Brandon Austin is the Vice President/General Manager of DirecTank Environmental Products with responsibilities including business development, product development, and the management of day-to-day operations.
Brandon brings almost 20 years of diverse experience in the AST industry ranging from Engineering, Research & Development, Manufacturing, Operations, and Sales. Brandon has an extensive background in AST and AST Product design and analysis, manufacturing, installation and trouble-shooting. He has a proven track record of success in both the Domestic U.S. and International markets, and is considered a subject matter expert amongst his peers. Brandon is results-driven and passionate about exceeding customer expectations, building the DirecTank brand, and producing sustainable growth.
Brandon began his career in the AST business as a design engineer for a small midwestern tank contractor where he wore many hats and was immediately exposed to tank design, fabrication, and construction. In the summer of 2005 he moved to Houston and served as the on-site engineer for HMT Inspection at the BP Refinery in Texas City, assisting with the inspection, evaluation, and repair of the tank farm damage resulting from the ISOM unit explosion earlier that year. He then moved on to a project engineering position with HMT that ultimately lead to several senior roles with the company including Engineering Manager, General Manager of Technical Services, and Director of Research & Development. During this time, the company experienced peak growth and viability, with Brandon serving as the senior technical subject matter expert for the Tank Services and Products divisions. It was during this time that he began gaining invaluable experience on the international front that included sales support, installation support, and project management. Brandon went on to serve in Operations and Sales Management roles with other companies that included international sales responsibility.
Brandon received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Southern Indiana and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a certified API-653 inspector. He has served on the API Standards Committee and the Sub-Committee on Evaporative Loss Estimation (CELE).