Being a Texas boy, Randy fresh water fished, hunted, and participated in rodeos throughout high school and in the Navy until he broke a wrist at Camp Pendleton on a saddle bronc horse. While in the U S Navy Randy was assigned to several air squadrons and attached to the aircraft carrier USS Rangers where he got to spend 65 days in the Indian Ocean during the Iranian hostage situation. Randy also served 2 years onboard The USS William C Lawe. After his ten year tour with the Navy, he was medically discharged.
Randy also owned a dry wall business, worked on the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power plant Glenn Rose Texas, General Dynamics on the F16, LTV on the B-2 Bomber. When his family moved to RI he went to work for Goetz Custom Boats building the first composite America’s Cup Boat for Dennis Connor, Bill Koch and several more. With an acquired love for the water and sporting, Randy obtained his 100 Ton Masters Captain License, worked for a towing company for a few years, then went to work as a Security Manager for TSA and started up a sport fishing charter business with his wife and family.
In the winter of 2012 Randy was honored to receive a call from Capt. Kathy Granfield; President and founder of Veteran Angler Charters, a CT based non-profit group whose mission is to offer free charter fishing trips to our active duty, retired, wounded and recovering veterans and their families, providing recreational rehabilitation and therapeutic support. Capt. Granfield asked me if he would be willing to help out fellow brother and sisters that have served this great country by taking them out fishing at no cost to them. Of course, they jumped at the chance. Since teaming with Veteran Angler Charters, his family, friends and other generous supporters have helped raise thousands of dollars and he has personally taken more than 100 local veterans on fishing trips based out of Rhode Island.
In addition to his desire and devotion to giving back to our service men and women and to the sport of fishing, Randy has a true passion for hunting both large and small game. In 2016 he was honored when a former Marine nominated him and he was named the 2016 Rhode Island Sportsman of the Year by the RI Federation of Sportsmen and the State of Rhode Island House of Representatives.