By Tim Priebe
March 8, 2022

Professional Q&A: Austin Fugitt

One of MIDCON's corporate controllers shares his career journey and advice for other professionals.
Austin Fugitt at MIDCON (Photo: Brent Fuchs)
Austin Fugitt, corporate controller at MIDCON (Photo: Brent Fuchs)

Austin Fugitt is a lifelong Edmond resident and serves as a corporate controller at MIDCON, overseeing accounting, financial, real estate, and human resources functions. Fugitt is a licensed CPA and previously worked at a public accounting firm for more than seven years. His love for his community and family has brought him new opportunities and helped him continue to grow both personally and professionally.

Q: Do you live in Edmond, work in Edmond, or both?

A: I currently live in Edmond with my wife and three boys. I moved to Edmond almost 30 years ago with my family and grew up here before eventually going to college at the University of Oklahoma. My wife and I moved back five years ago so we could raise our kids in the Edmond school system. I currently work in Oklahoma City where MIDCON is headquartered, but we have offices in both Edmond and Oklahoma City. I am fortunate to have just celebrated my five anniversary with the company.

Q: Where did you grow up and go to school?

A: I moved to Edmond in 1992 with my family and attended K-12 schooling in Edmond Public Schools.  After graduating from high school, I attended the University of Oklahoma and got a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting. 

Q: What did you do prior to getting involved with MIDCON?

A: After graduating from OU, I went to work for a local public accounting firm in Oklahoma City. I spent seven years working at the firm (Ley PC) where I got my Certified Public Accountant license in 2014. During that time, I was able to service many companies and individuals similar to MIDCON, companies with complicated tax or transactional situations that needed not only tax services, but also consulting and business planning services.  I was very fortunate to get exposed to a very diverse base of clientele on a staff and management level that has given me a great foundation to be involved in the business world.

Q: How did you get involved with MIDCON?

A: I married into it. Just kidding…kind of. I met my wife in 2005 while we were still in high school, and we got married in 2010 after I finished college. As I was pursuing my career in public accounting, MIDCON was wrapping up 20 years of business in 2011. I was very much enjoying my career in public accounting, but in the middle of 2018, Randy Allen, my father-in-law and the CEO of MIDCON, approached me to see if I had any interest in joining the family business. We talked for over a year about what the role, family dynamics, and structure would look like, and I eventually agreed to join as the corporate controller in August of 2016.

Corporate controller Austin Fugitt at the MIDCON offices in Edmond (Photo: Brent Fuchs)

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: I love the diversity in job responsibilities and exposure I get to the business world on a daily basis. I wear many hats as a corporate controller like overseeing our accounting and human resources departments and helping run our real estate portfolio and investments, most of which I enjoy, and it brings new opportunities and problems I get to work on all the time. I still get to keep roots in accounting, which is very important to me and where my true passion lies. MIDCON has experienced tremendous growth even in just the five years I have been here, and more opportunities arise as we continue to expand. I also really enjoy the people I work with throughout MIDCON and our business partners. We have a talented team that challenges each other, but also has fun while they do it. We are also fortunate to have great partners that we can contribute much of our success back to.

Q: What’s something you’re passionate about in your personal life?

A: Anything with my wife and kids involved is where I have the most fun. We love to travel and explore new places, and we are always looking for the next vacation. I also love good food and trying out new restaurants, whether that’s a hole in the wall or a steakhouse, I like them both! I love sports and have been able to coach and be involved in my kids’ teams as they find their passions, which is very rewarding.

Q: What do you like about Edmond?

A: Edmond has always been home to me. I love the people and the familiarity of it, even if it’s grown a lot in 30 years. I go anywhere in town and always know where I am. It has become a big city, but still feels like a smaller town for me. It’s a great place to grow up and raise a family, and I’m excited about where the future of Edmond is heading. I love the community aspect of it, like running into people we know at local businesses or festivals. It’s also very important to me to be involved with local organizations and missions like Edmond Mobile Meals that are really making a difference in the community.

Q: What is your number one tip for other professionals, either for work or life in general?

A: Always challenge yourself and say yes to opportunities. I have been very fortunate to be around some great business leaders in my career, and there are many (probably more) qualified people that can do what I am doing. I was lucky to be pushed by good folks around me to take on new challenges, even if I wasn’t ready for them, and I was able to learn on the go. I don’t like to fail or let others down, but many times I feel like this makes people focus and work harder as they really challenge themselves to meet a new goal. You never know when the next opportunity or new test might come, and I believe if you starting say no, it’s can be hard to push yourself to start saying yes again.

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About Tim Priebe

Tim is a public speaker, author, publisher of Edmond Business, and the owner of T&S Online Marketing. He helps businesses that are worried they don’t have the expertise or time required to invest in doing their own digital marketing. He helps them plan where and how much to invest and often helps execute the plan.

Tim started the Edmond Business online magazine in May 2020 to fill a need in the community when The Edmond Sun shut down and stopped publishing their monthly magazine, The Business Times.