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Austin, Texas’s Brown Modeling Agency

Justin Brown is the president and CEO of The Brown Agency. The Brown Agency, formerly known as Wilhelmina Austin, was launched in Spring 2010. It is one of the most respected and successful model agencies in Texas. Justin Brown was born in Reno, Nevada but Susanville, California is where he grew up. He moved to Southern California when he turned 18. While Justin was in college he was a fit model. He modeled skinny jeans and made $100 an hour. Which was an upgrade from his $6 an hour job washing carts at the golf course. He initially went to school for business management but gravitated towards the talent agency. He attended California State University-Northridge for 2 years. Justin moved to Austin, Texas in 2005. He felt that he could make an impact there so right off the back he started his business. He started a talent agency called J.B. Models and Talent. The agency booked jobs for different types of actors and models.


The Brown Agency has worked with the most popular brands including Louis Vuitton and Loreal. They’ve also worked with Dell, Toyota, Estee Lauder and thousands more. Their fashion models attend huge fashion events, such as, New York Fashion Week, Austin Fashion Week, Dallas Fashion Week, Miami Swim Week and more. The company has many different divisions. They have theatrical and fashion for men and women. They also have commercial for men, women and kids. They represent people of all ages. Also the inexperienced and experienced. You can visit



The agency is known for providing the most committed, quality talent for their clients. In 2015, the agency became a full-service agency after deciding to work with Heyman Talent-South. Justin Brown believes that both agencies are very professional and committed to preparing the talent and now they get to offer that in different places. Michael Bonne, the founder of Heyman Talent-South, says that the theatrical and commercial division of The Brown Agency was helpful in booking recurring roles. Austin is where the main headquarters will be located. The agency will also branch out to other cities. like, Dallas, and Los Angeles.



Goettl Air Conditioning Comes Back From Adversity

Ken Goodrich, owner of Goettl Air Conditioning has spent a career in purchasing companies that are in failure mode and reviving them into profitable entities. His sharp eye and ability to see what will work have been his claim to fame in that endeavor.

When he purchased Goettl Air Conditioning in 2013 the company was in a state of total disarray. It was certainly a far cry from its original inception in 1932 when brothers Adam and Gust Goettl started the company. They introduced refrigerated air conditioning and evaporative cooling to the desert communities in the Southwest and changed the lives of the people there forever to the good of all.

There have been several different owners of the company over the years, but for the most part the Goettl tradition of great customer service and fair pricing remained and several generations of families remained loyal and true to the cause. In the late nineties, however Goettl was purchased by a large national management firm who worried more about counting the money as opposed to taking care of clients.

Customer service almost came to a standstill and employees became very frustrated because the backing was not there to handle customer service properly. When Goodrich took over he also discovered the presence of a lawsuit pending because of previous shady business practices.

Goodrich got right to work by initiating a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee good for all sales, parts, service, installations and anything else handled by Goettl. Then he started scheduling meetings with customers and employees to find out what was really going on. After a while both customers and employees bought into the plan of reinstitution of excellent customer service and the employees could quit worrying about their future with the company.

According to BizJournals, the one decision Goodrich made that expedited the return of the company to profitability was the acquisition of Walton’s Heating and Air in Southern California. Goettl was located in Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas and the California location opened up an entire brand new market. For more details visit Crunchbase.

Goettl had always worked in the residential market and Walton’s had primarily been in the commercial HVAC market. By combining the two both markets expanded for the company in a very natural way.

Todd Longbrake, former owner of Walton’s was kept on and given the Company Sales Manager position as well as field supervisor. Longbrake said that he had expanded his company as much as possible but it was time for new ideas. The joining of the two disciplines was just what was needed. You can visit their Facebook page.

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