AIA Recognizes Brandon R. “Randy” Belote, III with 2019 Lyman Award




Arlington, Va. — Brandon R. “Randy” Belote, III, a former Corporate Vice President of Strategic Communications for Northrop Grumman Corporation, has been selected to receive the 2019 Lauren “Deac” Lyman award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications.

“It is our honor to recognize Randy Belote, an exemplary and community-minded communicator, with this year’s Lyman Award,” said AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning. “For more than 40 years, Randy skillfully told the stories of the aerospace and defense industry. He also set aside time to mentor scores of communications professionals at Northrop Grumman and in the classroom as a University of Maryland lecturer. Randy represents the very best of our industry.”

In every position he held, Belote was known for his unwavering professionalism and leadership. Since 1981, Belote held executive communication roles at Litton Industries, ITT, Westinghouse, and Northrop Grumman. Most recently as Corporate Vice President of Strategic Communications in a 21-year career with Northrop Grumman, he focused on the company’s priority new business captures and campaigns, efforts to keep existing programs sold, and other companywide business outreach activities.

Throughout his career, Belote has been actively involved with leading industry organizations, including the United Service Organizations, Seapower Magazine/Navy League of the United States, and the AIA Communications Council. He also served on the Publisher’s Advisory Council for The Hill newspaper and as a guest lecturer for the Communications Department at the University of Maryland-College Park, his alma mater. Additionally, he helped start the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman and served on its board of directors. The Bowl, which benefits the USO and other organizations supporting members of the Armed Forces and their families, has donated more than $600,000 to the USO and provided more than 25,000 complimentary tickets for troops and their families since its inception.

Following his retirement from Northrop Grumman in 2017, Belote formed Flat Rock Farms—an event venue—in Lewisburg, TN with his son, Brady James.

“I am honored and grateful to have been selected to receive the 2019 Lyman Award,” said Belote. “I have had the good fortune to know and work with a number of Lyman award recipients in the past, and to be included among them is a high honor. I would like to thank AIA and United Technologies Corporation for sponsoring the Lyman award. I would also like to express my gratitude to all of the great communicators in the aerospace and defense sector for their dedication to excellence and significant contributions to industry communications and aerospace journalism.”

Belote will be honored when AIA’s Communications Council meets in December.

The Lyman award is named after Lauren “Deac” Lyman, a Pulitzer-prize winning aviation reporter with the New York Times who later had a distinguished career as a public relations executive with United Aircraft, a predecessor to United Technologies Corporation. First awarded in 1972, the prize goes to an aerospace journalist or public relations professional who exhibits Lyman’s high standard of excellence. United Technologies Corporation is the longtime sponsor of the award, and the winner is selected by a committee of industry communications leaders and journalists. The list of previous winners is on AIA’s website at:

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