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James N. Austin, Jr.


Austin Company Commercial Real Estate Company

James N. Austin, Jr., 'Jim', is the owner/founder/broker of Austin Company Commercial Real Estate in Fort Worth, Texas. The Austin Company was established in 1981 and serves the Fort Worth-Dallas metro area with commercial real estate and property management services; after beginning in the business after training with industry veteran Sam McCall. Jim Austin is considered an expert in the commercial real estate field. He also speaks on the subject as a program presenter at workshops and associations as an invited professional. He currently serves on several appraisal boards for the right-of-way condemnations by the Texas Department of Transportation. Jim served on the Texas Real Estate Commission for eight (8) years. He has put together over 30 investment groups (limited partnerships).

Gaining a reputation for his appraisal and auction work, Austin made headlines as one of three members of a court-appointed commission that settled a land condemnation case for Santa Fe Pacific Corp's giant intermodal facility at Fort Worth Alliance Airport. Jim was also one of 10 asset managers for a major land auction by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Austin handled 35 of the 125 assets offered in Tarrant County selling over 5 million. He is a past president of the Commercial Investment Division of the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors. He has worked for financial institutions including Woodhaven National Bank, Bank of North Texas and Team Bank as well as area hospitals. Jim has moved from the standard sales and leasing work into appraisals and auction management. Austin also served on the Texas Real Estate Commission, as a Commissioner for eight (8) years. He is a 1976 graduate of Howard University, Washington, D.C., receiving his BA in Business. As a realtor, his community service rendered him national recognition from the National Association of Realtors® as a recipient of the coveted Realtor® Magazine s Good Neighbor Award in 2003. The Good Neighbor Awards recognize REALTORS® who've made an extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life in their communities through volunteer efforts. (www.austincompany.com)

Jim Austin Online.com

One of Jim's strengths is his ability to network with people. His involvements include networking with business associates, social and fraternal friends and non-profit boards. Through this experience, he found that although he interfaced with diverse people with diverse interest, there were a great number of common interests and goals. Thus, the beginnings of JimAustinOnline.com.

Jim Austin Online (JAO) has proved to be a resounding success. Originated in the fall of 2008 with 200 friends signing up to receive the e-newsletter, JAO now has a community of over 20,000 members. In conjunction with the weekly newsletter, JAO offers benefits that are exclusively found on JAO website or e-newsletter such as monthly business lunches with high profile individuals as host such as gubernatorial candidates and other relevant business and political figures. JAO also offers tickets to various theatrical, music and sporting events held at event venues such as Nokia Theatre and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. JAO recently re-launched an updated website with additional content. Each month, JAO will feature stories in 5 categories; Entertainment, Business, Dining, Community and Sports. JAO will have a new, easier-to-read and navigate format. JAO will also have new promotions, games and giveaways designed to keep readers interested and retuning to JAO everyday! (www.jimaustinonline.com)

Community Service James 'Jim' N. Austin, Jr., has shown that he is committed to community service by sharing his time and resources to help others. In 1991 he co-founded the Renaissance Cultural Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of the center is to provide cultural and educational programs that promote pride, encourage cultural diversity and promote higher education in youth. He has taken the lead in raising funds for the center's scholarship program that awards scholarships to Tarrant County high school seniors annually. This program began in June of 1995. A cumulative total of $424,500 in scholarships has been awarded to 251 Tarrant County students over the past fifteen (15) years, because of Jim's dedication to the center's scholarship program. The scholarships are presented each year in June at Renaissance Cultural Center's annual Dr. Marion J. Brooks Living Legend Award and Scholarship Banquet. He and his wife, Gloria Reed Austin, who also serves as the museum's executive director, founded the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum (formerly National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame) in February 2001. The museum highlights the relatively unknown history of the contributions of minorities to the settling of the Western United States.

Board Member and Civic Affiliations

Mr. Austin has served on various boards throughout the city and country such as Harris Methodist Health Foundation, Tarrant County 9-1-1, Tarrant County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Committee, and the American Paint Horse Foundation. He is a tenured member of the Downtown Fort Worth International Rotary Club, Citizens Crime Commission, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Some of the awards and recognition he has received are Quest for Success - Dallas Morning News; YMCA, Fort Worth, Texas; Texas Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc.; Greater Fort Worth Area Negro Business & Professional Women s Club; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. - Metroplex Black Image Award; and the National Realtors Association Good Neighbor Award.

Past board affiliations include Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Tarrant County 9-1-1 and North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc., to name a few.

Jim is married to Gloria Reed Austin. They reside in Fort Worth, Texas.

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