Ricorda “Mr Rico” Randall

Ricorda “Mr Rico” Randall

Ricorda Randall, known to some as Mr Rico, is the founder and host of the DEM tech folks podcast. He is a seasoned technology professional with a diverse background in both military and civilian roles and has served 8 years in the Marine Corps as a Tactical Data Network Administrator, where he gained valuable experience in managing and maintaining complex computer systems.

After leaving the military, Rico began working as a contractor for various Department of Defense (DoD) contractors in a variety of roles, including Systems Engineer, Lab Manager, Sr Cloud Architect, and Technical Trainer, and Technical Lead. Through these positions, he developed a strong understanding of the needs and challenges faced by government organizations and worked to implement innovative solutions to address them.


Rico is the host of the DEM tech In his current role as a Senior Consultant at Red Hat, Rico specializes in Container Infrastructure and Automation. He has extensive experience in designing, implementing, and maintaining container-based environments, using technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes. He is also skilled in automation and continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) practices, which allow organizations to streamline their development and deployment processes and accelerate the delivery of new features and updates to their customers.

Throughout his career, Rico has demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence and a deep understanding of the latest technologies and industry trends. He is known for his ability to work effectively as part of a team and to deliver results on time and within budget.

In the spare time that isn’t spoken for by his family, he enjoys educating others on technology. He does this through his recently created podcast (DEM tech folks) as well as through mentorship and coaching.  He genuinely believes that information is freely available in most cases but sometimes people don’t know what to do with it or where to start. 

Rico holds a B.S. in Information Security from Western Governors University (WGU) and an MBA in Information Security Management from Saint Leo University.  He has also passed over 25 certification exams to obtain the following list of certifications (Note: All Certifications are not maintained or current)

  • Amazon: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate | AWS Certified Developer – Associate
  • BICSI: Certified Fiber Optics Installer
  • CIW: Database Design Specialist | Javascript Specialist
  • CompTIA: A+ | Cloud+ | Network+ | Security+ | Project+ 
  • EC-Council: Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • EXIN: ITIL Foundation
  • ISC2: Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Microsoft: Microsoft Certified Professional (Server 2012 R2) | Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ-104)
  • Red Hat: Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) Level 2 | Red Hat Certified Specialist in Advanced Automation: Ansible Best Practices | Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Networking Automation | Red Hat Certified Specialist in Containers and Kubernetes | Red Hat Certified Specialist in Virtualization | Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration | Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) | Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)
  • VMware: VMware Certified Professional (VCP5-DCA) | VCP6-NV 2020

If you find yourself confused as to where to start, don’t feel like you are progressing fast enough, or just need someone to chat with for a sanity check connect with Rico.