DC Water has been fortunate to achieve many awards over the recent years, based primarily on the tremendous people who work for us directly, and for our many excellent partners and collaborators. Yet upon occasion there is an individual that stands out and deserves special attention. Randy Hayman, our excellent General Counsel, is such a case – and is the recent recipient of a Minority Business Leader Award from the Washington Business Journal (WBJ).
I was fortunate to be one of the many who attended the sold-out event on March 20 to honor 25 minority business leaders from the District region. The WBJ produced a two-minute video for each of the awardees, which are inspirational and educational to watch. Start with the video from Randy below, and then if you have the time, take a look at some of the rest. They are well worth the time! You can also read interviews with Randy and the other award winners in the Business Journal and on its website.
Two points stand out for me. The first is that we are fortunate to have Randy on our team. For an organization of this size and scope, the range of legal issues that arise is daunting. Yet Randy handles this never-ending workload with grace and wisdom, and ultimately provides what anyone in my position seeks – thoughtful, experienced, helpful counsel. He is our General Counsel in every sense of that word, and we rarely take any significant step forward without gaining his advice.
The second is the remarkable diversity of the folks honored last evening – race, gender, age, nationality for sure, but also the wide range of businesses they represent. Their diversity is a great strength of the Washington, DC region, we have talent and perspective from across the country and globe, in every age group and gender – and in business angles that have expanded far beyond the government origins of our economy.
I came away energized, feeling fortunate Randy decided to come from St. Louis back to the location of his law school studies, and more convinced than ever that diversity is a fundamental strength for any region, city and organization!