Rye Austin grew up in Colorado with a passion for the outdoors. He is the Executive Director of the Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation which protects the agricultural heritage and natural beauty of properties across the United States. Mr. Austin is an Executive Board member of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.S. in Real Estate from the University of Denver. His interests include hunting, fly fishing, bicycling, and telemark skiing.