Ron Rand Recognized As Top 100 University of Houston Alumni


Houston, TX – President & CEO of Houston-based Rand Group, Ron Rand, has been recognized by the University of Houston Alumni as a Top 100 business owner.

The University of Houston (UH) Top Cougar 100 is in its third year, and is designed to recognize the outstanding achievements of businesses which are owned or led by high-achieving UH alumni, otherwise known as “Cougars”. This relatively recent program has been positioned as a bold new University of Houston tradition aimed towards identifying, recognizing, and celebrating the fastest growing Cougar-owned businesses.

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As a UH Alumni, Mr. Rand has long supported academic programs and events at the University of Houston and has dedicated time and energy to helping shape the career path of many new graduates. Rand Group is a regular attendee of the career and internship fairs held for the various disciplines at the University of Houston, recruiting students in their third and fourth year as well as new graduates to join their ever-growing team of Functional and Technical Associates.

Rand Group routinely hires UH graduates building on their academic success and investing in further training, mentoring, and education on real-world business applications and solutions. UH graduates are placed in cohorts and given the opportunity to learn directly from Senior Management. The Functional Track, which helps students with Finance and Accounting backgrounds apply their schooling to real-life business scenarios, allows new hires to work on client projects immediately following their training and onboarding. The same goes for those students using their Computer Science and MIS degrees who join the Technical Track and are trained on any of the three Microsoft Dynamics ERP systems currently supported by Rand Group.

“As a student, the University of Houston system provided me the base to build an exciting and rewarding career. That core foundation has helped me to build and lead a successful business in Houston today,” says Ron Rand, President & CEO of Rand Group “I am honored and humbled to be recognized as a Top 100 Cougar Alumni.”

With 27 (and counting) University of Houston graduates currently on staff, and several others over the past 10+ years moving onto new opportunities, Rand Group is heavily invested in the graduates of the school. The training programs coupled with the hands-on work and access to mentors and senior managers at all stages of employment have helped UH students chart their own career path with Rand Group.

The formal recruitment plan for the firm includes the addition of up to 10 more resources in the coming months, with the hopes that several of them are recent UH graduates.

“We always enjoy meeting the students at the University of Houston career fairs,” says Monica Noriega, Talent Acquisition Lead at Rand Group and UH Alumni. “They are always well prepared, properly presented and eager to take on a challenge. I think it’s really great that Mr. Rand has been nominated to the Cougar 100 list as it truly demonstrates to our students and new hires the kind of careers they can build for themselves based on their studies at UH.”

Mr. Rand and his colleagues, including several UH Alumni currently on staff at Rand Group, joined the other Top Cougar 100 Alumni at the celebration luncheon on October 26, 2016, where the formal rankings were announced and released.

About Rand Group
Established in 2003, Rand Group is a member of Microsoft’s Inner Circle, which recognizes the company as among the top 1% global experts in Microsoft Dynamics. They are also a Microsoft Direct Cloud Solution Provider who is at the forefront of ERP in the cloud. As a complete front-to-back technology enablement solution provider, Rand Groups helps clients succeed through the use of secure, stable infrastructure, transaction processing systems and management analytics, as well as all aspects of web presence, including digital marketing. Headquartered in Texas, with two offices in Houston, and another in Vancouver, Rand Group has repeatedly appeared in Accounting Today’s Top 100 VAR listing, ranking #28 in 2016.

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