The Long and Winding Road

Departments - Editor's Focus

November 20, 2012
DeAnne Toto

DeAnne Toto


I chose the title of this column in honor of life-long Beatles fan and regular SDB contributor Ray Barry as he moves on to the next phase of his career. Ray is the newly appointed vice president of sales for the eastern region at Access Information Management, headquartered in Livermore, Calif. Unfortunately, this means that his role as a regular columnist with SDB will end with this issue. Ray has written the Sales Minute column for the last six years, and we appreciate his contribution.

I don’t think there’s a person in the document destruction industry who doesn’t recognize Ray, who has been active in the industry for the last 12 years. He was perhaps most visible in his role as president of Total Training Services, the Spartanburg, S.C., company behind The Shred School. In his role with Total Training Services, Ray has helped well more than 200 companies in the document destruction industry to grow their businesses.

Ray also served as vice president of Total Product Destruction, a Spartanburg- based product destruction company founded by Nick Wildrick and John Bauknight. Total Product Destruction was formed in August of 2006 after the paper destruction portion of Shred First (the company profiled in the premier issue of SDB in early 2004, by the way) was sold to Cintas Document Management.

It’s clear that I’ve known Ray professionally for quite some time.

And if you’re an active member of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), you’ve likely encountered Ray at various association events. In his time volunteering with NAID, Ray has served on numerous committees and as president of the organization in 2011. He also frequently spoke at NAID events and could be found in the Total Training Services booth in the exhibit hall at the NAID Annual Conference.

While Ray will no longer be contributing regularly to SDB, I’m sure his contribution to the industry will continue as he begins to travel the new path that his long and winding road has led him to. The staff of SDB wishes him the best of luck in his position with Access, a new career challenge that he’ll surely rise to meet.


Correction: In SDB’s list and map of certified electronics recyclers (“Status: Certified,” p. 55) in the September/October issue, Affinity Information Management, Toledo, Ohio, should have been included as an R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices) certified company. We apologize for the oversight.