Austin is an inland Jones Act expert focused on operations, commercial opportunities, and industry trends across the maritime landscape. Austin is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Maritime Partners, LLC, an established and leading independent maritime finance company based in New Orleans, LA. Specifically, Maritime Partners provides customized financing solutions to the domestic Jones Act maritime trade, including sale-leasebacks, vessel construction financing, bareboat charters, portfolio acquisitions and other liquidity solutions.
Austin, along with his sailing partner, was the winner of the 2007 U.S. Olympic Trials, securing his place on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Team, representing Team USA in the Star Class. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi. Austin lives with his wife and five children outside of New Orleans, LA.