Austin became the HR Director at Discovery Connections in 2021. Before that he worked as an Account Manager for a Section 125 benefits and COBRA administrator. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science in 2019 and from Southern Utah University with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership in 2021. At end of 2021, he became certified with SHRM-CP.
Originally from Oklahoma, Austin enjoys trying new foods in new places he travels to, watching college football, and snowboarding the local resorts in Utah. He has been married to his wife since 2019 and owns a cockapoo named Hershey.
What words of advice and encouragement would you give to someone just starting out in HR?
There are so many niches in HR so you should search until you find your passion! Get really good at asking questions to those you look up to and apply the principles that you love to your career. Do everything you can to get the experience, education and certifications early to propel yourself to the level of HR you desire to be at.