Black History Month Highlight – Randyll Hughes

February 19, 2024

Randyll Hughes


How has your heritage, events, or people in your life shaped who you are today?

I would say my mother, stepfather, and uncle are people who shaped me into the person I am today. My uncle was in law enforcement and was my main role model until my stepfather came into the picture. I only saw my biological father maybe once or twice a year growing up. Both my uncle and stepfather taught me discipline and showed me that through hard work, you can achieve success. I am also a youth coach for both basketball and baseball for a group of 7- and 10-year-old kids. In trying to be a role model to them, it has helped me become a better person. I try to instill characteristics of never giving up, trying, and discipline.


What achievements/sacrifices have you made to get you where you are today?

I joined the military’s Air Force branch after high school, which happened to be the year after 9/11. I am still currently serving in the Air Force reserve. After I transitioned out of the military full time, I worked as a manager for Chick Fil-A, where I played football as a tight end for a semi-pro league. Shortly after, I joined ABC’s apprenticeship program, where I earned my Journeyperson license and started my career as an electrician. I’ve been with Helix since 2014, and I am about to complete my 10th year with the company.


Why is Black History Month important to you and what would you like others to know about this month.

This month is important to me because it allows the world, and specifically minorities, to see the good work people of color are doing, that we are not defined by our circumstances, and that we are in control of our future. I do not believe in the phrase “The man is keeping me down.” I believe that through dedication and hard work, anything can be done.


Who or what inspires you to make your mark at Helix?

My family, I am the oldest of five, so setting a good example has always been a priority for me. I also have two grandchildren who are in my youth group, and they inspire me to not give up. I also had the opportunity to be invited to Helix’s LDP program, and that is motivating me to leave my mark here at Helix.


How do you plan to recognize others as they achieve at Helix?

Paying it forward by bringing up the next generation of electricians and mentoring them to be the best version of themselves. Also to create awareness around diversity in the trade and continue to bring other people of color into the trade. I remember I was on a job with a person of color brand new to the trade, and I was able to mentor him, kind of teach him the ropes of what it takes to advance your career as an electrician, and share my experiences in the trade, the good and bad.