Board of Directors Chairman

REES Chairman of the Board

Ron Gafford is the former Consultant to the CEO and Board of Austin Industries, Inc. He has over forty-five years of experience in the design/development/construction industry including commercial and residential real estate development. Ron Gafford is the past Chairman, President and CEO of Austin Industries, Inc. He has vast experience in construction/development of Petrochemical Plant Construction and Operation, Road, Bridge and Utility work and commercial, industrial and interiors finish construction. Ron Gafford earned a BS degree from Texas A&M and an AMP from the Graduate School of Business, Harvard University. Mr. Gafford began his career as a Project Engineer/Estimator and later a Project Manager for the Henry C. Beck Company in Dallas, TX. He later joined the Trammell Crow Company and served as Partner for their Construction and Development.  

Professional Affiliations: 

He is a current board member of the Presbyterian Communities and Services.  Mr. Gafford has served on several boards including the Chaparral Steel Company, Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas Symphony Association, Trinity Industries, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, North Texas Public Broadcasting and Visiting Nurses Association.  He has also been an Advisory Board member for the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts, and Texas A&M University’s Dean’s Advisory Council, College of Architecture.  Mr. Gafford has also served as a member of the Dallas Together Forum, Coalition for Better Transportation, WPO, CEO Organization, and The Trust for Public Land, The Dallas Assembly, and Dallas Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America, YPO and Nature Conservancy.