Randy was raised on a farm in central Alabama and attended Chelsea High School. He majored in Engineering at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). He began his career working for the Alabama Highway Department surveying proposed routes for the Interstate system. In 1974, he transferred to Highway Construction and while there became chief inspector for two major highway construction projects, four reinforced earth-wall projects and Assistant Project Manager for two bridge construction projects. In 1981 he became District Permit Engineer in Jefferson County to review all permit requests for the use of Right of Way. In 1983 he became Operations Engineer where he supervised all highway maintenance activities for Jefferson County.
In 1985, Randy accepted a promotion as Assistant Permits and Operations Engineer for ALDOT in the Central Office in Montgomery, Alabama. There he reviewed all permits in the state for the use of the Right of Way including Oversize and Overweight permits. He developed and implemented the state’s Enforcement Plan for approval of FHWA. He was ALDOT’s Administrator for all size and weight enforcement activities. He advised companies on proper axle configurations to safely cross all bridges in Alabama and became Alabama’s liaison with all trucking activities in the state including writing and reviewing all laws and regulations. In this position, Randy was on several national committees of importance. From 1987 – 1989, he was an original member of Intelligent Vehicle Highway - Commercial Vehicle
Operations. From 1987 – 2018 he was an original member of Southeastern Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (SASHTO) Multi State Permit Group. 1988 – 2018 a member of AASHTO Sub-committee on Highway Transport.
In 1999, Randy became the Assistant State Maintenance Engineer of Permits and Operations. He was the Administrator over numerous activities in the state including: Permits for the use of Right of Way, Oversize Overweight Vehicle Permit Office, Rest Areas and Welcome Centers, and Two-Way radio communication in the state. He represented the state of Alabama on all State and national committees regarding the use of ALDOT Right of Way and Commercial Vehicle Activities (including the writing of laws, rules and regulations regarding the movement of Oversize and Overweight loads in the state). From 2006 – 2012, he was Chairman of SASHTO Multi State Permit Group, and from 2010 until 2018, he was the Chairman of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Highway Transport’s Size and Weight Task Force. He was also a member of Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) from 2010 – 2018 and in 2016, a member of NCHRP20-68A Domestic Scan on Advances in State DOT Super Load Permit Processor and Practices.
Randy retired from ALDOT in April 2018 after having worked 45 years with the Department. He became a Transportation Consultant and has performed work for Turner Industries and Bennett Transport. He looks forward to serving in the Motor Carrier Industry where he can use his vast experience to serve the commercial vehicle industry.
Randy has been married to Adelia Horn Braden for forty years. Together, they have two sons, David (wife Casey) and Drew Braden (wife Bekah), and three grandchildren: Alex, Maggie, and Jojo. Randy has been a member of Dalraida Baptist Church of Montgomery since 1988. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and watching The University of Alabama play football.