Austin R. Walker
Austin Randolph Walker is the Managing Partner and CEO of The Randolph Company. He is a business and brand strategist, conceptualizing and activating brand strategizes that disrupt the status quo and strengthen relations between businesses and their consumers.
Prior to co-founding The Randolph Company, Austin served as a marketing, branding and production consultant. He began his career as a founding member of Charleston Fashion Week. In 2007, he relocated to Winter Park, Florida where he worked extensively with the Chamber of Commerce and city officials to design and produce programming to boost commerce in the midst of the recession. During that time he established the Winter Park Fall Events Series, which was anchored by Park Avenue Fashion Week – an event he crafted to highlight local retailers, bars and restaurants. While consulting for private clients across Central Florida, Austin became a founding partner in the premium vodka brand Enlightened Grain Spirits. In 2011, Austin was tapped by event rental company Karl’s Event Services to develop their event management platform on a national level. This lead to work on such elite productions as the Capital One Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Daytona 500, Rolex 24 Hour Race at Daytona, Democratic National Convention, Republican National Convention, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – Miami, Sony Open Tennis Tournament, and Shaquille O'Neal's retirement press conference.
Since returning to Charleston in 2013, Austin facilitated the launch of Ibu Movement, an international fashion and home goods company focused on the preservation of female artisan handmade textiles and goods. In 2016, Austin and the infamous 'Rhum Chef' Paul Yellin opened Cane Rhum Bar, a traditional rum bar and Caribbean kitchen in downtown Charleston. That same year, he became one of the founding partners of Matthias Kaupermann, a lifestyle brand rooted in the heritage of the American South, creating products for a life refined. Most recently, sports marketing firm, Bruno Event Team, contracted Austin to co-produce The Steeplechase of Charleston – a historic equestrian event series in association with the National Steeplechase Association.
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