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Randall P. Bast


M.B.A. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 1986
B.S. in Finance – University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 1984

Licenses and Registrations
Certified Florida General Contractor (inactive)
Certified Real Estate Broker (expired)
World Taekwondo Federation Black Belt

Randall Bast, a Seasoned executive with strong track record of success, possessing nearly 30 years of experience providing dynamic, charismatic leadership and advisory services to both emerging growth and Fortune 1000 companies. He has extensive professional services experience helping transform companies into high-performance businesses through the creation of innovative business strategies, transformational business processes, and developing and implementing strategic information technology solutions. Enthusiastic, energetic professional with strong leadership, interpersonal, professional development and problem-solving skills.  Broad experience with all aspects of business management.

Business History:

PRIVATE INVESTOR / CONSULTANT / ADVISOR, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida           2002 –  Present

In addition to serving on several small business advisory boards, I have served on the Boards of the South Florida Chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO), the University of Florida MBA Advisory Board, the University School of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), and the Young Entrepreneur’s Council for the Wayne Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University.  I am currently serving as the Chairman of Mind Rocket, LLC after helping found the company in 2014 and working as the CEO for its first year and a half – a product design and innovation firm based in Colorado Springs, CO.  I am also serving as a Board Member for both Contract Logix – a contract management software company based in Lowell, MA and IntelliSoft Group – a medical credentialing software business based in Nashua, NH.  I also served on the Boards of Hostopia – a $100M web service provider out of Toronto; Anpesil, LLC – a $120M master candy distributor in the Northeast U.S.; Talagy – a $60M staffing and professional services company based in Jacksonville Florida; and Hillsboro Park Professional Center, LLC – a real estate development project responsible for the development and management of a nine-building office park, among others.

HOSTOPIA, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Toronto, Canada                                2005 – 2008

Board Member and Founding Shareholder.  Hostopia (Symbol TSX:H), a leading provider of web services that enable small and medium-sized businesses to establish and maintain an Internet presence by providing a broad suite of private-label web services and email solutions. Hostopia experienced three consecutive years of top line revenue growth in excess of 20 percent.  I was the only American elected to the Board (2007) of this Toronto-based, public company and was one of three Board Members including the CEO and the Chairman to participate on the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee and the Compensation Committee.  In June of 2008, Deluxe Corporation (NYSE: DLX) and Hostopia.com Inc. (TSX: H) announced that they had entered into a definitive agreement for Deluxe to acquire Hostopia.  In July 2008, Deluxe closed on the acquisition in an all-cash transaction that valued Hostopia at approximately $124 million.

CITRIX SYSTEMS, INC.  Ft. Lauderdale, Florida                                     2000  –  2002

Vice President, Worldwide Consulting Services.   As part of the acquisition of Innovex Group, was responsible for defining and building a Worldwide Consulting Services organization for the company.  Responsibilities included launching and staffing offices in New York, Chicago, San Mateo, London and Asia-Pacific, developing go-to-market strategies for working effectively with Citrix Sales and Channel Partners, integrating a new business practice into the Citrix environment, and developing training and methodologies for internal and external use along with Citrix products, among others. Vice President and General Manager, Vertigo Business Unit.  Moved into the product development area to help provide leadership to a newly formed business unit resulting from the acquisition of ViewSoft, a Utah-based software company.  Responsibilities included leading the planning, strategy, recruiting, product development, sales and marketing of products based on emerging technologies, including the Project Vertigo user interface (UI) server technology which was purchased by Citrix in mid-1999.  Reported directly to the Chairman and acting CEO of the company, as well as to the President.  Developed the strategy for integrating the Vertigo UI technology with Sequoia’s XML-based product suite. Resigned position with Citrix after the successful completion of a two-year earnout.

