Petray comes to J.R. Short from NutraSweet where he had a successful career in sales, business development and general management. As CEO of NutraSweet, he led the company to new ownership. By way of early background, Petray received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. J.R. Short, a private company, produces processed extruded food pellets that are the principal ingredient in food manufactured snacks. Their products are purchased by leading branded food and quick service restaurant companies.