There is no greater conservative than a small business owner. Randy’s life and work is a testament to the Volunteer State’s most important values of hard work, personal responsibility, steadfast faith in God and unconditional love for family.
Randy worked to pay his way through college, and at 19, Randy graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee with no debt, becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college.
At 23, Randy started his first business, and at 31 — with his wife Jenny working as a court reporter and a 2-year-old at home — he sunk their entire life savings into designing a new product: an underground pet fence. Twenty-five years later, Randy’s company, Radio Systems Corporation, produces more than 4,000 pet-related products — including the Invisible Fence — and employs more than 700 people.
In 2013, Randy served in Governor Bill Haslam’s administration as an unpaid advisor on education, resulting in the creation of the Drive to 55 initiative and the Tennessee Promise program. Recently, Randy served as the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development. Under his leadership, the private sector committed to creating 50,000 new jobs and investing $11 billion.
Champion of the GOP: The Great Opportunity Party
Randy is a lifelong Republican. In 2002, he served as U.S. Senate candidate Ed Bryant’s Knox County finance chair, and in 2012, Randy served as the state co-chairman for Romney for President. He believes that, working together, the GOP can become known as the Great Opportunity Party.