James W. Randle Jr.

James W. Randle Jr.

Small Biz Advocate Group

Mr. Randle is a senior management professional with over 30 years of experience in both corporate and educational environments.  His areas of expertise include supplier development, supply chain management, sourcing, education, training, strategic planning, program management, team building, supplier and customer relations, communication, and customer satisfaction.  He is proficient at developing, implementing, and presenting innovative and effective training programs in a variety of fields.

In his 23-year career at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Randle held a series of increasingly responsible positions and received numerous awards and recognitions.  As senior manager of Small Business Programs for LM Aero in Fort Worth, Texas, he administered more than $1B subcontracted to small businesses, consistently achieving a rating of "highly successful" from customers.  His accomplishments included developing and implementing the Joint Strike Fighter Small Business Strategic Plan.  As weapon system small business programs manager in Marietta, Georgia, he developed and implemented the F-22 Weapon System Small Business Strategic Plan, earning the Secretary of the Air Force's Small Business Achievement Award.

In the role of small business administrator at Lockheed Martin's Marietta location, Mr. Randle was voted Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC) Advocate in 1990.  He served on the GMSDC board of directors from 1986 to1991 and the executive board from 1991 to 1994.  He also was chairman of the GMSDC Business Opportunity Fair for two years, earning a record surplus.  As training coordinator of the Materiel Branch, Mr. Randle developed, coordinated, and presented training programs for procurement and engineering that were commended by the Air Force as "Best of the Best" in 1985.  He also developed a small business training program that was adopted corporate-wide.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Randle served as a marketing education teacher-coordinator in Fulton County, Georgia, where he developed a competency-based curriculum that was adopted system-wide.  Earlier in his career he was a sales representative for Dun & Bradstreet in Atlanta.

Mr. Randle's community activities include developing and presenting training courses for various community organizations and writing a weekly Small Business Q & A column for the Fort Worth Business Press.  He was named one of the "Outstanding Men in Minority Business" by the Minority Business News in 1999.


Education Specialist, Vocational & Career Development degree, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
Master of Education (Administration & Supervision), West Georgia College, Carrollton, Georgia
B.S. in Marketing Management, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama