Business 100 – 2016

Ray O’Connor/Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.

Ray O’Connor is president and chief executive officer of Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc., a position he has held since 2002. He also serves as president of the Positioning Operating Company, a component company of Topcon Corporation, where he holds the position of senior managing executive officer. Ray joined Topcon in 1993 as the founding member of its laser business development team.

In 2013, Ray became the youngest ever inductee to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers Hall of Fame, was named the Geospatial Business Leader of the Year in 2012, and in 2006 he received the prestigious Toshiba Business Performance Award.

Raised one of seven in Naas, Co. Kildare, Ray says, “My rich family life and Irish upbringing also instilled me with a strong sense loyalty and integrity in all relationships.” He is an alumnus of the Dublin Institute of Technology, by which he was also awarded an honorary doctorate for his achievements in international business and innovation. He and his wife of 33 years, Nancy, live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and have three grown children.