Austin has been involved in all aspects of real estate acquisition and development since 1993. He is experienced in the identification, acquisition and development of freestanding, single tenant projects, multi-tenant shopping centers and neo-traditional town centers. Serving as Senior Director of Real Estate for Eckerd Corporation, Austin was responsible for all the company's real estate development needs in Florida and Alabama. He served as a real estate attorney for Eckerd as well. Austin also previously served as a Vice President for Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., providing expertise in real estate bond finance. He began his career as an attorney with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor and Reed, PA's in Orlando, where he represented REIT's, institutional leaders and multinational tenants in their real estate and financing needs. Austin graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa and holds a Law Degree from The University of Florida.