Randy Malchow Breathes Grace – Oh Abundant Grace!
During our breakfast at the Asheville Christian Business Fellowship – I was struck by Randy’s understanding of grace for the business person. His story will sound familiar in parts & hopeful throughout. What you don’t know is that he’s been on a crazy ride with God for years & we get to hear his story!
Randy Malchow comes to WGNW to Chat
Join us online for Randy’s interview and be encouraged to step out in faith. Randy joins us in studio Saturday, March 15, 2014.
From Randy Malchow…
Chapel Road Consulting, LLC was born out of my desire to help others with start-up ventures, businesses that are in transition (generational, expansion, downsizing, merger/acquisition), or a business in operational or financial stress.
This desire came from my own journey of moving quite rapidly from a family-owned, single location petroleum products and lubricants distributorship to a private-equity owned holding company with 4 operating companies in 13 locations in a failing economy. It was a very painful process.”
Here is a little bit about my history. Growing up overseas has given me a much greater appreciation for these United States. In 1961, at the age of 5, we moved to Lahore, Pakistan. My father was a engineering consultant that help develop electric power infrastructure in third world countries. From Pakistan we moved to Beirut, Lebanon. During the 6-Day War in 1967 we were evacuated to Rome, Italy. After 2 months in Italy, we returned to a war torn Beirut. Beirut was known as the Paris of the Middle East before the ’67 war broke out. Beirut was resplendent with beautiful beaches and grotto’s, world-class hotels, and great restaurants. It unfortunately struggles to this day.
Our next destination was Brazil, South America. The year was 1968. 3 years in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil attending Escola International de Curitiba. I graduated from 9th grade here. My class consisted of 5 students. 1971 took us to Tehran, Iran, during the time of the Shah’s reign. I graduated from Tehran American School (TAS) in 1974, and went off to the University of Colorado in Boulder. In 1976, I transferred to the University of Redlands in Southern California. I played football for the University of Redlands Bulldogs, and graduated with a degree in Business Management in January 1979.
My first position after graduating was in banking operations. My aspirations at this time was to transition over into International Banking. I was soon offered a entry-level position at the banks international division in downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles is an expensive place to live, and not being able to find $25 for entertainment each month, on an already tight budget, I elected to leave the banking industry. I then spent the next 7 years in one capacity or another in less-than-truckload (LTL) trucking. I held numerous positions such as supervisor, Operations Manager, and finally Terminal Manager. This industry at certain levels requires a 24 X 7 commitment.
Finally coming to my senses, and with our first child on the way, I joined Poma Distributing Company, Inc. in 1988. (Poma Distributing Company was, and is today, a wholesale distributor of gasoline, diesel fuel, and lubricants. Poma was one of the pioneers in unattended commercial fueling in the Southern California region. From 1988 until 2006, the company grew very successfully. In 2006, the company was sold off to a private equity group based in Southern California. This is when my real education began. It was quite a ride, and I would estimate that I received 50 years worth of education in 6 years, as well as real-life experiences worth at least 2 to 3 PHD’s.
I consider myself to be flexible, diligent, and persevering, with a high degree of integrity. I am optimistic with the right mix of realism.
“Integrity” is one of several paths. It distinguishes itself from the others because it is the right path and the only one upon which you will never get lost. M H McKee