1/29/16 Austin Business Journal: Young and restless: 6 Austinites who are shaking up the business world

January 29, 2016 by Will Schnier P.E.

Young and restless: 6 Austinites who are shaking up the business world

Austin Business Journal, Published 1/29/2016 By Jan Buchholz

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With its bountiful recreational opportunities, happening live music and bar scenes and fast-growing job market, Austin is praised as a top city for millennials. We decided to ask around and try to identify some of the rising stars from the next class of business leaders. Below you will find five businessmen and one woman involved in real estate, tech, energy and financing. The list can hopefully serve as a roadmap for anyone trying to make their mark in this city.

Millennials on a mission: The engineer

Nearly a dozen people suggested that ABJ profile Bailey Harrington for this story — first and foremost his boss, Big Red Dog Engineering founder and CEO Will Schnier.

Harrington, now a principal at the fast-growing firm, made quite an impact on Schnier during an impromptu meeting in early 2013 when he was on leave from the army and seeking an internship.

Bailey Harrington in ABJ
Bailey Harrington is a principal at BIG RED DOG Engineering.

“What stood out was his maturity and self-confidence,” Schnier said. “Right away we could tell that Bailey was a leader.”

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2008 with a civil engineering degree, Harrington — who turned 30 the last week of December — became a military platoon leader in charge of major construction projects at Fort Hood. He eventually served as lead engineer for the battlefield surveillance brigade of more than 1,200 solders, overseeing an area of roughly 4,000 square miles in war-torn Afghanistan.

It was a heavy load, which Harrington didn’t shy away from. But after four years in the service, he was ready to do something new. His girlfriend Sarah — who was employed at the Texas Capitol — played a pivotal role in what the future held. Bailey knew her from middle school in San Antonio but it was a chance meeting with her parents that led to a first date — a Bruce Springsteen concert in Austin.

“I just knew Austin was it,” said Harrington, who then went job hunting, leading him to Big Red Dog. “I said I’d work for free.”

Schnier had no doubts.

“He’s ascended from intern to construction manager to project manager to client manager and principal in three short years,” Schnier said. “He set the standard for each position every step of the way.”

Jan Buchholz covers commercial and residential real estate, construction and architecture and retail and restaurants for the Austin Business Journal.