Mr. Christopher M. Austen is a Managing Director of Brooke Private Equity Associates. He joined BPEA in 2006 and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations, investment process, and strategy implementation of the Firm.
With a diverse background as an entrepreneur and private equity investor, Mr. Austen serves on the limited partner advisory boards of numerous Private Equity and Venture Capital funds.
Prior to joining BPEA, he was CEO of BuildLinks, Inc., a Web-based collaboration and communication company for the residential building industry.
From 1998 – 2003, Mr. Austen was a partner at Southeast Interactive Technology Funds, an early-stage, IT-focused venture fund based in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. He served on the boards of several companies in which Southeast Interactive invested.
Early in his career, Mr. Austen specialized in marketing and business development, working with Fortune 500 clients and major advertising firms including BBDO and Foote, Cone & Belding (“FCB”) in New York.
Mr. Austen has supported community organizations and previously served on the boards of the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development and the North Carolina Technology Association.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He is a Trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a Board Member Delphon, Inc. and a Trustee of the Meadowbrook School of Weston (Mass.), a private, nonprofit, co-educational independent day school for students in grades K-8.