Randall English of Austin Industries, Inc. Named 2012 Employee Owner of the Year by The ESOP Association

by The ESOP Association | May 10, 2012

May 10, 2012 (Washington, DC) – Randall English of Austin Industries, Inc.’s Austin Bridge & Road, located in Irving, Texas, has been named the 2012 Employee Owner of the Year by The ESOP Association. The award was presented at the Association’s 35th Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

Mr. English is a second generation Austin Industries employee owner with a passion for his work and sharing his knowledge with others in the company. That willingness to share his passion extends to the ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) --- he uses examples from his own work to explain to fellow employee owners how everything they do affects the bottom line and their personal share in the company’s profits. Mr. English strongly believes in the importance of being efficient and correct in his work and has become good at recognizing areas needing improvement and providing creative solutions to problems. It’s been said that if the name Randall English is mentioned at the company, you’ll hear these words: highly respected, likable, honest, funny, easy-going, energetic, and never quits. With a personal motto of “whatever it takes,” the descriptions are accurate. According to employee owners at Austin Industries, Mr. English gives 100% every day and leads by example.

Austin Industries, Inc. was founded in 1902 by Frank and George Austin to fabricate and install iron truss bridges in Texas and Georgia. Today, Austin Industries, Inc. oversees the operation of three companies --- Austin Bridge & Road, Austin Commercial, and Austin Industrial. Austin Industries, Inc. is 100% employee-owned and employs more than 6,000 employee owners. For more information, please visit: http://www.austin-ind.com/.

“Randall is a true leader and a dedicated employee owner of the company. I’m pleased to be able to present him with the 2012 Employee Ownership of the Year Award,” said ESOP Association President J. Michael Keeling. “He has helped significantly in creating the ownership culture at Austin Industries by holding himself up as an example to his fellow employee owners.”

The ESOP Association is the national trade association for companies with employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and the leading voice in America for employee ownership. The core cause of The ESOP Association is the belief that employee ownership will improve American competitiveness, increase productivity through greater employee participation, and strengthen our free enterprise economy. More information: website -www.esopassociation.org and blog – www.esopassociationblog.org.