John Austin

John Austin

Title: Chess Coach, Financial Executive (Retired)
Company: Kid Chess
Location: Woodstock, Georgia, United States

John Austin, Retired Financial Executive, Chess Coach at Kid Chess, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in banking management.

Retired from his illustrious career in finance and banking, Mr. Austin has since picked up a new role, which combines his love of the logically-driven game chess and his skills in management as the director of Kid Chess since 2007. Prior to this work, he served as the COO, CFO, and Vice President of Atlanta Cutlery Corp. He previously led Citizens Federals Savings & Loan as CEO and Executive Vice President, and he has held similar roles with the Virginia Federal Savings and Loan, Southeast National Bank, 1st National Bank, and the North Carolina National Bank Corp. Early in his career, Mr. Austin was an accountant for Price Waterhouse & Co, and an auditor for North Carolina National Bank Corp. His skills in finance, business and banking have lead to speaking, workshop, and other presenting engagements.

Prior to earning a BBA from Georgia State University in 1961, Mr. Austin served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. He has served on numerous boards of directors throughout his career, including St. John’s Hospital, Delaware County Community College Foundation, Chester County Mental Health Board and the United Arts Council of Rowan. At Kid Chess, Mr. Austin coaches and educates students about chess and tournament chess. Outside of this venture, Mr. Austin enjoys applying his mind to studying languages and Baroque-period music and art, and he has taught chess in after school programs as well.

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