Each month, the Austin Young Chamber will highlight a member who is doing extraordinary work to strengthen our businesses, our community…or both! Showcasing their achievements is just one way we can put a spotlight on the talented, collaborative, and community-focused workforce we have here in Central Texas.
This month we recognize Brandon Flowers, Client Services Manager at Charles Schwab.
Brandon joined the Chamber to meet like-minded individuals and other young professionals who were involved in the community. He’s stayed because of the relationships he’s gained and fostered. Brandon tries to provide the same welcoming experiences to others as he continues to build relationships within the Chamber and the community.
Brandon has been involved with the Ambassador Committee for a few years. He refers to the committee as the “Welcome Brigade”. The first person he remembers meeting at AYC was Jeremy Young who helped Brandon narrow his points of interest and direction. Brandon was still somewhat new to austin but it helped him get his bearings and get ready for what was to come. He likes to emulate that first experience with other members and makes sure to connect others when he can.
After being involved and connecting with many great people in AYC, Brandon mentioned two members who have had the most impact on him – Tricia Tumlinson and David Bean. They’re AYC Board Members as well as active real estate professionals in Central Texas. Brandon has been able to identify most with them both professionally and personally. He even had the pleasure of going through Leadership Austin’s Emerge program with David!
This summer Brandon was selected as a mentee for The New Philanthropists Board Mentors of Color Program. He’s been curious about the program and finally had the time to participate. He’s taken the time to figure out what’s next for him and how he could get even more involved in shaping the Austin community. “The learning never stops, the growth must continue… [this] gives me the opportunity to focus on other issues…”, Brandon mentioned when talking about why he applied for the program.
When asked what advice he should share with other young professionals looking to get involved and give back to our community, Brandon responded:
“… Remain curious, keep an open mind and meet as many people who don’t look like you or even think like you. You may find times… where you feel like you have nothing to gain but with that said, that means you have something to offer to someone else, time to start giving.”