Randy Boyd, Knoxville businessman and Republican candidate for governor, will join friends and supporters tomorrow for a statewide announcement tour kickoff in Nashville
The kick-off will take place at noon at the Waller Conference Center on the 27th floor of the Nashville City Center across from the State Capitol.
Boyd, a Knoxville businessman and philanthropist, served in Gov. Bill Haslam’s cabinet as the state Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and was the architect of the state’s Drive to 55 workforce development initiative and the tnAchieves and Tennessee Promise scholarship programs to help more young people go to college.
Boyd is also the founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, headquartered in Knoxville, with over 700 employees worldwide and with offices in seven countries.
First started out of the back of Boyd’s van, the company today produces over 4,600 pet products under brand names such as Invisible Fence, PetSafe, and SportDOG. It is a privately held corporation with revenues approaching $400 million. Boyd is also owner of Boyd Sports LLC, owner of the Tennessee Smokies Baseball team, the AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, and the Johnson City Cardinals, a rookie league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Boyd and his wife Jenny have been married for 32 years and have two children, Harrison and Thomas, a daughter-in-law Lindsey, and a beloved dog, Oskar. They reside in Knoxville and are members of Erin Presbyterian Church.