emergency Managers Annual Conference, Midwest Hazardous Materials Response Conference and others. We also regularly participate in meetings such as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Region VI Regional Response Team.