Randy Wilburn’s Bio:
Podcast communication strategist and entrepreneur Randy Wilburn is the founder of Encourage Build Grow, a firm dedicated to helping companies communicate, develop, and broadcast engaging podcasts. Randy welcomes opportunities to share his podcasting prowess across many verticals and has worked with design firms, engineers, architects, environmental consultants, planners, landscape architects, and construction managers. Under Randy’s guidance, these clients have created and launched internal podcast projects and brand-building customer-facing podcasts.
Randy is the founder and creator of the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast, where he focuses on covering the intersection of Business, Culture, Entrepreneurship, and Life in the Ozarks. He has interviewed many people and organizations, from Crystal Bridges, the Symphony of NWA (SONA), and the Pryor Center to Chef Matt Cooper, Gary Head of Signature Bank, and Serial Entrepreneur Omar Kasim.
Randy recently launched ONBoardNWA.com, a hyper-local job board aimed at connecting employers and job seekers in Northwest Arkansas. This platform serves as an extension of his commitment to community building and local economic development.
A natural-born communicator and self-described ambivert, Randy has been in the podcasting game since 2009, producing over 1,500 episodes. He has also trained more than 10,000 professionals in leadership development and communication strategy. With over a decade of Talent Acquisition consulting experience, Randy has successfully placed more than 100 candidates in job positions across the U.S. His diverse career includes roles as a teacher, travel/real estate entrepreneur, and production assistant at ABC News Network. He is a proud graduate of Howard University.
Born in Virginia and raised in Northern New Jersey, Randy credits his grandparents for instilling self-confidence, determination, and a solid moral compass in him. He lives by the golden rule in his personal and professional lives and is never swayed from his belief that it costs nothing to be nice to others.
Randy is most proud to be a loving husband to Nicola and a dad to three boys, Joshua, Nathan, and Aiden. When he’s not working, he enjoys journaling, cycling, playing basketball, and rooting for any Pittsburgh sports franchise, especially the Steelers.
Short Version (I am Northwest Arkansas):
Randy founded and created the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast, which focuses the intersection of Business, Culture, Entrepreneurship, and Life in the Ozarks. He has interviewed many people and organizations, from Crystal Bridges, the Symphony of NWA (SONA), and the Pryor Center to Chef Matt Cooper, Gary Head of Signature Bank, and Serial Entrepreneur Omar Kasim.
Randy’s podcast is also featured on local and national NPR affiliates and NPR ONE.
Recently, he launched ONBoardNWA.com, a job board aimed at strengthening the Northwest Arkansas community. With over a decade in Talent Acquisition, Randy has placed more than 100 candidates in roles across the U.S. He has produced over 1,500 podcast episodes and trained 10,000+ professionals in leadership development and communication.
He is a graduate of Howard University. Randy sits on the board of Ozark Natural Foods.
He lives in Fayetteville, AR, with his wife, Nicola, and three teenage boys.
I Am Northwest Arkansas
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