Executive Council Profiles
C. Randell "Randy" Seale
I.T. Committee Chairman, Region 6 Commissioner
Randy Seale, the son of four generations of railroad men, was born in Birmingham, AL and grew up in Pensacola, FL. Randy holds Bachelor Degrees in History, and Economics; with a minor in Education. He has had numerous graduate courses in Operations Management, Finance, Economics, and Information Technology. Randy's professional career has included positions as Director of Operations, Sales Management, and various I.T. Management positions. He is currently the eCommerce Manager for a laboratory supply company.
As a youngster Randy became aware of his Scottish heritage from his Campbell grandmother, wore his first kilt in high school and has been actively involved in the Scottish Community since the 1990’s. Randy joined the Clan Campbell Society (NA) in 1997 and is now a Life Member of the CCS(NA). After becoming the “Assistant” Deputy Commissioner for South Alabama; Randy quickly earned a reputation as one of the strongest recruiters in Region 6. Randy’s professional training in Information Technology and Operations Management soon proved useful to the Clan Campbell Society. In early 2001, he was asked to take over the Membership Database Management for the CCS(NA) resulting in substantial cost savings and increased efficiencies. In 2003 Randy was awarded Clansman of the Year for his work in modernizing the accounting, business, and data management structure of the Clan Campbell Society (NA). Then CCS(NA) President Ed Cattell sited Randy, “for bringing the business of the Society into the 21st Century.” In 2004, Randy, in conjunction with the Clan Campbell Society President, updated and rewrote the Bylaws of the Clan Campbell Society (NA).
In 2004, Randy was appointed Internet and Technology Committee Chairman. In the first year, Randy was able to increase the number of visitors to the Clan Campbell Society web site a hundredfold to over 30,000 visitors a month, and make the website the number one search return for “Clan Campbell” on the Internet. In 2009 the Clan Campbell Society website moved into the top 1% of all websites in the world, in terms of web traffic, and it has remained there ever since.
In 2006 Randy was again awarded the Clan Campbell Society’s Clansman of the Year for his work on the Society web site, his modernizing work as Business Manager for the Journal of the Clan Campbell Society, and his work in establishing and maintaining communications with Society members in the devastated areas of Hurricane Katrina. At the Presentation Ceremony, CCS(NA) President Tommy Thomson was quoted as saying, “Randy’s dedication to the success of our Society is unsurpassed.”
In 2006 and 2007 Randy was responsible for developing the relationship with the Scottish Flag Trust (Scotland) and produced the Athelstaneford Saltire Flag Project for the Clan Campbell Education Foundation making flags flown at the A.D. 832 birthplace of the Scotland’s National flag available for the first time. Randy has been a long time member of the Board of Directors for the Clan Campbell Education Foundation and has been a member of various committees (Finance, Membership, Journal, Scholarship, etc.) for both the Society and the Foundation. After serving as the Alabama Deputy Commissioner, the Alabama Commissioner and the Region 6 Deputy Commissioner, in January 2009 Randy was appointed the Region 6 Commissioner. He is currently Project Manager for the Clan Campbell Society (NA) website redesign project.
Randy is knowledgeable in the fields of Scottish Highland Dress, Scottish history and is a third generation genealogist in his family. He has been a speaker at public schools and at Historic Societies on Scottish Dress and Scottish History. Randy has appeared numerous times on television, radio and in print promoting the Scottish Community. Randy has been published in the Scottish Community Press and has been a regular quarterly contributor to the Journal since 2001. He has been a regular Highland Games Tent Manager and attendee for nearly two decades. When asked how many Games he has attended, “I stopped counting when I hit 100 games.” Seale said. He is also currently pursuing Professional Certification by the National Association of Parliamentarians for the 11th Edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised.
Since joining the Scottish Society of Mobile in the late 1990’s, Randy has served as a Board member, and twice been Vice-President of the SSOM. Randy has been a very active member of the Board helping develop relationships across the central Gulf Coast with the Baldwin County Strawberry Festival, the Highlands and Islands Association (MS), the Pensacola Highland Games (FL), drafting the updated Bylaws, designing the Alabama State Tartan, and authoring both the Alabama State Tartan Day and the Alabama Scottish Heritage Month Proclamations which were signed by Alabama Governor Bob Riley on March 21, 2008. Randy has served as the Master of Ceremonies for the SSOM Robert Burns Supper and Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans services for years. Randy received the Scottish Society of Mobile’s 2007 President’s Award for Distinguished Service.
In 2009 Randy organized the first Scottish Gaelic Lecture in South Alabama with Mr. Lewis MacKinnon, Executive Director of Gaelic Affairs for the Province of Nova Scotia. (Mr. McKinnon was named Poet Laureate of Scotland in 2011). In 2009 the Mobile Association of Sages & Savants and the SSOM presented the joint program, “An Evening of Scottish Poetry” in which Randy was a featured presenter. In 2011 Randy organized the first ever Scottish Fiddle Concert in Mobile, AL. Internationally known performers Celtic fiddler Ed Pearlman and his son, pianist Neil Pearlman, headlined the concert. It was a sold out, standing room only event, bringing world class Scottish fiddle music and Scottish Step dancing to the Alabama Gulf Coast.
From 2010-2012, Randy was President of the Scottish of Mobile. During his term as President the Scottish Society focused on membership growth and became the largest, most active Scottish Society on the Northern Gulf Coast. “We owe our success to an excellent Board of Directors and a motivated membership. We try to educate and have fun at the same time.” Seale said. Randy continues to serve as a Board member of the Scottish Society of Mobile.
"The Honor is to Serve"