Gene Austin Joins Abila Board of Directors

July 08, 2014 – AUSTIN, Texas – Abila today announced the addition of Gene Austin, chief executive officer, president and director of Bazaarvoice, to its board of directors. Austin becomes the fifth member of Abila’s board.

“With his experience serving nonprofit and association customers, Gene is familiar with the strategic and financial decisions they have to make as they work to advance their missions and goals,” said Krista Endsley, Abila CEO. “Beyond his exceptional leadership skills, business acumen and proven success at growing companies, Gene’s operational and technical expertise make him a great addition to our Board of Directors. Gene brings a perspective that will be critical as we continue to expand the solutions we provide.”

Prior to his current role at Bazaarvoice, Austin served as president and CEO of Convio, Inc. Austin led the growth of Convio through a successful initial public offering and ultimately its acquisition by Blackbaud. While at the helm, Convio built a strong reputation for customer service and for delivering innovative and effective SaaS-based software solutions to the nonprofit sector. During his tenure, Convio powered the online fundraising and constituent relationship management programs for some the world’s most well-known nonprofits and associations, helping them increase their fundraising and revenue generation programs, and more efficiently and effectively manage relationships and operations.

Austin also served as BMC Software’s vice president and general manager of Enterprise Data Management and previously worked at Dell as vice president and general manager of Internet Servers. He also served as senior vice president of sales and marketing at, where he contributed significantly to growth leading to a 1999 public offering.

“I look forward to sharing my experiences and contributing to the future direction and growth of Abila, which has a decades-long history as a recognized industry leader and trusted partner to nonprofit, association, and government agency customers,” said Austin. “Abila’s enhanced product lineup and expanded partner ecosystem demonstrate the company’s tremendous momentum. With the collective experience and passion of the Abila team, we are well-positioned to deliver the transformative software and services that enable nonprofit organizations to advance their mission and goals.”


Abila partners with leaders of nonprofit organizations, associations and government agencies by providing a comprehensive suite of software solutions that help organizations advance their mission and goals, increase engagement with members, donors, and other constituents, more efficiently and effectively manage programs and operations, raise more money, and deliver financial accountability to their constituents. Organizations trust Abila to simplify and streamline accounting, grant management, donor and member engagement and large scale fundraising processes so they can perform their best work and focus on delivering their unique mission. For more information, please visit

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