A founding member of the Northern California Chapter of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce has walked on.
Randy Twist, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, had served as the chapter coordinator since the chapter’s inception and more recently served as the chapter’s treasurer.
Twist walked on May 22 after a motorcycle accident in Sloughhouse, California. He was 50 years old.
He was born in Bakersfield, California on November 3, 1962. After working as a pipefitter, Twist decided to go into business for himself. He and his father co-founded TNT Industrial Contractors, Inc. in 1991.
Not only a leader of the Northern California Chapter of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce, he also served as the president of the California Legislative Conference of the Plumbing, Heating and Piping Industry. In 2011, Twist was appointed by California Gov. Edmund G. Brown to the California Building Standards Commission. It was an appointment he felt was significant.
“I think it will give me added insight into how the legislative process and government agencies operate in California and how they can affect business and commerce in this state,” Twist said in a statement at the time of his appointment. “As far as helping Indian Country, I think it is a significant appointment for an enrolled tribal member to participate in a state government at this level. I also believe my experiences with the commission will eventually give me the insight and knowledge to assist with building codes in Indian Country, and hopefully we will start to see more Indians in appointment positions by the administration.”
The Northern California Chapter of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce will hold an honoring for him on at its luncheon June 5 and during its annual expo in July.
“He was a quiet leader, a friend to all. You could always count on Randy for some additional fun and socializing at the Chamber events,” says a statement from the Northern California Chapter of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber will really miss Randy.”