Candace Randle: 40 Under 40 2013

Director, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, The RLJ Companies

A talented writer and storyteller, Candace Randle is most definitely one to watch. A consummate communicator, she has consistently earned key media coverage and executive visibility in top outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, CNBC, CNN, and Fox.

She is currently director of corporate communications and public affairs for The RLJ Companies, a wide-ranging portfolio of businesses that includes financial and insurance services, hotel real estate, private equity, sports, movies, and entertainment. She joined the group in 2008 and has helped boost the brand thanks to her skills in marketing, creative design, media relations, PR, and public and government affairs. Prior to joining RLJ, she served as an aide to Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and on the political team for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential election. Other key roles included working in the communications and media relations department for Gov. Mike Beebe (D-AR) and as a congressional aide for retired US Congressman Vic Snyder (D-AR). Early in her career, Randle worked with the Gore-Lieberman presidential ticket and was a member of the campaign writing team, one of only three campaign writers for Vice President Al Gore.

As an industry professional with more than 12 years’ experience, Randle is involved in membership organizations such as Washington Women in Public Relations and was previously associate editor of Powerplay, the first magazine in the state of Arkansas to highlight the depth and diversity of the African-American community. "Candace has exceptional talent as a writer and a media relations professional," says Traci Otey Blunt, SVP for corporate communications and public affairs at RLJ. "She exemplifies integrity, selflessness, and leadership and is also a forward thinker when it comes to creative design, event planning, and marketing," she adds. "Candace is a true rising star in the PR industry."

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