Meet Randy H. Nelson
Entrepreneurship and Leadership
Nicknamed the “Triangle’s Yoda” in Raleigh, North Carolina, Randy H. Nelson has a lifelong passion and successful track record for entrepreneurship and leadership. Randy is currently the CEO of Gold Dolphins, LLC, a coaching, writing, speaking and consulting firm for entrepreneurs and leaders. Prior to Gold Dolphins, Randy’s 30+ year entrepreneurial career includes the creation, growth and sale of two successful businesses (Orion International and NSTAR Global Services) which have produced over $1 billion in sales and remain industry leaders.
Randy was one of the founding members of the Entrepreneur’s Organization in Raleigh, NC in 1998 and spent 20+ years as a member, transitioning to a Strategic Partner in 2019. Randy was an Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2001. He has been a member of Vistage for 15+ years and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Vistage in 2018. EO and Vistage are global CEO organizations focused on leadership, entrepreneurship and business growth.
Randy served 6 ½ years as a Lieutenant in the Navy Nuclear Engineering Program, completing three years on the USS James Madison, a Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine from 1984-1987. Randy has a B.S. in Accounting from Miami University and was awarded the Admiral Sydney W. Souers Distinguished Alumni Award at his alma mater in 2011. Randy served 15 years on the General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center Advisory Board at North Carolina State University, chairing the board in 2014-2015. General Shelton was the Nation’s 14th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997-2001, serving under President Clinton and President George W. Bush.
He's a contributor to Forbes and was selected as one of the initial authors to publish under the ForbesBooks logo. His first and second books in his Decision Series for Entrepreneurs®, The Second Decision: The Qualified entrepreneur and The Third Decision: The Intentional entrepreneur, are
Amazon # 1 bestsellers.
Randy launched The Decision Center™ in Garner, North Carolina, an off-site retreat center focused on leadership and entrepreneurial development.
He and his wife, Kristi, reside in the Raleigh, NC area. They have six grown children, five grandsons and one granddaughter.
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