A native of Little Rock, Rand began work in 1985 in the gardening/nursery industry. Since 1994 he has worked as owner/operator & landscape designer of Grand Designs, a small landscape company that specializes in shade gardens and native gardens in natural settings. Through the years Rand has received several Arkansas Flower and Garden show awards including “Best in Show”, “Best Use of Plants” and “Best Use of Water”. He has received multiple American Horticultural Society’s “Environmental Award”, and the “Contractor’s Award of Excellence” from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Rand’s hobbies include golfing, fishing and playing drums for several bands.