Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sunray Group
Ray Gupta is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Sunray Group. Ray conducts stringent market studies to unearth underutilized, well-located assets with upside opportunities.
Sunray is known for going that extra mile to surpass brand standards and has won the prestigious Pinnacle award for Regional Company of the Year. Ray started by strategically growing his portfolio along the 401 corridor and now has representation in almost every city from Windsor to Kingston, Ontario. His Group owns and manages 58 hotels. He is the largest privately owned operator of hotels in Canada.
Ray’s company is successfully building a portfolio of award-winning brands, which include partnerships with Marriott, Starwood, Hilton, Carlson, Best Western, Wyndham and Choice Hotels.
The Group seeks to acquire undermanaged, underperforming assets that can be repositioned in the marketplace, whether through renovation, brand change or bringing in a proper management team. The Group also specializes in the acquisition and disposition of petroleum and retail sites across Ontario. There are currently 20 sites under development and is working with all the major brands including Shell, Petro Canada, Ultramar, Pioneer, McDonald’s and Tim Hortons.
He is one of the founders of Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES) focusing on girl’s education in India. Ray is committed to supporting causes and foundations that make a difference to his employees and communities. He launched the Sunray Foundation to lend a hand to employees in the hospitality industry. He is engaged in community work and helping various charities.