Honorable, sincere, affable and helpful. Ray Murray III has embodied these characteristics and more throughout his 40-plus years in the propane industry. The Massachusetts native has shown the ability to lead the industry and, when called upon, is always willing to lend a hand to industry members.

As National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) chairman in 2012-13, Murray played a large part in its Vision 2014 strategic initiative, which sought to put the industry back on a path to growth after years of decline. Murray pushed this agenda and oversaw the association’s process of trying to determine the direction to take the membership – scale back its activity or carry out that growth strategy.

“We can’t do the same things every day and expect a different result,” Murray said at the time. “We’re trying to break the cycle [of decline].”

Except for a four-year stint in the Army and four years with Aetna Life and Casualty as a regional pension supervisor, Murray has spent his entire career working in the family business, Ray Murray Inc., which his father started in 1973 as a distributor of propane gas equipment and appliances. Murray eventually became a partner/owner with his brothers, Jim and John. He’s now semi-retired, serving as chairman emeritus and an adviser to the company and working part time on association activities.

Murray, 72, resides in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, with his wife, Holly. They have a son and daughter, and five grandsons.