The Tennessee Smokies are operated by Boyd Sports. LLC. Jenny and Randy are big baseball fans not just for the sport but also for how it brings communities together. Randy has been to 46 major league ballparks and Jenny is catching up with him! They are committed to making baseball a great family fun experience for our community for generations to come and look forward to making continuous improvements in the ballpark and the fan experience.
Jenny Boyd is the owner and operator of Boyd's Jig and Reel in the Old City of downtown Knoxville. The Jig and Reel is a musical Scottish pub dedicated to preserving and promoting our musical heritage. Jenny plays the fiddle and mandolin in the Celtic band "The Good Thymes Ceilidh Band." She is a member of the Old City Association and serves on the boards of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Appalachia, and the East Tennessee Historical Society. She was formerly a member of the boards of Young-Williams Animal Center and the Tennessee Theatre.
Randy Boyd is the founder and Chairman of Radio Systems Corporation which he started in 1991 out of the back of his van. Radio Systems is headquartered in Knoxville and has over 900 associates with offices in six countries. The company produces over 4,600 pet products under brand names such as Invisible Fence, PetSafe, and SportDOG.
Three times in the last seven years Randy has answered the call to serve his state - first in 2013 taking a leave of absence from his company to serve Governor Bill Haslam in a volunteer role as his Special Advisor on Higher Education. He was the architect of the Drive to 55 and the Tennessee Promise. The Tennessee Promise provides free tuition and fees for community college and technical schools and all supported by volunteer mentors.
From 2015 - 2017 Randy served as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. He led the department's mission of developing strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. In his tenure, companies committed more than $11 billion in capital investment and committed to create 50,000 jobs.
Randy is currently serving again - this time as the interim President of the University of Tennessee system. The UT system has 51,000 students and consists of three primary campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Martin; a health sciences campus in Memphis; a research institute in Tullahoma; and extension offices in all 95 counties in the state. UT also manages the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Jenny and Randy Boyd support many animal welfare projects, such as developing a new Animal Adoption Center in Knoxville that will more than double the city's annual capacity for spay and neuter procedures. They have committed $3 million over three years to build nearly 100 dog parks around the State of Tennessee as part of an effort to make their state the most pet friendly in the nation. Radio Systems has provided the funds to create nine public dog parks in the Knoxville area as an effort to make Knoxville the most pet friendly community in America while Invisible Fence Brand has donated over 20,000 dog oxygen masks to Fire Department around the United States as part of its "Project Breathe".
Jenny and Randy were married 34 years ago at Erin Presbyterian, where they still worship today. They live in Knoxville and have two sons, Thomas and Harrison, one daughter-in-law Lindsey, one granddaughter, Wiley Mae, and two dogs, Oscar and Jolene.