Willie began his career in the financial services industry on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in 1997. His goal is to help individuals and businesses achieve their financial objectives using appropriate investment strategies.
Prior to establishing an Edward Jones office, he served over 20 years in the United States Army and retired as a Major in 1996. Willie served in the Gulf War and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for service in a combat zone. He is married to Dr. Shirley Mason Randall, an Anesthesiologist, and they have a son, William Xavier Randall, who is also a financial advisor.
Willie’s educational background includes the following degrees: B.S. in Business Administration from Virginia State University in 1976; M.A. in Management/Public Administration from Webster University in 1978; M.B.A. in International Business from American Intercontinental University in 2003; M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from American Intercontinental University in 2006. He has also earned several certifications: Professional Financial Planner’s Designation from Old Dominion University in 2001; Accredited Asset Management Specialist Designation from the College for Financial Planning in 2003; Managing the Drucker Way at the Peter Drucker Institute of Claremont University in 2004; and Competitive Strategies in Financial Services from Harvard University in 2006.
Willie was named Veteran Businessman of the Year for Hampton Roads in 2001 and Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Small Businessman of the Year in 2004. He also achieved the Edward Jones Client Service Excellence Award in 2010, the Edward Jones Frank Finnegan Award in 2012, and the Edward Jones Jack Phelan Award in 2013 and 2014.
Willie is serving or has served on the following boards: Northampton County Board of Supervisors; Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees; Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Virginia State University Board of Visitors; Onancock Rotary Club; Accomack-Northampton Transportation Commission; Accomack-Northampton Planning District; and Eastern Shore Regional Jail Board.
During his tenure on the Northampton County Board of Supervisors, he has been elected by his fellow board members to be Chairman twice and Vice-Chairman twice. He has helped produce four balanced budgets for the County. The County debt services have been reduced from over $40 million to about $30 million. The County refinanced its bond interest rates from 5 to 3%, saving the County $6 million in interest payments. The County’s two elementary schools have been paid off, saving the County over $900,000 in debt payments. His signature accomplishment was funding the universal Pre-K program for all children in the county. With this program, each child in the County is allowed to attend public school at 4 years old.
Also during his term in office, Northampton County’s unemployment rate dropped from 8% in 2009 to 6.9%, according to the Virginia Employment Commission’s County Profile dated 10/21/2013.