We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Randall D Fox a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Hi Randall D, thanks for joining us today. Can you talk to us about a risk you’ve taken – walk us through the story?
After having been in the same career as an RN/Trauma/ Medic for 25 years, a transition and family move brought us to Atlanta, with that came the decision to either continue in my current career path (which honestly I loved what I did) but it was time for a change. With that came making some hard choices of what that career path would be. Having moved from Washington DC one of the things that missed most was Eastern Market, which (a little known fact) is one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the country., coupled that finding something that you enjoy and with a little bit of research brought us to where I am at today. It was a risk, but with risk comes great reward and joy. I love what I do, I still find it rewarding, challenging and it brings me great satisfaction every time. More than that, I get to see the positive impact that it has on the Artists and folks that we work with, as well as the community. Each event is a product of its self and each event is different than every time that it occurs. It continues to bring joy to the folks that attend and has a positive impact, who could ask for more when taking a risk.
Randall D, love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
I spent 25 (+) years as an RN/ Trauma/ Medic working the flight deck and Emergency room. Started my career as a pediatric trauma nurse and quickly rose in the ranks to be able to join the flight crew, a group of elite dedicated Nurses and Medics that worked hard each and every shift. I got into my present career because I wanted a change and I considered the things that I liked to do during my off time. What could be better than doing what you love to do on your off time – for work. One of my proudest moments was several years ago when an Artists came up to me at the end of the event, an older gentleman that was almost in tears, he was overcome with emotion, because he had just sold a very expensive work of art and landscape painting and the folks that purchased it paid him in full without hesitation. The Artist told me that he was at a point of losing his house due to the financial crisis that he was in (the whole country) was in and this sale was going to not only save his home but, give him enough cushion that he didn’t have to worry, moving forward. I knew at that very moment, I was doing what I was called to do. I love the impact that it has on every Artists that I work with and how they are able to create financially viable careers and that I get to be a part of that. I’ve made many friends and colleagues that respect that we are in a business together.
We’d love to hear a story of resilience from your journey.
I started this business and my X partner then joined me a short while later. When our relationship ended, many folks (including my X) thought that the business may not continue. Not only did the company continue, but we also grew the business and became stronger than ever before. The company was on a better footing and the staff/team was happier than they had ever been (we become a family) and with that, the strength of the company became better.
Where do you think you get most of your clients from?
Word of mouth.
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