Raymond J. Bartoszek ’86 is the 13th recipient of the Acta Non Verba Award. This award, presented biennially, was established in 1994 to honor an individual who has gone above and beyond in his or her support of Kings Point athletics.
A dual major at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Bartoszek studied both Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation. As a Midshipman, he played baseball, rugby, and intramural sports. As a First Classman, Bartoszek served his teammates as captain of the baseball team. “We had a cohesive unit of great guys who knew that we had to battle every single game because no victory came easy,” he said, explaining that the baseball program was still developing when he started at Kings Point.
Bartoszek remembered working alongside his teammates to make sure the baseball field was always in the best possible playing condition. “We didn’t have a lot of maintenance support,” he said. “As a team, we would take care of the field. It was really a bonding experience for us.”
Bartoszek was also a member of the Ring Dance Committee and served as a Midshipman Officer.
His love for baseball coupled with his appreciation for the training he received at Kings Point led him to recently make one of the largest donations in alumni history toward renovating Lower Roosevelt Field and, in particular, the baseball field. The plan includes a new full turf field, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, and dugouts. “The Midshipmen should have a first-class product to play on,” he said.
Five years after graduating from the USMMA, Bartoszek received his Master of Business Administration with a focus in International Business from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During this time, he worked in the shipyard facility at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut. He shifted out of the defense industry due to an opportunity he received from a Kings Pointer, William “Bill” L. Rung, Jr. ’70, in 1991.
Bartoszek received a fundraising letter from Rung to support the rugby team. He noticed the letter was printed on Texaco Inc. stationery and had been sent from White Plains, New York—close to where he grew up. Immediately, Bartoszek called Rung and offered a small contribution to the program. After talking for a few minutes, Rung asked him to come in for an interview. “I met with him the next day and he ended up hiring me—all as a result of that connection to the Kings Point Athletics Program,” said Bartoszek. “I’ve always been hopeful that I’d be in a position to give back because of moments like that one.”
Bartoszek worked as a professional oil trader from 1996 through 2011 at Texaco Inc. and Glencore Ltd. In 2004, he became the President of Glencore Ltd. He was also a Director of the firm, which had a successful initial public offering in 2011. That same year, Bartoszek co-founded RLB Holdings, an investment firm, with his wife Lydia. He now serves as the firm’s managing general partner.
Bartoszek became the youngest limited partner of the New York Yankees in September 2011. He continues to hold an ownership interest in Yankees Global Enterprises, including a stake in the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network.
Today, he serves on the Board of Directors of Solution Point International Inc., Kineta Inc., Horseheads Sand and Transloading Terminal LLC, Fitness Holdings LLC, and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Whitby School, based in Greenwich, Connecticut. He continues to stay involved with Kings Point and also gives back financially. “I really believe it’s a privilege to go to such an excellent academic school and be surrounded by future leaders,” he said. “I’m grateful that I was given the opportunity to go there and fortunate to be able to help future Midshipmen.”
Bartoszek resides in both Greenwich, Connecticut and Big Sky, Montana. He and his wife have six children, including four sons (Ryan, Blake, Owen, and Caden) and two daughters (Natalia and Grace), ranging from 25 years old to 2 years old.
Recently, Bartoszek started a youth baseball program in Montana. He coaches the Big Sky Royals, a team of 15 kids, which features his son Owen as shortstop. He also skis and, this season, reached the milestone of skiing 1 million vertical feet.
Bartoszek enjoys spending time with his classmates and playing in alumni baseball games. “I feel great about the future of Kings Point,” he said. “We have continuity, cooperation, and a shared goal of continuing to create maritime leaders.”
This bio was written in 2018