Peace Corps volunteer, Arthur Murray dance instructor, Ernst and Young partner, Fortune 50 senior executive and accidental advocate. Before retiring in 2013 as Senior Vice President, he led Walgreens’ logistics division for sixteen years as the chain grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores with the most advanced logistics network in its industry.
Believing that people with disabilities could do more, he pioneered a disability employment model in the distribution centers that resulted in ten percent of its workforce consisting of people with disabilities (1,000+ PWDs). This initiative is now being rolled out nationwide in Walgreen retail stores across America and is changing the lives of thousands. The Walgreens success serves as a model for other employers in the U.S. and abroad including large employers such as P&G, Lowe’s, Meijer and Marks & Spencer (UK).
Randy has shared the story across the U.S., Canada and abroad of how steward leadership can improve performance and benefit the community. He was recognized by the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago as Leader of the Year in 2011 for his body of work, outstanding service, and accomplishments in the field of human resources and business. Randy had previously received South Carolina’s highest award to non-citizens in 2008 – the Order of the Silver Crescent – for his leadership and contribution to the well-being of South Carolinians.
His book, No Greatness Without Goodness, recounts the story of events leading him to create the Walgreens Model – the “gold standard of disability hiring” – and the process by which he was able garner company support to make the initiative successful.
Randy remains active in business and serves as a director of The Wendy’s Company, a publicly-owned national restaurant chain. In addition to maintaining an active speaking schedule, he continues to lend his time and experience to the disability hiring movement. Over the past year, he has developed the NOGWOG Disability Initiative as an effective, low-cost and sustainable disability hiring model for employers. It a private/public partnership between employers, community providers and government to provide employers the qualified candidates they need and people with disabilities the opportunities they seek.