Randy Ataide, professor of business, has an entrepreneurial spirit he loves to share.
Randy Ataide, executive director of the Fermanian Business and Economic Institute, integrates faith and business to achieve “more than the bottom line.”
He has degrees in communications, law, and theology in addition to working experience in construction, farming, business, and academics.
After college, Ataide attended law school at night and worked during the day, and enrolled in seminary as well. But when Ataide’s father-in-law offered him a job packing peaches at the family farm, he decided to put his master’s degree on hold.
After working for 10 years on his father-in-law’s farm, Randy was tasked with growing the family business, and he did just that. Then in 1994, he started his own entrepreneurial endeavor in farming—Mountain View Fruit Sales—growing and selling fresh peaches, plum, and nectarines.
After his fruit sales experience, he attended Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary for his master’s in 2003 to find a way to “bridge the gap between the pulpit and the marketplace.”
He views business from a Christian perspective—one that ties relationships, faith, and transparency into entrepreneurship: “If we can be a word of hope in business, it can lead to conversations about God and faith. Business gives me a great place to do that,” Ataide said.