Austen grew up in a small farming community in Northern Iowa. He relocated to Southern California, and attended the University of Redlands in 2002. Upon graduation, Austen began his professional career with Enterprise's corporate division where he worked with local business owners and managed a retail office. In 2009 he accepted a position as an Internal Wholesaler with MetLife Investors in Orange County. For the next 3 years he partnered with financial advisors to distribute variable annuities in Indiana. In 2012 Austen was offered a role as a Regional Director of Business Development with LPL Financial. While there, he helped more than 50 financial advisors start their own private practices.
He married his wife Whitney in Puerto Vallarta Mexico in April 2015 and they currently reside in San Diego. Both are football (Green Bay Packers) and hockey (Anaheim Ducks) fans and frequently attend games as well as concerts. Austen also enjoys reading as well as playing golf.
Austen’s professional mission is to work with financial advisors seeking greater control over their professional and personal life.