Randy Velarde is president and CEO at The Plaza Group, an international petrochemical marketing company headquartered in Houston, Texas.
A 30-year veteran of the petrochemical and downstream energy industry, Velarde spent 15 years in commercial management and market development at Shell Chemical and Texaco Chemical prior to forming, in 1994, The Plaza Group. He formerly served on the National Petroleum Council, appointed by former U.S. Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson.
Velarde currently serves on the University of New Mexico, Department of Engineering Board of Advisors, the University of New Mexico Foundation Board, and formerly on the Board of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and Chairman of the Development Committee at the University of St. Thomas. In 2011, he was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award.