“When we work together cooperatively to lift the level of life for so many people, we can accomplish anything. When we do so, we eliminate the weakness of one person standing alone and substitute the strength of many serving together. While we may not be able to do everything, we can and must do something.” – Thomas S. Monson
Tonight we recognize and celebrate the achievements of O. Randall Woodbury – Randy to those who are close to him. He has tirelessly spent his time, talent and resources in lifting the level of life for people around him. He has unselfishly devoted his life to strengthening the weak, befriending those who stand alone, and unifying those around him in the service of others. Randy understands that he can and must do something to help those in need. His soft spoken, gentle ways encourage all around him to join in his efforts. Shunning fanfare and the limelight, Randy just rolls up his sleeves and gets to work.
Randy Woodbury is the President of Woodbury Corporation, a family real estate firm since 1919 which specializes in the development and management of retail, office and hotel projects. He received a BA degree in Finance from the University of Utah and spent 7 years in mortgage banking. Since 1981, he has directed Woodbury Corporation’s property management operations, during which time the company’s portfolio has grown to exceed 12.5 million square feet in 11 Western and Midwestern states. It was in May of last year that Randy assumed the role of President.
Randy is extensively involved in real estate management. He sits on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Realtors and is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Locally, Randy served as the President of the Utah Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) in 1992, and was named “CPM of the Year” in 1993, 2000 and 2005. Nationally, he chaired various committees and task forces, served as Regional Vice President and Senior Vice President until 2007 when he was nominated to move into the officer chairs. He became IREM’s 2010 International President – exactly 50 years after his grandfather served in that same role!
As the international president of IREM, Randy traveled extensively around the world making presentations. Some of those locations include: Canada, Korea, Japan, Hungary, Germany, Ukraine and Russia.
In our community, Randy stays involved in Rotary, the U of U Research Park Advisory Committee, Director of American Bank of Commerce in Provo and also Hylon-Koburn Chemicals in Salt Lake City. He has served on the board of the Granite Education Foundation since 1997 and was its president from 2001-2004. While serving the Foundation, he raised funds amounting to an average of $250,000 a year. For the past 9 years, Randy has chaired the annual Excel Academy summer retreat for outstanding teachers and administrators in Granite School District.
Scott Whipple, past Executive Director of the Foundation, states that he has nothing but admiration for Randy. “He continued to do Excel even when he was the President of the International Institute of Real Estate Management. He traveled an average of 275 days per year. It would have been easy for him to step down, but Randy’s commitment to serving our community with great care and expertise kept him involved, quietly taking care of business. He wants no recognition, no fanfare. He wants only to do everything he can to make a difference.”