Ray Kerins, SVP, head of communications and government relations, Bayer: Power List 2017

2017 rank: 13

Ray was speaking to an audience at SXSW this year and said "those are not impressions, those are people." He was referring to farmers who Bayer is supporting via an innovative music series with country singer Luke Bryan.

For those who know Ray, this quote defines what he is all about.

Ray served as a volunteer firefighter in New York State for years. He was willing to risk his life for others on a regular basis.

Principles matter and Ray’s are rock solid. He always shows respect, builds trust, and takes time to understand what can make a difference in people’s lives.

It’s why he finds time to be the executive sponsor of BRAVE (Bayer Resources for Armed Forces Veterans and Employees) and BLEND (Bayer’s LGBT organization). 

It’s why he gives extra effort to support his country and teaches his three children how to properly wrap the American flag that hangs on their lawn. 

It’s why it was an easy decision to work with Bryan on a tour where concerts could occur on local farms from Baldwin City, Kansas, to Boone, Iowa.

Ray Kerins believes in people, not impressions. And in doing so, he is making an impression that will last forever.

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