Austin Baker infuses innovation and creativity into human resource strategy through a passion for leadership and a proven record of entrepreneurship. Baker founded his first business while a sophomore in college and has been a partner in several other ventures, in addition to his lifetime commitment to philanthropy. Baker’s strong business acumen and awareness of a growing change in business culture led him to found HRO Partners, LLC, a human resource consulting and business process outsourcing company, in 2011.
As President and Chairman of the Board for HRO Partners, Baker leads a talented group of HR professionals with more than twenty years’ experience whose goal is to help companies grow and become more profitable by employing better people strategies. The group’s specialty is to be the HR department for companies that do not have one and strengthen the capabilities of companies that do. HRO Partners provides everything from basic compliance level services to engagement strategies and strategic level services, helping to solve complex problems by providing simple solutions that drive performance and profits.
In recognition of his leadership and expertise in human resources, in 2011 Baker was named President of the Society for Human Resource Management in Memphis (SHRM), which boasts more than 1,000 members as one of the largest SHRM Chapters in the US. The business Baker founded in college, EServ, was named “Small Business of the Year” in 2007 at the annual Small Business Chamber Awards and was successfully sold in 2010. In 2009, Baker was recognized as a Memphis Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 Award Recipient. In 2010, Baker was honored as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at University of Memphis. In addition, Baker is co-owner of the very popular Owen Brennan’s “A New Orleans Style Restaurant,” located in East Memphis.
An Eagle Scout, Baker has dedicated his life to service through non-profit leadership and mentorship education. Baker has served as the Chairman of the Board for the Small Business Chamber. He currently serves with the University of Memphis, Fogelman College of Business & Economics Alumni Chapter and is the co-founder of the Memphis Institute for Leadership Education Program (MILE). Baker also serves on the Board of Directors for the Chickasaw Council: Boy Scouts of America, Workforce Investment Network (WIN) and Memphis Fast Forward: People First. His most recent venture, The Giving Hour, was launched in 2016.
A Memphis-based nonprofit, The Giving Hour is designed to create 10,000 new mentors by challenging organizations to create and promote a culture of philanthropy and encouraging individual mentors to impact change in our community through volunteerism. The program provides a variety of mentoring opportunities that appeal to a broad spectrum of volunteers who are looking for opportunities to give back.
J. Austin Baker III is a consummate professional who will represent himself and your company/outlet/publication/broadcast in the highest regard and with the utmost respect.