2020 ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Ken Raymond’s successful entrepreneurial career spans over 35 years in the real estate, finance, and hospitality industries. He is the broker/owner of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties, which is the largest Coldwell Banker residential and commercial real estate franchise operation in New York State. He is a partner of Parc Partners, owner and affiliated with Holiday Inn Express and Hilton Hotels, Indigo hotels, as well as independent brands.
Ken is also affiliated with SEFCU mortgage services, which acquired Home Funding Finders, the largest residential mortgage banker in its market. Ken’s involvement with SEFCU came about when they acquired Home Funding Finders Mortgage Company, which was second when his company, Home Funding Finders was acquired.
Ken is the Founder and CEO of Prime Companies, and has led the industry in offering a full line of real estate and hospitality services, including facilitating commercial and residential real-estate acquisition and liquidation, raising debt and equity, developing land, and managing ground up projects, including residential sub-divisions, hotels, commercial office buildings, and over 2,000 luxury apartments as well as lifestyle retail.
Ken is a graduate of Paul Smith’s College and currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He also serves on the board of Trustees for Siena College, and is an Emeritas Board of Trustees Member for Albany Boys Club. He is President of the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, with a strong focus on housing and the reopening of Camp Scully, and is a major contributor to these endeavors.
Ken maintains a strong presence in the community. He was founder and former president of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau. He previously served on the Board of Trustees for St. Gregory’s School for Boys in Loudonville and Friends in Adoption, and is also active with Coaches vs Cancer and Real Men Wear Pink, which raises funds for cancer research for the American Cancer Society. In addition, Ken is very active in many other charitable organizations throughout the Capital Region.
Ken is married to Patricia, is a proud father to Mary Ann, Michelle and Michael and has four grandchildren.