Biz Boot Up Podcast 39: Doing the Unexpected with Randy Gardner and Arya Ramineedi

Welcome to the Business Boot-Up Edition of The Dreamers and Doers Podcast! We believe you are never too young to start a business. We’re bringing you live interviews from Loveworks Leadership in Norman, OK. Each of our episodes includes interviews with our youngest and more experienced entrepreneurs who will inspire, educate and give you an action step to help your leadership and business!

Powered by the Norman Chamber of Commerce and Sponsored by First United Bank.

Randy Gardner: President and CEO of the Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity

Randy oversees all aspects of the activities for the Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity which provides affordable mortgages for families to buy homes and provide guidance for them to be successful homeowners, works with our local community, and sponsors to bring more beauty to our cities and assistance to those who need it.

Randy also oversees the ReStore which provides DIY classes to the community and generates revenue from donations received from the public. 

Prior to joining Habitat, he served as Vice President of Finance and Operations for Pivot, a local nonprofit that provides youth programs and services; counseling; educational and vocational services; prevention, intervention, and diversion services to support overall well-being. An Air Force veteran, Randy, served 24 ½ years as a medical maintenance technician, facility manager, environment of care manager, financial services officer, budget officer, and comptroller.  After his retirement from active service, he served as subject matter expert and budget consultant for the B-1 bomber program at Tinker Air Force Base prior to entering the nonprofit sector. 

Randy is a certified nonprofit professional and has served as Board President for ABLE Community Based Services and as an elected member of McFarlin UMC Administrative Council. He currently serves on the McFarlin UMC Board of Trustees and as an Ambassador for the Norman Chamber of Commerce.

Arya Ramineedi: Wristworld

What would happen if students created a “Silicon Valley” style startup? Well, the answer would be Wristworld. Wristworld began as an experiential learning project three years ago in collaboration with Loveworks Leadership and Trifecta Communications, a tech and ad agency based in Oklahoma City. For months the students worked hard to design the interactive game, and eventually created Wrist World, an Augmented Reality video game spanning across 5 slap bands.

Arya Ramineedi, one of the co-founders of Wristworld and on the product development team, is 14 years old and a freshman at Norman High School. He is learning python, plays the piano and viola, and has been taking taekwondo lessons for almost 7 years. Arya wants to graduate from MIT and pursue a career in the field of engineering.

Key Takeaways

  • Serve for a greater purpose not just yourself
  • Prove them wrong
  • Be prepared to do more than what is expected of you 

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