Randy Golden, a 1977 graduate with a bachelor's degree in management, is the founder and principal of Golden Beverage Solutions, a consulting and advisory firm that specializes in the analysis, optimization and growth of beverage distribution operations. Throughout his life, Randy has dedicated his time to helping his community. He has served on the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and also volunteered at the Children's Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House and the Highland Park Methodist Church. As for his dedication to Texas Tech and the Rawls College of Business, Randy has been a member and chair of the Rawls College Advisory Council, a committee member and chair for the Rawls College Scholarship Breakfast, a Red Raider Club Scholarship Fund Member, a professional mentor in the Rawls Business Leadership Program, and the Texas Tech Alumni Association since 1978. Additionally, due to his exemplary commitment to the college, Randy was honored as a Rawls College Distinguished Alumnus in 2012.
Learn more about Randy's time in college, how it helped him in his career, and what advice he would offer current students in the Q&A below.
How have the skills you acquired through your management degree helped in your career?
I believe the foundation that was built through my years at the Rawls College allowed me to be confident in the decisions I have made as both an employee and employer. Through my classes at Rawls, it became very apparent that having superior people skills was essential in succeeding as a leader and manager within any company. Learning from this classwork and the practical application of such has been of great benefit to me in my career.
What is your fondest memory of the Rawls College?
My fondest memories are the friends that were on the same degree plan and being in classes together. I also have fond memories of several professors such as Kent Hance for Business Law and John Wittman for Economics. While it has been a few years since I attended any class (almost 40 years), I do recall enjoying the management classes fondly.
What did you do, as both a student and entry-level employee, to position yourself for success?
I think it is easy to say that hard work is the difference in anyone's success. While this has always been an aspect of why I have realized success in my career, I think you have to also be smarter about how you attack any opportunity. Think before you act. You should always show your passion for your job as this is something easily seen by anyone you interact with. I always looked for a mentor as a student and entry-level employee. Having a mentor to show you the ropes and assist with any questions you may have has always proved to be invaluable.
What are you looking for when hiring recent graduates?
While I have limited opportunities in my current consulting group I have hired a number of people during my career. I always looked for students who were knowledgeable about my business, sharply dressed, confident during the interview and showed a work history that was consistent with the opportunity I had to offer.
What advice would you give current students in the Rawls College?
Any student who is entering the work force needs to be patient. While patience may look different for each student, it is vital for your career. Taking your time to learn, observe, and determine what is best for you is important. Being in a hurry for the next job, pay increase, or recognition could limit your learning experience and knowledge in the long run. As you progress in your career, knowledge is power and much of this knowledge comes from your experiences early in your career.