INNOVEX GROUP, INC. Miami, Florida                                                             1996 –  2000

Founder and CEO.  Formed Innovex Group on a modest investment and grew it organically into a successful technology consulting practice with numerous Fortune 1000 and emerging growth clients.  Innovex Group employed nearly 100 professionals, was on pace to generate approximately $15 million in revenue, and possessed a portfolio of some of the most prominent clients in Florida including Citrix Systems, CBS SportsLine, TradeStation Group, Royal Caribbean, Precision Response Corporation, IVAX Corporation, and Burger King Corporation, prior to being acquired in 2000.  Innovex ran in the black in every quarter of its existence.  Responsible for all aspects of the business including business strategy, business development, delivery, recruiting, professional development and financial management. In February 2000, Innovex Group was acquired for approximately $50 million in cash by Citrix Systems, Inc (Nasdaq: CTXS) to help form Citrix Consulting Services Worldwide.  Personally negotiated the entire deal without third party assistance.   All Innovex Group employees were retained in the acquisition and the group is largely intact today.

CAMBRIDGE TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS, Miami, Florida                        1995  –  1996

Managing Director, Southeast Region.  Responsible for approximately 120 consultants as Director of web-based and client/server practice area.   Managed $20 million consulting services revenue with responsibility for all aspects of business including business development strategy and execution, recruitment, and service delivery.   Significant clients included Office Depot, Ryder, Burger King Corporation, Saturn Automobile, Oakwood Homes and the Florida Marlins.

ANDERSEN CONSULTING (ACCENTURE), Miami, Florida                                  1986  –  1995

Senior Manager.  Ten years of increasingly responsible positions in information technology and business integration consulting.  Experienced in all aspects of business and systems planning, design, development, integration and rollout.  Strong leadership and interpersonal skills; strong general business, functional and technical skills.  Primary focus in Consumer Products – Retail and Food Service Industry Groups, Human Resources and Technology Strategy.  Key Clients included Burger King Corporation, J.C. Penney, SeaLand, Florida Power Corporation, Ryder, Cleveland Clinic and Kaiser Permanente, among others.  Detailed project roles can be provided upon request.  Participated on Southeast Region Recruiting Team.  Consulting Intern (1985).  Awarded first internship in the history of the Miami Office of Andersen Consulting which consisted of an entry level consulting position.  Clients included John Alden Life Insurance and Farm Stores.

Honors and Professional Affiliations:

  • Winner – 1998 South Florida Business Journal’s Small Business of the Year Award.
  • Florida Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Emerging Entrepreneur Category (1998, 1999 and 2000).
  • Finalist – Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Cutting Edge Award (1999 and 2000).
  • Nominated by Gulf States Region of Microsoft for Microsoft’s 1999 Best E-Commerce Solution and Best Small Business Solution Award (CBS Sportsline).
  • Innovex Group – Ranked 4th on the 1999 Florida 100 – the University of Florida’s list of the fastest growing, privately held companies in the state.
  • Innovex Group – Ranked 3rd on the 1999 Fast Tech 40 – the South Florida Business Journal’s fastest growing technology companies (public and private) 1999.
  • Innovex Group – Ranked 3rd on the 1999 Fast Track 40 – the South Florida Business Journal’s fastest growing privately owned companies.
  • Innovex Group – Ranked 4th on the Wall Street Journal’s list of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the State.
  • University of Florida’s MBA Program Alumnus of the Year for 2000.
  • Delivered the commencement speech for the Spring 2000 University of Florida MBA graduation ceremony.
  • Delivered the commencement speech for the Fall 2000 Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship MBA graduation ceremony at Nova Southeastern University.
  • Selected as a Judge for the South Florida Business Journal Business of the Year Awards (1999 – 2004).
  • Taught Junior Achievement class to select group of Seniors at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale (2003 – 2004).
  • Active member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO); Board Member 1998, 2002 – 2005; President 2003 – 2004; Presidents’ Council 2012 – 2016.
  • Active Member of the University of Florida MBA Advisory Board (2000-2006).
  • Active Member of Nova Southeastern University’s – University School Headmaster’s Advisory Board (2001-2005).
  • Active Member of Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneur’s Council (2003-2015)
  • Mentored Small Business owners through Entrepreneur Organization’s Accelerator Program to help prepare future members for qualification and entry into the Organization (2011 – 2013).
  • Received the Miami-Dade Public School Alumni Achievement Award from The Education Fund (2015).

Personal: Tennis, Snow Skiing, Wellness and Mentoring Entrepreneurs

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