Randy Thelen, the Greater Omaha Chamber’s senior vice president of economic development, is responsible for developing and implementing Chamber initiatives to support the growth of new business in Greater Omaha – and help existing businesses thrive and expand. He also leads the day-to-day operations of the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership, the Chamber’s one-stop center for economic development that covers six counties in the eastern Nebraska-southwest Iowa region.

Previously, Randy served as president of Lakeshore Advantage, a private, non-profit economic development organization dedicated to economic growth on western Michigan’s Lakeshore. While there, he earned the Medalist Award, which is Michigan’s highest economic development honor. The longtime economic developer is also an entrepreneur who, along with two partners, owns a company that designs and produces accessories for the truck cap industry—hinges, latches, handles and a patented power locking system.

Randy received a Master of Arts in applied economics from New York’s Binghamton University in 1996. He and wife Christa have four children – Ryan, Lauren, Kiersten and Trevin.