About The Business Communicators

The Business Communicators takes professionals on a journey that explores the key issues and trends that impact our industry. Focusing on professional development, each episode features a compelling conversation with c-suite executives, strategists, nationally-acclaimed journalists, and digital influencers. The show is hosted and produced by Austin Staton, and co-hosted by Hattie Horn, Thomas Baen, and Kim Davis.

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Austin Staton

Founder, Host

Austin is an award-winning communicator with more than 15 years of experience. He currently works at TC Energy in Houston, is the past president for IABC Houston, and is the founder of three podcasts — Cautious CoffeeThe Business Communicators and The Weekly Brew.

Austin is a native of The Woodlands, Texas, and earned a political science degree from Baylor University in 2010.

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Hattie Horn


Hattie Horn is an award-winning change management and communications practitioner with 20-plus years of experience. She currently works as a senior organizational change management consultant at Optiv.

In 2020, Hattie was recognized by IABC Houston with three Bronze Quill Awards, including Best in Show, for her employee engagement work as bp rebuilt its Houston facilities following damage sustained from Hurricane Harvey.

Hattie is a native of Houston, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and theatre from Prairie View A&M University. #HBCU

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Thomas Baen


With more than 15 years of marketing experience, Thomas brings experience in all three facets of marketing communications: strategy, execution and measurement/reporting. But in reality his success is measured on growing business outcomes. 

A customer-first belief and ensuring delivery of the right message, at the right time, in the right medium, to the right person has allowed him to move seamlessly across industries. 

Thomas also gives back to the marketing communications in the form of a judge for an international organization awards programs, specializing in complete campaign and measurement.

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Kim Davis


Kim helps organizational leaders and entrepreneurs develop a mass communications blueprint so they can increase engagement, productivity and ultimately profits. From defining the message, to preparing for and delivering the interview we simplify the process so you can shine.

With more than 30 years of experience in TV news, sports, and media management for affiliates such as NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, WB, and Comcast she has broadcasted thousands of stories, interviews, and live shows.

She currently is the host of Chalk Talk, a live weekly digital show designed to teach anyone, especially women, how to be conversational about sports and to go beyond the headlines of today’s cultural and social issues.

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