Nashville Business Journal Names 2011 Women of Influence

Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011

Nashville Business Journal has revealed the names of this year’s Women of Influence. The annual awards go to women who have played a major role in shaping their companies and their community. Carol Austin, of Austin Funeral & Cremation Services,  was selected a winner in the Entrepreneur category.

Women of Influence Profile – Carol Austin

Carol Austin is owner and funeral director of Austin Funeral & Cremation Services. She handles the management, operations and administration of the business, but says her main responsibility is to the families she serves. “At the end of the day, it is our goal that families look back and feel that they have honored their loved ones, “ she said. “My job is to ensure this happens and that services are carried out in a professional and personal manner.”

Austin has worked in the funeral industry for more than 15 years. She and her husband, Rick, opened the family business nearly four years ago, following in the footsteps of her father-in-law, Milton Austin, who spent more than 60 years in the funeral service industry. But soon after, her husband became ill and died in 2007. “It has been difficult to continue our dream without him, but I am very proud that with the help of our staff we have continued to grow and serve other families of our community,” she said.

Go Back to In the News Section