Randy H. Nelson is a speaker, a coach, a qualified entrepreneur, and a former nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He founded and later sold two multi-million dollar companies – Orion International and NSTAR Global Services. NSTAR and Orion were ranked #8 and #9 at the same Fast 50 awards ceremony in 2012 after 22 and 10 years of business, respectively. Randy now runs Gold Dolphins LLC, a coaching and consulting firm to help entrepreneurial leaders and CEOs become Qualified Entrepreneurs and achieve their maximum potential.
During his time in the Navy, Randy gained invaluable leadership skills at a very young age and became qualified in both submarine operation and engineering. As his career moved to entrepreneurial endeavors and business leadership, Randy found that CEOs are not required to become qualified in their skill sets as he was required on his submarine. Taking his experience from the Navy and applying it to the business world, Randy developed a system for entrepreneurs to determine their most efficient role and make the decision to become a Qualified Entrepreneur in his #1 best-selling book, The Second Decision: The Qualified Entrepreneur.
Randy has been a member of both the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and Vistage (Global CEO Peer Group) for over 10 years. He is a strong believer in continued learning and has attended the EO Birthing of Giants program at MIT from 1999-2001 in addition to the EO Advanced Business Program at MIT from 2006-2007. Randy has served on the General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center Advisory Board for the past 12 years and is the current Board Chair. General Shelton was the 14th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997-2001, serving under both President Clinton and President George W. Bush