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Austin is an award-winning strategic communicator with more than 13 years of experience. He joined Pierpont in February 2021 after spending nine years with the Communications and Advocacy team at bp.
At bp, Austin managed the creation and production of video, photography and graphic design content for the US, campaign measurement for the US digital team, co-led bp’s media and crisis communications training for senior executives at the company’s US assets, and handled media outreach for the Houston Open and bp’s partnership with the US Paralympic Committee. Austin served as the Public Information Officer during bp’s initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Gulf of Mexico. While at bp, Austin held secondments in Washington State, Brazil, and Oman.
Prior to bp, Austin served as an athletic communications professional at Baylor and Louisiana Tech, handling day-to-day media relations duties for their various NCAA programs, and gaining a strong background in social media, marketing and brand management while working with national media outlets such as ESPN, Fox Sports and CBS College Sports.
From 2019-20, Austin served as the president for IABC Houston, part of a global network of 10,000 business communication professionals in more than 70 countries. During his tenure, Austin spearheaded the organization’s professional development program and the launch of the nonprofit’s podcast, The Business Communicators, which ranks within the top five percent of all podcasts globally, according to Apple Podcasts. Under Austin’s direction, IABC Houston was recognized as the 2020 IABC International Chapter of the Year and won six Chapter Management Awards. Additionally, Austin launched the chapter’s mentorship program in 2019 and the Career Center page following the impact of COVID-19.
Austin is a native of The Woodlands, Texas, and earned a political science degree from Baylor University in 2010.