Endorsements of Gene Randall’s work
(Media training, speech training)
Jeff Oldham, Managing Director, 720Strategies, Washington, DC: “Gene takes the time to gain a full understanding of our clients’ issues and needs. Along with that understanding comes the unique perspective that only a former news anchor can bring. The end product: the most comprehensive, probing media training we could ask for. The results are highly measurable”.
Scott W. Reed, Chesapeake Enterprises, Washington, DC: “Gene Randall really puts my clients through the paces in preparation for big media events. He hits you from every angle and leaves no stone unturned.”
Peter Mirijanian, Peter Mirijanian Public Relations, Washington, DC:
“Gene’s extensive background as a broadcast journalist has made him invaluable to me and my clients as I prepare them for everything from Capitol Hill testimony to media interviews. He is meticulously prepared to ask the tough questions that clients can expect and helps me craft the messages that will help them negotiate an often tough terrain”.
Cheron Brylski, The Brylski Company, New Orleans: “Gene was able to zero in on my client’s strengths and weaknesses. By the end of the training, we were able to honestly assess where our media campaign was going. It was the best money we could have spent”.
Greg Mueller, Pres., CRC Public Relations, Alexandria, VA: “With his network TV news background, Gene Randall helps corporate clients get their message out and enables them to better deal with the media by giving them the benefit of his decades of real-world journalism experience. Gene is partnering with us in both media training and on-line interviewing”.
Mark French, President, Leading Authorities: “In 20 years of being in the lecture and meetings industry I have come to appreciate the value a moderator adds to a meeting. For years we have suggested Gene to our clients for one simple reason: he is the best. His ability to keep a conversation on message, entertaining, and insightful is unrivaled. This comes with prep work, a great stage presence and the ability to get the audience involved. I can’t recommend Gene enough”.
Louis Gabanna, Managing Director, North America, COLAS: “Your  role as news anchor for the CPI workshop session was one we knew you would readily fill. What we didn’t expect was the journalistic expertise, honed by your career in network news, that elevated the quality of the session. Your thought provoking questions, diligent research and stage presence made the session even better than we hoped for. The payoff for the workshop..is ongoing”.
Neal Asbury, 2007 District Export Council Conference Coordinator:
“The Great Debate: The Future of U.S. Trade” was one of the most important international trade events of the year. The expert manner in which Gene moderated the panels had everyone clinging to their seats. His preparation was stellar. Gene had a firm grip of the issues every step of the way and his involvement was absolutely essential to the overwhelming success of our conference.”
Roy Paulson, Vice Chair, California Inland Empire, 2008 District Export Council National Meeting Coordinator: “Gene.. an overwhelming response to the rousing debates and your success in Tampa drove the decision to request your services here in California. We thank you”.
Felicia Grammas, former Sr. VP, Marketing, NCB: “Fully versed in the subject at hand (Big Box Stores), Gene unobtrusively guided the discussion to address the specialized interests of our stockholders and customers. He intuitively worked to the strengths of the panel participants. I’ve had great, unsolicited feedback on how engaging and thought-provoking the panel segment was.”
Geralynn Kottschade, 2005-2006 NACE Chairman: “Gene Randall’s professionalism, humor and experience and his ability to make his panel feel comfortable created one of the most successful Town Hall Sessions we ever experienced. Gene did his homework, understood the issues and asked the right questions. He delivered exactly what we wanted.“
Elizabeth Bailey, Exec. Dir., Co-operative Development Foundation: “Gene brings a valuable journalist’s skill and perspective to your event. He did his homework and knew our business when the cameras rolled! Our panel members gave better presentations and crisper answers because of his professionalism as a moderator and an interviewer. Gene is a real pro!”
Mike Rioux, Former President, Industry Data Exchange Association:
“Many thanks for the outstanding job moderating “The (2007) Power of Information” panel. Your research, preparation and style helped set the tone for the entire event and have gotten rave reviews. The way you conducted the panel energized the audience and it was one of the most popular sessions. Thank you again for helping make our program top notch”.
John McManus, Editor-in-Chief, BIG BUILDER, Program Coordinator, BIG BUILDER POWER PANEL ‘06: “I especially appreciate your willingness to prepare incisive questions and provocative challenges to get your panel to address such critical, timely issues with insight, graciousness, good humor and intellect. Once again, your role will be remembered as one that brought authority, illumination and credibility in an especially challenging period for our industry.”
Tony Fabrizio, Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates, Alexandria, VA: “Gene Randall’s network news experience gives your clients the extra edge they need. From his highly professional and compelling video productions to his rigorous and exhaustive media training sessions, you and your clients get 110% from him, on time and on budget”.
Sam Singer, Singer Associates, “PRWeek” (online): “The hiring of former CNN reporter Gene Randall was a stroke of genius by Chevron. As a former international correspondent for CNN, he brings great credibility to whatever he does”.
Robert Gaylord, President and CEO, Industry Data Exchange Association E-Biz Forum, 2008: “ .. as our first ever Master of Ceremonies.. you successfully created a smooth flow .. and the event was greatly enhanced because of your professionalism, experience, style and preparation. As a moderator and provocateur, you kept the panels on track and transformed the discussions into so much more than we could have hoped. Our staff looks forward to working with you again!”
Alan Holmer, former President and CEO, PhRMA: “Thanks so much for what you did to make PhRMA’s annual meeting such a success. You are a gifted speaker and interviewer and I was especially impressed by your humor and the obvious extensive preparation that went into your effort”.
Karen Ignagni, fmr. Pres. and CEO, American Association of Health Plans/Health Insurance Association of America: “Gene Randall added significant value to our conference. He is a spectacular moderator who does his homework and keeps sessions moving with finesse and charm.”
Mark Merritt, Pres. and CEO, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association:
“Gene did his homework, learned our issues and kept our meetings running smoothly. I`d highly recommend any group hosting an important meeting to hire Gene Randall.”
(Interviewing newsmakers for a live audience)
Craig Fuller, former President and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores: “I can tell you that all of us found your interview with Dr. Henry Kissenger simply extraordinary…the highlight of the meeting…Watching someone who has counseled heads of state and several of our own..presidents think through the thoughtful issues you put before him is something that is just not possible in any other format”.
Kerley LeBoeuf, former President and CEO, National Association of Convenience Stores: “..the interview with Kissenger (was) a big add to the program. I am usually skeptical of post-speech interviews, but this week at NASCDS has made me rethink my skepticism..the right interviewer is the key”.
Samuel Berger, former U-S National Security Advisor: “Having often been interviewed by Gene for both domestic and international audiences, I know his work has always been marked by thoroughness and a firm understanding of the subject at hand”.
Mark Dresner, fmr. VP, Communications, The Engelhard Corporation (now part of BASF): “Your contributions were a critical factor in the success of the conference (Jan, 2005). The feedback has been universally positive. Participants felt you brought an element of professionalism, authenticity and insight, and they were impressed by your knowledge and understanding of what the company is trying to accomplish”.
J.P. Moery, former V.P. for Federation Relations, U-S Chamber of Commerce: “Thank you for making the (2006) ACCE-U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Leadership Conference in Pasadena a rousing success. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Your presentation was a major part of our accomplishment”.
Paul Bledsoe, National Commission on Energy Policy: “..your involvement helped make the event (Oil Supply Crisis Simulation) much more immediate and realistic”.