About Cautious Coffee

Cautious Coffee was created in the summer of 2020 by Austin Staton and DeRae Crane as a forum for candid, often uncomfortable conversations. There is always something that we can learn from one another. Our purpose is to build a community that is a space to learn, grow and gain knowledge on key issues that are impacting our country and culture. We invite our network to share their thoughts and insights on key societal issues as they see and understand them.

About DeRae Crane

DeRae Crane currently lives in Houston, Texas, and works in energy. He is originally from Davenport, Iowa, and is a military veteran with a deployment to Afghanistan. 

His military career has spanned 11 years in the US Army. He spent six years as a logistics officer, and a member of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program where he participated in boxing. The last five have been spent as a Civil Affairs (CA) officer, leading a CA team that specializes in Central and South America, and the Caribbean. 

Prior to joining corporate America and the Army, DeRae boxed for the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University. He began boxing at the age of nine and retired from the sport in 2016 with a second-place finish at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Trials after a 20-year boxing career, competing in over 300 boxing matches. DeRae is currently an MBA candidate at Rice University.

About Austin Staton

Austin Staton is an award-winning communicator with more than 13 years of experience. He currently works at Pierpont Communications in Houston, is the immediate past president for IABC Houston, and is the founder of two podcasts — The Business Communicators and The Weekly Brew.

Under Austin’s direction, IABC Houston was recognized as the 2020 IABC International Chapter of the Year, Medium Chapter of the Year, and won six Chapter Management Awards.

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

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