Ray Van Driessche

Director of Community and Government Relations

Michigan Sugar Company

Ray grew up on a family farm in south east Bay County and farmed full time in a partnership with his brother Gene from 1967 until 2005 at which time he went to work full time for Michigan Sugar Company as the Director of Community & Government Relations.   He is still involved in the family operation and helps out on the farm during the peak busy seasons.  Ray is married to his wife Geri and they have two daughters and two sons.  Ray’s two sons are now part of the family farm operation.

Ray became a member of the Monitor Sugarbeet Growers Assn. Board of Directors in 1986 and served as President for 10 years – then served as Executive Director of the Monitor Sugarbeet Growers Association until Michigan Sugar Company and Monitor Sugar Company merged together in October of 2004.  He has served continuously on the Board of Directors of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association since 1991 and served as President of the American Sugarbeet Growers Assn. in 2001 and 2002.

He began working full time for Michigan Sugar Company in January of 2005 and is currently Director of Community & Government Relations.

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