Ray Alley started beekeeping 29 years ago in Phillipsburg, Ohio, where he joined his first bee association, the Miami Valley Beekeepers Association. Ray learned his beekeeping skills at the Southwest Bee School and by become an avid reader about beekeeping. As his interest grew, both he and his wife, Chris, joined the Ohio State Beekeepers Association, as well as the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF). Ray and his wife Chris moved to Lebanon, Ohio in 1988; he then became very active in the Warren County Beekeepers Association. Over the years, Ray has served as a Director of the Ohio Honey Festival and President of the Warren County Beekeepers. Ray is an active trustee of the OSBA, board member of the Southwest Bee School, and a member of the Eastern Apiculture Society.