Advice Works is a blog series where Austin Chamber members share their advice on navigating the business climate of Central Texas. Our industries may be different and our stories may be varied, but our experiences as business owners are often common and relevant to each other.
Join us each month on the Chamber Blog for words of wisdom and encouragement from your fellow colleagues. We have assembled some of the smartest, savviest, and funny entrepreneurs we could find to share their journey with you.
This month, we caught up with Douglas Branham, People and Culture Operations Manager of Austin Fraser, as he discussed his journey on establishing contact with the Austin business community.
If you are interested in sharing your story of navigating the intricacies of the business industry in Austin, contact Melanee Ferrier at 512-322-5684.
Mr. AF aka People and Culture Operations Manager
Chamber Member and Ambassador:
Check and Check
Roughly three years ago I was approached by Austin Fraser (AF), a UK-based IT recruitment consultancy business, who wanted to expand into the United States. AF was launching its first office in Austin with four people and wanted a local to come onboard to setup the business and spread the word about the company’s mission and intent in the U.S. I was flown to London for a month to meet with the owners, team, and engulf myself in the AF culture. After quickly realizing that this is a company I believed in, I jumped on board and set my sights on our move and how we were going to hit the ground running.
My first mission was to connect with the community. After all, what good is having a business if nobody knows who you are or what you do? That’s when I contacted the Austin Chamber of Commerce and asked how I could become involved. Melanee with the Chamber sent everything my way that she felt would be beneficial to us. Throughout this journey, I have met incredible people by networking with the Austin Chamber. Some of these contacts have turned into money and some have not, but that is not my purpose. My mission is and will always be to positively impact the community by solving real issues and to be a part of solutions that continue to make Austin one of the best cities in the country.
Recently we expanded to our new offices located at 500 West 2nd Street where you may know our neighbors Google. For the past two years, AF has been recognized with numerous industry awards including the Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work, ranked in Austin’s Inno 50 on Fire list, and placed third as one of Austin’s fittest small companies.
We are blessed to have a local VP James Lafferty who shares our passion for culture and community. AF connects amazing talent with phenomenal businesses and I feel the chamber does something similar by bringing together all those amazing companies in one place. Together we hope to grow and continue to establish great relationships with the companies we do business with.
Greater Austin Chamber
The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce focuses on how the Austin Region works. We serve as the voice of business for 2,800 organizations representing a combined workforce of about 330,000 employees throughout Central Texas. Our mission is to provide leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for members.