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Austin Ramirez

Manufacturing
CEO
Husco International  |  Waukesha

Austin Ramirez is chief executive officer of Husco International, a Waukesha-based manufacturer of hydraulic and electro-mechanical components with about 1,500 employees. Ramirez, who succeeded his father, Gus, as the leader of Husco, also helped found St. Augustine Preparatory Academy, a high-performing private voucher school on Milwaukee’s south side that is heavily funded by Gus and the Ramirez family. Among other honors, Austin was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2014 and a White House Fellow on the National Economic Council of both the Trump and Obama administrations.

Education: Bachelor’s, University of Virginia; MBA, Stanford University

Favorite restaurant: “Birch – whatever chef Kyle Knall will feed me!”

Advice for young professionals: “Spend as much effort cultivating your interpersonal skills as you spend developing your technical skills.”

What would make Wisconsin better: “Funding children rather than schools, also known as ‘backpack funding’. In Milwaukee nearly 50% of kids attend choice or charter schools, but only receive about 60% of the funding as their district (MPS) peers.”

Nonprofit cause: “Democracy Found. Updating the voting process in Wisconsin to implement single-ballot, top-five primaries combined with ranked choice voting in the general election. Our political system is suffering from a massive incentive problem, and we need to update our voting system so that our elected leaders are rewarded for serving their entire electorate, not just highly partisan primary voters.”

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