On June 6th, New York/Florida Regional Director of Community Banking Alan Randolph was among this year’s “Business of Pride” honorees.
These awards, provided by the South Florida Business Journal at a celebration in Miami’s Epic Hotel, honor LGBTQ+ executives. Recipients like Alan are recognized for excelling in business, as well as advocating for the LGBTQ+ community.
June is Pride Month, a great time to think about how diversity enriches our company and community.
Alan reflected upon his experiences as an executive in the LGBTQ+ community in an interview:
What advice do you have for young LGBTQ professionals looking to move up in the corporate or professional world?
“Follow your passion, work hard and make a difference.”
As an LGBTQ professional, what responsibility do you and your peers have to foster, encourage, or advocate for inclusion in the workplace?
“There are many LGBTQ employees at Bank OZK. I am always available to discuss whatever issue that needs to be addressed. Being authentic and a mentor is important to me.”
Do you think LGBTQ business owners face different challenges than straight business owners?
“No, I don’t. A good business owner has the ability to control his or her destiny by making the “right” choices for their company. That person could be gay or straight.”
During Pride Month and throughout the year, we welcome and appreciate the LGBTQ+ members of the Bank OZK community. Congratulations Alan!