Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Do you ever feel alone and overwhelmed with multitude of tasks and problems that your business presents. It doesn’t have to be that way. We have a team of highly skilled professionals who can help ease the burden and enable you to find solutions to help you reach your goals. Below are our primary associates, but we are allied with business experts in many different disciplines which enables us to take a holistic approach to your business.
H. Roy Austin (CPA, CMA, MBA)
Managing Principal, Rockwell Business Solutions, LLC
Roy was Chief Financial Officer for D. J. Powers Company, Inc., a third party logistics provider from 2002 to 2009. Before joining D. J. Powers, he was the Controller for Savannah Manufacturing, an aseptic drink manufacturer, and before that spent 29 years with Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN in various accounting, sales forecasting & market research assignments. He earned a BA in Economics from Bethany College and an MBA in Marketing from Michigan State. He is the founder and Chair Emeritus of the Savannah CFO/Controller’s Council that has grown to over 400 senior financial executives since its inception in 2004. In 2004, he received the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) “Financial Executive of the Year” award for the Florida Council region of IMA. He is an Ambassador for the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, and a member of BNI (Business Networking International), and the Savannah Chapter of IMA. He did extensive volunteer work with the Tennessee Department of Corrections and with John R Hay House (half way house for felons) from 1987 to 2000. In 1998, Hay House named their newest building in his honor. His passion is sharing his knowledge and experience to help small businesses become more successful. He is also a lifetime member of Who’s Who International.
In 2007 he founded Rockwell Business Solutions, LLC (RBS) which provides coaching and training services for businesses that have a sincere desire to move their business to the next level. RBS has also been involved with business development, mergers & acquisitions, investor relations, and negotiations with partners, customers, vendors, and banks. Clients include Crescent Investments, Inc; Cargo Group, LLC; Cargo Transportation Services, LLC; Blue Diamond Pool & Spa, Inc; Cornerstone Physical Therapy, Polmak, Inc., Bottles Up, Inc; Atlas Surveying, Inc. D.J. Powers, Inc, Sunco, Custom Security, and Unisource Mortgage to name a few.
Roy and his wife Sharron live at Sun City Hilton Head in Bluffton, SC. Between them they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. And, he is an avid tennis player.
Before joining Rockwell Business Solutions, Steve was the General Manager of Operations at Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport, NY. His extensive background includes positions as General Manager of Operations, Glenora Wine Cellars, Dundee, NY; Senior Business Consultant at Farm Credit Bank, Phelps, NY; Senior Extension Faculty, Cornell University; Production Manager, Bob Evans, Columbus, OH; and Quality Control Supervisor, Con Agra, Grayson, KY.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science in Economics at The Ohio State University where he was also employed as an Economics Research Assistant. Additionally, Steve has a Master of Business Administration from The McGregor School of Antioch University. Steve has received Dale Carnegie awards for Leadership, Human Relations, and Public Speaking and is a BREI certified Business Retention and Expansion Master Consultant; a Certified Tax Preparer; and a licensed Life, Health, Accident, and Annuity Producer.
His more than 24 years’ experience working for and consulting with family businesses began in quality assurance and production management positions in the Midwest. Later, he moved to Upstate New York to work for Cornell University, authoring 16 publications and consulting with hundreds of family businesses on topics such as profitability improvement, business expansion, business financing, and succession planning. In subsequent positions, Steve advised and worked with entrepreneurs in New York’s growing Finger Lakes wine region.
Steve enjoys the great outdoors with activities such as hiking and kayaking. He loves to read–both for work (business management and economics) and for pleasure (fiction mostly, but some history too). And to relax, he likes gardening, cooking, and wine making.
Steve recently moved to Bluffton, South Carolina, to be near his family and is enjoying our area and the milder climate.