Randy Hernandez
Executive Vice President of Operations
Kenall Manufacturing

Weekend Executive MBA

Class of 2004

Council Affiliation:

Fuqua Alumni Council

Industry:

Manufacturing

Function:

Operations

Location:

Greater Chicago Area

Bio

Randall R. Hernandez has 30+ years of professional leadership experience ranging from new business development to turnaround and continuous improvement general management.  He earned his MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, his BS from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a management systems and operations concentration, and his AS in Mechanical Design from Moraine Park Technical College. Randy is currently an active member of the Fuqua Alumni Council.

Randy is the Executive Vice President of Operations at Kenall Manufacturing, where he’s engaged in leading all aspects of operations while concurrently keeping fresh the company’s ongoing operations strategy and implementation plan of the future. The current growth trajectory of Kenall requires continued capacity visibility and strategic adjustments. Randy’s orientation toward team involvement and collaborative leadership has all of the operation’s functional leaders involved in developing the growth and ongoing continuous improvement plans for continuous profitability and perpetual customer-oriented delivery enhancements.

He is also a member of the Board of Directors at The Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA), a leading business/community organization for driving economic development throughout Kenosha County, Wisconsin for ensuring growth, a robust economy, and a positive business climate for the area.

He comes from an extremely diverse general management and operational background, starting with the Brunswick Corporation, where he was most recognized for the creation of the operations component of a newly started 250M USD watercraft business unit (Mercury Performance Craft). He then moved to Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC), where he led the turnaround of the North Carolina engine manufacturing operation before jointly developing this segment’s corporate divestiture plan.

He moved on to successive leadership roles starting with Elkay Southern Corporation, where he also served on the Board of Directors at Carolina Commerce and Technical Development Center (COMtech), an organization chartered with developing preapproved industrial park properties slated for attracting and locating industrial businesses and educational centers, and served as its chair of the industrial committee. He moved to Schutt Sports in Illinois as its Vice President of Operations, then to Con-Tech Lighting Company in Northbrook, Illinois before joining Kenall as its Executive Vice President of Operations in 2012.