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Randy A. Daniels

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Radio and Television, 1973

Managing Director, 

Pickwick Capital Partners

Randy A. Daniels is the former Vice Chairman of Gilford Securities Inc., a private equity partnership in New York.

On April 12, 2001, Daniels was appointed New York State Secretary of State by Governor George E. Pataki. Daniels resigned in 2006 to run for the Governorship for the State of New York.

From December 1999 to April 2001, Daniels was Senior Vice President of Canyon Johnson Urban Fund, L.L.P. - a real estate equity fund based in Beverly Hills, CA. From 1995 to 1999 Daniels served under Governor Pataki as Senior Vice President and Deputy Commissioner of Economic Revitalization at the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC). At ESDC Daniels managed the Department of Economic Revitalization, where he oversaw the Harlem Community Development Corporation and coordinated New York State's role in the federal Empowerment Zone program and Enterprise Community programs.

In 1997 Governor Pataki nominated Daniels to the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees. The Governor later named him Vice Chairman of the SUNY Board, where he continues to serve as Chairman of the Investment Committee, Co-Chair of the Committees on General Education and Charter Schools, and is a member of the Executive and Finance Committees.

Before heading ESDCs Department of Economic Revitalization, Daniels was Press Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Bahamas from 1988-92, Director of Communications for the New York City Council President's Office from 1986-88, and was an adjunct journalism professor at both the City College of New York and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Daniels has extensive experience in journalism. He was Managing Director of Jacaranda Nigeria Limited - a television training program for Nigerian television - from 1982-84, National Correspondent for CBS News based in New York City from 1980-82, Foreign Correspondent for CBS News in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1977-80, Correspondent for CBS News in Chicago from 1972-1977, and Reporter for WVON Radio in Chicago from 1970-72.

Daniels graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1973 and holds a bachelorís degree in Radio-Television.

Daniels is married to the New York State Supreme Court Justice Sallie Manzanet and has two grown daughters from a previous marriage.