Member Biography

Raymond K. Ochromowicz

Raymond K. Ochromowicz is currently Principal of Executive Decisions Consulting, a consulting and special projects company aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of park and recreation agencies by employing business-like principles, teambuilding, and training. Executive Decisions specializes in recreation program assessments, work culture assessments, executive searches, mentorship, public speaking, and leadership development.

Prior to establishing Executive Decisions Consulting in 2013, Ray delivered 36 years of distinguished service in public parks and recreation serving in positions of programming, facility management and administration including 29 years as Executive Director of three Gold Medal winning park districts.

He retired from the St. Charles Park District, St. Charles, IL in 2013. Previous to that he was the Executive Director for the Park Ridge Recreation and Park District, Park Ridge, IL, and served 23 years as Executive Director for the Bolingbrook Illinois Park District. Under his leadership his agencies received the NRPA Healthy Community Award (2003), National Gold Medal Award (1980, 1999), National Recreation and Park Association and the National Sports Foundation (1999), NRPA Best Benefits (1994, 2001, 2002) and the KUDOs Award as Best Communicator, National Recreation and Park Association, an unprecedented eight times (1997-2008).

From 1987-93 he was Director of Parks and Recreation, Burbank Illinois Park District. He has also taught part-time at the College of St. Francis and Moraine Valley Community College.

Ochromowicz has been active in the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, serving on the nominations and elections committee, state conference committee (chair), awards and recognition committee, issues task force, public awareness committee, sports and athletics committee and the board of directors. He has also been active in the South Suburban Park and Recreation Profession Association, the Western Illinois University Alumni Recreation Association, the National Recreation and Park Association, and the Will County Environmental Task Force. He has served on the Board of Regents and has taught for North Carolina State University's Supervisors Management School from 2006 through 2022. He has also been active in his community's Rotary Clubs including all of their leadership capacities.

Ray has received the Academy's President's Award, NRPA’s Midwest Region Professional of the Year, the IPRA Prestigious Fellow Award, the IPRA Professional Award, the Bolingbrook Park District Award of Excellence, the IPRA Meritorious Service Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Western Illinois University, the Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellow, and an IPRA Literary Award.

He has taught in the Recreation and Leisure Services Department of Moraine Valley Community College, the University of St. Francis, and for North Carolina State University. Ray has spoken at numerous state and national conferences, and authored articles for several professional journals.

He received his B.S. degree from Western Illinois University, with a major in Recreation and Park Administration. He has also attended the Illinois Park & Recreation Professional Development School, the NRPA/North Carolina State University Administrative Management Forum and the NRPA/North Carolina State University Business Institute for Park & Recreation Professionals. [updated 5-2023]