Randy Horner

Randy Horner

Chief of Staff

CHC Consulting

San Clemente, CA USA

Making choices to fulfill someone’s else’s needs is what leads to having regrets—avoid that at all costs.


My road in life has taken me all over.
Changed my major numerous times until I found one that I was passionate about.
Graduated college as a stepping stone to be competitive and meet the requirements of future goals.
Enlisted in the Marine Corps and found a path to commissioning, in spite of the obstacles I faced.
Stayed true to what I wanted to do and put my best effort in all that I attempted.
Made the choice to stay in the military and serve my nation.
Took on the responsibilities of a husband and raising some children in this crazy world.
Retired from the Marines after 24 years of service, landing a new job in the private sector for the first time.
Keep following my journey


High School
Fountain Valley High School
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Cal State Fullerton
MBA in Strategic Leadership
New England College


Chief of Staff

I work for the company President, managing their business affairs while advocating for the staff, and vice-versa.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

In my current job, I attend meetings with my boss that are conducted with folks internal external to the business. I provide recommendations and advice, while also facilitating communications and insight on the direction the boss wants. I am an advocate both to the boss to make more informed decisions, and to the executives as well.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Go talk to people that are already doing it, build a network and find a mentor to help you guide through the challenges. It’s always better to learn from others so that when faced with a decision, you have more context and are better informed. Find out what the employer is looking for—and make sure you have as many of those requirements and qualities that they are looking for!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

MBA in Strategic Leadership


The Noise I Shed

From Friends:

"You're crazy for joining the military after college."

Challenges I Overcame

Not putting forth my best effort to be competitive


What can you tell me about your time in the Marine Corps/what skills did you pick up along the way?

Asked by Kyle at CSUF

You have to be a listener, you have to have people trust you, your credibility is everything. You have to be sincere, you have to outwork those who work for you; you lose your people's confidence if you are useless. Reputation is everything.

As an aspiring Officer Candidate, is there anything you recommend pursuing/learning on the way there

Asked by Kyle at CSUF

Learn who you are, what you are good at. Learn why you want the responsibility to lead others, to possibly have them follow your orders and fail. Leaders aren't bullies, they dont complain. Leaders are action-oriented and will make their own path.

What was the reason you chose your major/do you feel it was a solid plan for a decent paying job?

Asked by Kyle at CSUF

I struggled in college with majors that weren't interesting to me. If I'm bored of something I tend to put little energy towards it. Criminal Justice was interesting, real world problems and circumstances interested and focused me, so I graduated.

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