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MMAC selects Randy Gray as 2011 distinguished alum

l-r: Lauren Kersting, Randy Gray, Dean Bob Rogow

EKU's Department of Management, Marketing and Administrative Communication is pleased to announce that Mr. Randy A. Gray has been selected as their departmental distinguished alum for 2011.

Mr. Gray was honored during a presentation on Friday, April 1, 2011, at the annual College of Business and Technology College to Careers senior recognition luncheon.

The honor is reserved for special alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions through excellence, dedication, and service.

Mr. Gray earned his BBA in General Business from Eastern Kentucky University in 1969 continuing on to North Carolina State University where he earned his Masters in Economics and Statistics.  A lifelong learner, he continued on to pursue advanced PhD coursework and research also at NC State.

Prior to retirement, Mr. Gray was the Vice President and General Manager of Brunswick Boat Group Parts Accessories in Knoxville, Tennessee.  In that capacity, he developed a global marine parts and accessories business capable of delivering any aftermarket part or accessory on a same day or next day basis.  Positioning Brunswick as an industry leader, they acquired both the leading supplier of boat parts and accessories and leading marine aftermarket distributor of boating parts and accessories. 

No stranger to the boating industry, as President of Mercury Marine Corporation in Wisconsin, Mr. Gray transitioned a stagnant aftermarket supplier into a relative high growth, high margin business posting operating profits in excess of $100 million.  He also restructured their Africa Middle East Operations while Managing Director in Liege, Belgium, increasing sales by more than 65 percent.

Prior to this, Mr. Gray’s career was indeed world-wide.  He was the Chief Operating Officer for Click Commerce in Chicago where he led the company to its initial public offering in June of 2000.  While there, he developed strategic alliance partnerships with industry leaders and top industry executives from Global 1000 corporations.

He has been the Senior Vice President of Development and International Operations for Pettibone/Heico Corporation in Naperville, Illinois, where he led international growth initiatives resulting in substantial profit contributions.  He also participated in numerous acquisition initiatives leading to a seven-fold increase in company sales in just five years.

He was Managing Director of International Operations for CaseIH where he led the integration of Case and International Harvester businesses in agriculture and construction equipment in the non-Europe international markets.  And, as the Director of European Marketing at Walton-on-Thames in England, Mr. Gray led the consolidation of Case construction and agricultural operations and the integration of the Poclain and International acquisitions.

Quite an accomplished career indeed!

Today, Mr. Gray is most generous of his time.  He returns to EKU frequently to serve on the EKUBusiness Advisory Council and mentor students as they prepare to engage in the career transition process.

Congratulations, Mr. Gray, on being selected as the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus representing the Department of Management, Marketing and Administrative Communication.

The college also honored distinguished seniors for the year as selected by their respective departments within the College of Business and Technology. Ms. Lauren Crystal Kersting, a marketing major from Covington, Ky., was selected as the MMAC departmental distinguished senior as well as the College of Business & Technology Distinguished Senior.  In addition, recipients of scholarships and awards for the 2010-11 academic year were recognized. Students were honored for outstanding achievement and more than 40 area employers were on hand to engage in networking activities with college graduating seniors.

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Published on March 31, 2011

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