More About KAustin

KAustin and Associates is a full service construction, construction management, and design build firm. Based in Houston, the firm is well known and widely respected for excellence in construction and integrity in business. Beyond construction management KAustin is part of your team.

KAustin & Associates is a general contractor and construction management organization. Our scope of work ranges from small tenant building in high rise office buildings to large scale renovations. We have built private office buildings for insurance companies, veterinarian hospitals, and fire stations. We restored The Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston after hurricane Ike and constructed the Endoscopy lab and class rooms for the Memorial Herman Hospital in Humble Texas. We have complete multiple City of Houston High Pile Storage compliance projects.

Over the past sixteen years we have amassed a team of professional project managers, superintendents and sub contractors ranging from small to large that can provide a level of quality that our clients have come to expect

Our Team

Get to know more about our team here at KAustin & Associates.

Ken Austin

General Partner


Ken Austin has 44+ years of experience as a leader in sales, business, and management; with 15+ years being focused on Construction and Construction Management. He previously performed in competitive markets acting as Regional Manager and later as VP of Construction. Ken has been the President, CEO, of K Austin & Associates since the company was formed in 2003. He currently heads the company in promoting development and construction management projects and often acts as Project Manager. Ken leads the K Austin Superintendent Team and manages all aspects of the company’s business. He is Past President of the Humble Intercontinental Rotary Club. He is licensed to do business in the State of Texas and the State of Louisiana, and is a Registered Builder/Remodeler with the Texas Residential Construction Commission.

Hoyt Ivey

Chief Financial Officer


Hoyt Ivey has 30+ years of experience in business accounting and finance. Hoyt has previously worked for a major company in the oil and gas industry where he offered a variety of accounting services at an executive level for many years. Hoyt has been with K Austin & Associates since 2003. He is currently Chief Financial Officer for the company and handles all fiscal accounting and accounting related issues, company financial issues, as well as, banking, payroll, and personnel related issues. He, also, acts as office manager and handles responsibilities associated with daily operations. Hoyt is our financial guru, keeps us integrated in the latest accounting software, is an outstanding role model and has served as an adult Sunday school teacher in his church for 20+ years.

Shane Johnson

President General Partner


Shane Johnson joined K Austin & Associates in 2007. He brings with him extensive operation and management experience that he has developed by working for both large corporations as well as small business. He has worked in the food manufacturing, wood products, pharmacy, and construction industries. Shane is currently a Project Manager for the company managing multiple projects and acting as a corporate liaison to some of our largest clients. His most recent projects include the mobilization and rebuilding of several funeral homes between Houston and Galveston that had significant damage from Hurricane Ike in 2008. He managed the latest 10,000 SF addition of the National Museum of Funeral History to include the Papal Exhibit. Other recent projects include working with the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston after hurricane Ike, multiple high pile warehouse storage compliance projects, multiple machine shop expansion projects, and multi-story interior remodel projects. Shane holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. He maintains a strong track record, has great client relation skills and is a very intricate part of the K Austin team.

David Colman

Operations Manager


David Colman joined K Austin & Associates in January of 2016. David brings a wealth of knowledge with his 32 years of experience in the construction industry. David is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, honorably discharge. Prior to joining K Austin, David was the owner of an architectural millwork installation company for 16 Years and is a Master carpenter as well as being extremely detailed oriented. David currently oversees the operations and production of all K Austin projects. We are thrilled David joined our team as he has many skills that K Austin and our clients will benefit from in his role. David enjoys horse ranching on his land in his time away from work.

Winston deBlanc

Project Manager


Winston deBlanc joined K Austin & Associates in the first quarter of 2016. He has a wide range of experience in commercial construction spanning four decades as a Field Superintendent, Estimator and Project Manager. He has ground up experience that includes tilt wall and metal frame, along with interior experience that includes medical, professional and education. He has developed safety training for a multinational corporation, trained executives in media presentation and traveled across North and South America documenting the construction of energy infrastructure and power plants. He is ordained to the Gospel Ministry, has served in jail ministry and, until recently, was a bi-vocational pastor in Hempstead, TX. He enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family.

David Markell

Project Manager


David Markell joined K Austin & Associates in November of 2016. David has 40 plus years of experience in the construction industry serving as a site supervisor and construction manager in the residential and commercial fields, and operations manager in the industrial field. David has extensive knowledge in concrete, framing, trim, flooring, and roofing. His focus is on execution and innovation while holding schedules and budgets a top priority. David’s prior experiences also include being a journeyman carpenter and owning a framing and general contracting business. When not at work, David enjoys being an avid distance cyclist with completing 12 MS150 rides as well as a distance runner with completing multiple marathon and ultra-marathon events. He has also led a volunteer group serving monthly at the Ronald McDonald House in Houston since 2010. Through David’s volunteer work, he raises money benefiting many organizations all while putting God first. David resides in Houston with his wife, has 6 kids and 14 grandchildren with ages ranging from two to college age.

Mark Nowlin

Project Manager


Mark Nowlin joined K Austin & Associates in the Summer of 2012. He has enjoyed a longstanding career in the construction industry, beginning at a plaster company and as Vice President of Claymark, specializing in drywall construction services, for the last 25 years. Mark currently manages a wide variety of interior build-out and renovation projects for K Austin. He is service minded and delivers K Austin quality work. We are glad to have him as a valued member of our team. Mark is a fellow Houstonian, an outdoorsman, and spends his pastime with his wife, two sons and three grandchildren.

Tara Johnson

Office Manager


Tara Johnson joined K Austin & Associates in May of 2016. She has over 20 years of legal assistant and administrative experience in the areas of asbestos, bankruptcy, and litigation. She also held an insurance agent license in the State of Idaho while working in the auto, home, and aircraft industries. Tara is currently Office Manager for the Company and handles accounts payable and receivable information, billing, insurance, contract documents, document control, as well as, various other responsibilities. Tara holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Management from the University of Texas at Tyler and an Associates Degree in Legal Assistant studies from Tyler Junior College. She is also active in the community with volunteering as the Girl Scout Leader for her daughter’s troop, and maintains website & Facebook pages for the PTA at her son’s school.

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