Nikki Randhawa Haley
South Carolina, Feb. 22, 2004
- Nikki is a graduate of Clemson University with a B.S.
in Accounting. After graduation, Nikki became the Accounting Supervisor
of FCR, Inc. in Charlotte, NC, where she managed a staff that was responsible
for the accounting and reporting of the corporation and five of its
- In 1996, after educating herself in the corporate
world, she returned as Controller in the family business, Exotica International,
Inc, where she started at the age of 11.
- She served as member of the Board of Directors of the
Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce before the business relocated
to Lexington County. Currently, she serves as a member of the Board
of Directors, the Government Relations Committee, and the Doris Burkett
Scholarship Committee of the Lexington County Chamber and is co-chairing
the Lexington Gala for 2004.
- Nikki is also the Treasurer and President-Elect of
the Greater Columbia Chapter of the National Association of Women Business
Owners, a member of the Lexington Medical Foundation and 2004 Lake Murray
Dam Walk Committee benefiting Beckys Place, the West Metro Republican
Women, the Lexington County Republicans, Magnolia Junior Womens
Society of Lexington, the PTA, and Homeroom Mom for her daughters
- In addition to community involvement, Nikki is dedicated
to her parents, sister and her family, and husband Michael, all of which
own their own businesses in Lexington. Nikki and Michael, have two children,
Rena 5 and Nalin 2.Her father is a retired professor of biology who
chaired the department of natural and computer sciences at Voorhees
College. Randhawa-Haley's fighting spirit comes from her mother, Raj
Randhawa, a businesswoman who started Exotica International, an upscale
clothing firm with a revenue of $1.8 million in 2003, according to Nikki's
father Ajit Randhawa.
- "Morally, spiritually, and financially, we will
help her all the way," said her husband Michael who runs his own
company, the National Barter Company.
- Randhawa-Haley will be filing her papers between March
16 and 30 -- for the June Republican primaries -- for the final race
But she says she met Koon a couple of weeks ago and
he said he might be running. That hardly deterred her and she has
a hectic fundraising schedule, including a March 6 Indian American
fundraiser in Lexington.
"Bobby Jindal really inspired me to run. He has
shown so much courage and put a face on the Indian community. Because
it is scary, because people don't know the culture, the religion.
I've already faced these things - 'What religion is she? Is she Muslim?
Is she part of that group with Osama bin Laden?'"
- Congressman Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican,
has praised the business acumen and dedication of Indian-American businesswoman
Raj Randhawa and members of her family, who were featured on the August
cover of South Carolinas Greater Columbia Business Monthly magazine.
Rep. Wilson said in a press release issued on Sept. 4 from his Washington,
D.C., office, that Randhawa had successfully managed her clothing company,
Exotica International, for 26 years and made it one of the oldest family-owned
businesses in Columbia, S.C.Her dedication to both her business
and her family have led to her constant success, he said.