In Memory of RAE Corporations Founder, Jim Swank
April 27th, 2021
Pryor, OK — It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of our founder, Jim Swank, at the age of 85. Jim passed away peacefully on Monday night at his home with his wife, Ronnie, by his side.
Jim was deeply loved by his family and well respected at RAE Corporation. Those who had the opportunity to work with him and learn from him are feeling a tremendous sense of loss today. He was an extraordinarily smart and accomplished entrepreneur who built a company that still embraces the vision he started fifty years ago.
Jim founded RAE Corporation with five other bright minds on April 12, 1971. Those six people are the reason that almost 400 people have jobs at RAE Corporation today. Earlier this year, Jim and his son talked about the 50th anniversary of RAE Corporation and all the employees that make the company great.
Jim’s exceptional moral character, work ethic, commitment to people, financial diligence and his unwavering perseverance made him a one-of-a-kind leader. We are fortunate that Jim passed those same traits onto his son, Eric Swank, RAE Corporation’s current President and CEO.
“I will always be proud to continue what my dad started. He set the bar high and pushed me for greatness, but he always loved and supported me. Today, it makes me proud to look at all our employees and see that his legacy will live on,” said Eric Swank.