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Austin Ramirez is an accomplished Chief Executive Officer responsible for transforming a niche family-owned manufacturing company into a global market leader. Austin has a successful track record developing new technology, improving profitability, expanding internationally and building high-performance teams in the competitive global automotive, construction and agricultural equipment markets. A community leader known as a pragmatic problem-solver, he has experience working with local, state and the highest level of the Federal Government. Austin is currently President and CEO of Husco International, a privately-held global engineering and manufacturing company. During his eight-year tenure as CEO the company has tripled in size to $500M in global sales, received designation as Global Growth Company by the World Economic Forum and been recognized as Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year. Austin began his career as consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in corporate finance and industrial operations. Austin was selected as a White House Fellow in 2016 and served on the National Economic Council for both the Trump and Obama administrations. He is Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and the Founding Curator of the Forum’s Global Shaper Hub in Milwaukee. Austin is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. An engaged citizen of Milwaukee with a passion for urban education, Austin has served on several education-focused nonprofit boards and is a co-founder of St. Augustine Preparatory Academy, a K-12 faith-based school serving 900 low-income students on Milwaukee’s south side. An active industry leader, Austin is a Director of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. He is a founder and co-chair of Democracy Found (a non-partisan political reform organization focused on implementing open primaries and ranked-choice voting) and has been recognized as one of Wisconsin’s most powerful Latinos. Austin holds a BS in systems engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar (top 10% of his graduating class) and Goldman Sachs Fellow. Austin is a former USA Swimming National Champion and FINA World Championships gold medalist.