The Sur­vivors

Inc. (USA) - - LEAD - Cas­san­dra and Aus­ton Mal­lory, Land­mark Roof­ing and Con­struc­tion

Aus­ton and Cas­san­dra mar­ried in 2007, and started their Bed­ford, Texas–based com­pany, which serves both com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial clients, in 2010. It’s No. 841 on 2015’s Inc. 5000, with three-year rev­enue growth of 473 per­cent. In 2012, Aus­ton had a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent.

CAS­SAN­DRA We’ve been to­gether 15 years. Early on, I taught sev­enth-grade al­ge­bra and he worked at a fire and wa­ter restora­tion com­pany. When I had my son, I didn’t go back to teach­ing.

AUS­TON I had done some real es­tate in­vest­ing af­ter col­lege. We kept putting roofs on houses. I saw how easy it was.

CAS­SAN­DRA Aus­ton has al­ways been an en­tre­pre­neur. Or at least wanted to be. What was the cra­zi­est idea you brought home to me?

AUS­TON Coin-op laun­dro­mats. Air­port shut­tle ser­vice. So many stupid ideas.

CAS­SAN­DRA Aus­ton has rid­den mo­tocross since he was re­ally young. In 2012, when the busi­ness was start­ing to get some mo­men­tum, he had his ac­ci­dent. We spent about three months in Colorado at a re­hab fa­cil­ity. He’s par­a­lyzed from the chest down, but it’s never slowed him. He was try­ing to do busi­ness while he was still in in­ten­sive care, and I was like, “Babe! We have other things to worry about right now.”

AUS­TON My for­mer busi­ness part­ner ran our com­pany free of charge. Friends and fam­ily helped in ev­ery pos­si­ble way. We prayed ev­ery day. You don’t re­al­ize how hard some­thing like that is un­til you get through it. I won­der if I could do it again.

CAS­SAN­DRA You could.

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