The List – The Top Influencers of 2019 – Randy West

The List – The Top Influencers of 2019 – Randy West

Randy West 

Owner, R Bar and Grille

Who was your first mentor in life?

My fist mentor in life was my Dad. I always admired how people responded to him. He treated people with a smile and kindness. My father has been gone for 18 years but I still run into people who knew him or worked with him and they all loved him. I try to treat people the way he did. 

What was your most memorable lesson?

My most memorable lesson is a tough one to answer. I would say never respond to someone if you are angered by them. You will say something that you will regret . Your conscience will remind you in your bad dreams to apologize.

What does community mean to you?

Community has always been important to me. The people that you learn, work and live with make up the community. Decatur has the best people. Doing business all over the state as an Architect, I always had to defend the people and city of Decatur. The perception of Decatur was always wrong . I would ask the nay sayers ” Have you ever been to Decatur?” I always would get the answer no. I would challenge them to spend some time in Decatur and their perception will be changed. It is a beautiful city with great people.

Why are you involved in the community?

I have always wanted to help make our community better in any way I could. As an Architect designing buildings that helped improve the quality of life for Decatur always made feel extremely lucky and grateful to have that opportunity. Serving on the Boys and Girls club board for 7 years was a great experience. Volunteering at the Decatur Celebration was a blast. Certainly one of the finest events a city could have. Opening R bar & grille was one the best things I have done. I love all of our downtown restaurants and bars. I wanted to be part of that group. I wanted to create a place that I hoped would be talked about many years from now like the Blue Mill and the Brown Jug are even today. I wanted to create a rememberable experience that would put a smile on everyone’s face. The R bar & grille creed  ” Experience Excellence” is what drives us to be one of those places that add to the already great quality of life that Decatur offers.

What advice would you give to people who want to do more?

For people who want to do more I say in the words of Nike. “Just Do It”. Find something you are passionate about. Jump in, work hard and have fun making Decatur a better place to live.