Friday Five: HYP President Rachel Randall



Rock Hill, SC

What brought me to Hartsville

I accepted a job with Sonoco after graduating from Clemson in 2013. They took me to the Midnight Rooster on my interview, and that is really what made me want to come back (hellloooo Daydreamer)!

How long I've been in Hartsville

Since June of 2013. Time flies!!!

Three things to know about me

  1. I have a twin sister. We are fraternal, so if you saw her on the street, you might think she's my cousin. You probably won't though—she lives in Atlanta. She keeps me in check, and I make sure she lets loose every now and then.
  2. I have had grey hair since I was 18. Thank you, Indigo Salon!
  3. I ran my first and last marathon in December.

What I do in "real life" (for work)

Research and Development Engineer at Sonoco. I work in Consumer Technology in the Global Plastics group. We manufacture plastic containers (think: shampoo bottles, dressing bottles, icing tubs, caulk tubes, or frozen food trays), and have a lot of fun while we do it!

In my spare time, you can find me...

Running with my dog, making caramel cupcakes, or planning a fabulous life on Pinterest.

My favorite local hotspot is...

The Good Living Marketplace farmers market! There is always something new, and it's a great way to stock up on local meats, cheeses, and breads.

What I love most about this town is...

I love that Hartsville is growing and embracing so many new, local small businesses. That is amazing to me.

My favorite local food is...

Dinner at Oak Manor. Their pizzas and California dip are amazing. I think its one of Hartsville's best spots!


I've been the new person in town, and I know that HYP helped me get to know so many wonderful people who are now my friends. I am constantly amazed at how talented and driven the young professionals in Hartsville are. Together, we have proven that we really can do a lot! 2016 is going to be a great year.

My advice for someone new to town is...

You will be surprised at how many people recognize you as a new face and want to include you. After a while, you will have TOO much to do! Always say YES to invitations in your first few months.