Randall C. Ferguson, Jr., is a retired executive from the IBM Corporation. Ferguson spent 29 years with IBM in various sales, management, and executive positions. His last position at IBM was Senior Location Executive for the Kansas City Region and Senior State Executive for Kansas and Missouri. He was responsible for programs and policy implementation essential to IBM’s interests, reputation and involvement relating to both the internal IBM community of 900 employees, and to the outside community. Responsibilities included government relations, community relations, and all IBM philanthropic grants. After IBM, he was recruited to be the senior vice president for business growth and member connections for The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. His responsibilities included membership, technology, small business activities, aviation, minority business alliances, the economic advisory board, and the world trade center. After The Chamber, he spent two years as the senior partner of business development for Tshibanda & Associates, LLC, a consulting and project management services firm. He was responsible for developing and maintaining business relationships and opportunities in the corporate, government, and civic arenas.
Ferguson is currently a corporate director on the boards of Great Plains Energy, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and Shelter Mutual Insurance Company. His current community activities include: Board of Directors, Jacob and Ella Loose Foundation; UMKC Bloch School Advisory Board; Board of Directors, United Way of Greater Kansas City; Board of Directors, Full Employment Council; Board of Directors, Truman Heartland Community Foundation; Board of Directors, Local Investment Commission; Board of Directors, National Association of Corporate Directors Heartland Chapter; Chair, Board of Directors, Brush Creek Enterprise Center.
Ferguson has received numerous community awards and recognition, including: Selected 1991 SCLS Black Achiever in Business and Industry; Selected One of Kansas City’s 100 Most Influential African-Americans by the Kansas City Globe, 1992-1998, 2009; Selected One of Kansas City’s 25 1993 Up and Comers by Kansas City Business Journal, Junior Achievement, and Mayor Hoffman McCann; Awarded the 1994 Individual Leadership Award, Corporate Volunteer Council of Greater Kansas City, an affiliate of the United Way; Awarded the 1995 Alumni Achievement Award, University of Arkansas Chapter of the National Associate of Black Accountants; Awarded the 1995 Leadership Award, Black Alumni Society of the University of Arkansas Alumni Association; Awarded 1999 Distinguished Alum, Kansas City Tomorrow Leadership Program Alumni Association; Awarded 1999 Distinguished Leadership Award, National Association of Community Leaders; Awarded 2000 Distinguished Community Service Award, Urban League of Greater Kansas City; Awarded 2000 Living Legacy Award, Black Students Associate, University of Arkansas; Awarded 2000 Community Service Award, University of Arkansas Alumni Association; Awarded 2006 Silas Hunt Legacy Award, University of Arkansas; Inducted 2007 into the Arkansas Academy of Computing; Inducted 2008 into the Missouri Walk of Fame.
Ferguson is an honor graduate of the Walton School of Business of the University of Arkansas.
Ferguson was born in Camden, Arkansas and attended public schools. He and his wife Helen have a blended family of five sons and four grandchildren.