Randy joined First Nations Development Institute as Senior Communications Officer in March 2012. His lengthy career includes numerous positions in corporate communications, public relations and marketing with major energy corporations and nonprofit organizations, including posts as vice president of marketing and communications for the American Humane Association, director of communications and brand management for Rocky Mountain PBS, senior director of public education and communications for the American Indian College Fund, vice president of corporate communications for MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company (now Berkshire Hathaway Energy), and director of national public relations for Father Flanagan’s Boys Town. Early in his career he was an editor and writer for the Omaha World-Herald newspaper.
Randy earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and further studied business management and marketing at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is Accredited in Public Relations (APR designation) by the New York City-based Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He is a former president of the Nebraska PRSA Chapter based in Omaha, and has been active more recently in the Colorado PRSA Chapter, serving as the chair of its ethics committee from 2010 to 2012. Over the years, Randy and his communications teams have been recognized with numerous awards for communications and marketing campaigns, graphic design and websites.
Randy holds a lifelong interest in Native American issues and cultures, which likely began while growing up on the original Pawnee homelands in south-central Nebraska (Holdrege). His extra-curricular activities include drumming (both kit and hand-drumming), motorcycling, golfing, reading broadly and meditating.