If Randy Norton wasn’t consumed with advising global Fortune 500 companies, he might find himself working in sports and entertainment, fulfilling a lifelong attachment to those industries. Don’t count him out, though, for he is one for a challenge.
Today, Norton is a client service partner with the professional services firm Deloitte. In that role, he has served tech industry clients during his 22-year career with the global management consulting giant.
“Working for Deloitte has been a true career achievement and, honestly, a real joy,” Norton said. “Serving clients and addressing their evolving needs is both the challenge and the reward.”
Norton earned dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and business from The University of Redlands (where he also played basketball) and then attended ASU, earning an MBA.
No small feat, considering he was the first in his family to attend college. He grew up in Minneapolis and moved to Phoenix with his family when he was 13.
“Athletics helped me integrate with others in high school and college,” he said.
Norton lettered in four sports and earned All-State honors at Paradise Valley High School. That’s also where he met Susanne Ingold, who he would marry nearly 20 years later.
“We dated for quite some time and spent many years apart while pursuing our careers, but we have now been together for more than 30 years,” Norton said with a touch of pride.
Growing up, he was always interested in the world of finance. He worked for Bank of America while studying for his MBA, and after graduating with honors, took a job with J.P. Morgan in New York.
“I’m fascinated with corporate strategy and operations and how market conditions create constant change. Of course, technology has only accelerated the pace of change and the need for business transformation,” Norton said.
Combining his interests in sports business and community service, Norton began volunteering on the Fiesta Bowl’s “Yellow Jacket Committee” in 2002. Twenty years later, he serves as chairman of the Board of Directors.
In January, the Fiesta Bowl will host one of two College Football Playoff Semi-Final games and Norton will preside over the week-long festivities.
“We are so proud of our role in the community, promoting economic development through our events and providing substantial grants to Arizona nonprofits,” Norton said.
All of his professional and civic accomplishments aside, Norton said what he covets most is his wife, Susie, and his family.
“We are extremely close and that was modeled by our parents. Though my mom, dad and brothers are still in Minnesota, I get back to see them often,” Norton said.
People who know and work with Norton describe him as intelligent, thoughtful, determined and loyal.
“Randy has so many qualities, but even with all of his success and accolades, he remains humble and down to earth,” long-time friend, Dan Santy, said.
Norton plans to retire in the next 10 years and hopes to tackle a healthy bucket list, including learning to play the guitar, running the NYC Marathon, and attempting stand-up comedy. He also intends to serve on commercial and nonprofit boards.
With Norton’s penchant for challenges, he no doubt will accomplish it all.