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Young Memphis Spotlight: Randy Spicer

If you haven't yet heard about some of these young leaders, you will soon enough.

These 10 powerhouses – the Young Memphians Class of 2013 -- are making a mark, driven by passion for their work and a desire to raise the stakes for Memphis. As a result, these influential professionals are making the best kind of difference in a town that increasingly looks for innovation and energy.

Memphis requires the mix of entrepreneurship, dedication and spunk found in these 10 dynamos. Some are homegrown, some out-of-towners. They’re involved in the community outside their work, and they have ideas on how to make Memphis a better all-around place.

Photo by Troy GlasgowRandy Spicer
Plant Controller at Nucor Steel

When Nucor decided to restart the Birmingham steel mill at Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park, Randy transferred from the plant in Crawfordsville, Ind. "It was a promotion, going from accounting supervisor to controller and to be part of building something from the ground up," he says. And since then, he's enthusiastically thrown himself into making the most of Memphis.

One thing Nucor is big on is developing partnerships with schools. The company is working with Southwest Tennessee Community College on an internship program with an eye to bringing students in as employees someday. Although, he notes, Nucor doesn't call them employees: those who work there are teammates. "We're decentralized, not with a lot of layers but a lot of opportunities," Randy says. "You can shine in the Nucor culture."

He's also big on contributing to the community. As one example, Nucor has adopted Mitchell High School, providing tutoring and mentor programs. Randy admits to being a Yankee, but one who loves the jewels in Memphis.

"There is so much to be proud of," he says, "and we need to celebrate our wins."

- Jon Sparks

Photo by Troy Glasgow:

Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park
Nucor Corporation
Southwest Tennessee Community College

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