In this episode of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek speaks with Alexandra Benton of ACSI Environmental Consultants. Alexandra shares her slice of life in Waco and talks about how taking over a company as a 23-year old groomed her into the CEO she is today. Meek also covers the Texas Food Truck Showdown, movement on the Milo Biscuit Company storefront, and a new home services platform from the Dwyer Group called "Neighborly."
Inside the Episode:
0:41 - Texas Food Truck Showdown recap with Amanda Haygood
2:20 - Milo on the move towards downtown
3:30 - New Urbanist principles at work
4:01 - Downtown's gain, Elm's loss
5:00 - The Dwyer Group's Neighborly with Mike Bidwell
8:35 - Alexandra Benton's four generations in Waco
9:58 - Growing up
11:25 - "The Waco Suck"
13:38 - Brands doing it "the Waco Way"
14:53 - Camaraderie between local businesses
16:35 - Reckless Ironworks, her husband's company
17:29 - Balancing work and relationship as an entrepreneur
19:03 - Drive and discipline
19:38 - Company history
20:38 - Taking over at age 23
21:15 - Changes lead to exponential growth
22:30 - Advice to working women
24:23 - Next steps for ACSI