The Class of 1969 Celebrate 50 Years - Randy Grieser

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After graduating from high school, I attended Kearney State College (UNK) from 1969 through 1973,

graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English in 1974. While at Kearney State I was elected to the

student senate, served as the manager of the college radio station (KOVF) and was a disc jockey on local

commercial radio station KGFW. I applied to Law School at UNL in 1974 but was not accepted. In 1974,

Duane Kumpula was kind enough to hire me at Reimers-Kaufman Concrete Products in Lincoln,

Nebraska. In 1978 I left there and was part owner and Manager of the Starship Enterprise Discotrek in

Lincoln, Nebraska. From 1981 through 1983 I attended UNL where I graduated in 1983 with a Masters

Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. In October, 1983 I began

working as an accountant at the Centel Corporation in Lincoln, Nebraska. Centel Corporation owned

local telephone companies that operated across the United States. In 1985 I passed the Nebraska

Certified Public Accountants exam and received my certificate from the State of Nebraska in that year.

In 1986 I was promoted to Payroll Accounting Manager and transferred to a subsidiary of Centel, the

Central Telephone Company of Florida in Tallahassee, Florida with over 2,000 employees. In 1988 I was

promoted to General Accounting Manager. I married my wife Karen in Florida in 1992. In 1993 the

Sprint Corporation bought Centel and I was transferred to their state headquarters in Orlando, Florida.

In 1996, Sprint decided to move all accounting functions to Kansas City, Kansas and we moved there in

that year. After experiencing one cold and snowy Midwestern winter, I left Sprint and we moved back

to Orlando, Florida in 1997 where I was employed by the Orlando Utilities Commission that provides

water, sewer and power to the City of Orlando. I had always wanted to live in a small town on the

ocean with beautiful white sandy beaches and in 2000 we moved to Pensacola, Florida where we

currently reside. We were blessed with our only child, daughter Jasmine in 2002. While living in

Pensacola, I have been employed in various accounting positions with the Escambia County Clerk of the

Court, Sacred Heart Hospital and the Florida Department of Health from which I retired in 2017. In

looking back over the years, I was truly blessed to grow up in the time and place that I did. It does take a

village to raise a child and we had and still have a great village!

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