John Austin

John Austin

It was announced recently that three McKenzie men have jointly purchased Bob Rutledge Advertising from the founders, Bob and Cheriadeth Rutledge. They will be operating the business as 4 Front Promotional Products, in McKenzie and West Tennessee. Mike Brown, who operated the business for the past six years, is no longer with the company.

Businessmen Mark Anderson, John Austin, and John Wright, have formed a partnership to purchase the assets of the promotional products distributorship and will move the business into their office complex (and former home of the business) at 1751 Cedar Street, McKenzie.

Austin will be the principal operating officer for the partnership, working with the company’s client base throughout McKenzie and the West Tennessee area. Anderson and Wright will provide support for the day-to- day operation of the company. Bob Rutledge will assist the new owners for a period of time after the sale.

Austin, 49, a native of Jackson, is a graduate of Bethel University and for the past seven years has held a supervisory position in the legal department of a national company, operating in Paris. He is married to the former Natalie Surber and they have two sons, Reed and Ben.

Austin will begin his work with 4 Front Promotional Products in mid-March.

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