Mentor of the Year
Young Professionals of Knoxville is pleased to announce Randy Boyd at the 2018 Mentor of the Year. This award goes to one executive level community leader who impacts others, especially young professionals, in the community as a leader or mentor. It is the highest honor awarded by the Young Professionals of Knoxville. Congratulate Randy in person at the Impact Awards on Friday, November 16! You can get your ticket at ypknox.com/impact-awards.
Randy Boyd was appointed interim President of the University of Tennessee in September 2018. Randy will serve as the chief executive officer of a statewide university system that includes campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin, the Health Science Center in Memphis, the Space Institute in Tullahoma, and statewide Institute of Agriculture and Institute of Public Service.
He is the founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, a Knoxville-based business with more than 700 employees and offices in six countries, developing and selling more than 4,600 pet products under the brands PetSafe, Invisible Fence and SportDOG. He also serves as chairman of Boyd Sports, owner of the Tennessee Smokies, Johnson City Cardinals, and Greeneville Reds.
In 2015-2016, he served as the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. During his two years as the state’s chief business recruiter, Tennessee experienced unprecedented economic growth – including a record-breaking 50,000 new job commitments, more than $11 billion in new capital investment, and becoming number one in the nation for job growth in advanced industries, number one in the nation for foreign direct investment, number one in the nation for small business growth, and second among all states in the nation in the growth of median family incomes.
Randy is also a former Chairman of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and served as Gov. Bill Haslam’s Special Adviser for Higher Education and was the architect of the state’s Drive to 55 workforce initiative, and Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect scholarship programs to help more students and adults go to college, tuition-free. He is also the founder and Chairman of tnAchieves, that recruits and trains mentors, students and provides other operational support for the Tennessee Promise scholarship program.
Randy’s advice for Young Professionals?
“Don't be afraid to take risks, dream big, and set big hairy audacious goals!”