Randy Nelson

Author of The Third Decision, The Intentional Entrepreneur: Building A Regret-Free Life Beyond Business

Randy is the CEO of Gold Dolphins, LLC, a coaching, writing, speaking and consulting firm for entrepreneurs and leaders. Prior to Gold Dolphins, Randy built and sold two successful businesses (Orion International and NSTAR Global Services) which have produced over 1 billion in sales and remain industry leaders today. Recently, he launched The Decision Center™ in Garner, North Carolina, an off-site retreat center focused on leadership and entrepreneurial development.

Nicknamed the “Triangle’s Yoda” in Raleigh, North Carolina, he has a lifelong passion and successful track record for entrepreneurship and leadership. He served  6 ½ years as a Lieutenant in the Navy Nuclear Engineering Program, completing three years on the USS James Madison, a Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine from 1984-1987. Randy has a B.S. in Accounting from Miami University and was awarded the Admiral Sydney W. Souers Distinguished Alumni Award at his alma mater in 2011. Randy served 15 years on the General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center Advisory Board at North Carolina State University, chairing the board in 2014-2015. General Shelton was the nations 14th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997-2001, serving under President Clinton and President George W. Bush.

He is a contributor to Forbes, and was selected as one of the initial authors to publish under the Forbes Books logo. His first book in his Decision Series for Entrepreneurs®, “The Second Decision” is an Amazon # 1 best-seller. His second book in the series, The Third Decision; the Intentional entrepreneur – living a regret-free life beyond business was recently published in February 2019 and is also a #1 best-seller.

He and his wife Kristi reside in Clayton, NC. They have six grown children, five grandsons and one granddaughter