Steven R. Franden, Broker Associate
Actively supporting Austin’s arts communities, Steven Robert Franden has encouraged events that make life in Austin so rewarding.
Originally from Chicago’s North Shore, Mr. Franden attended the University of Notre Dame and The Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy before graduating from the University of Illinois. His first post-graduate position was as Director of Youth Activities for Rotary International. He later became Charge Accounts Manager for Marshall Field and Company in Chicago. Before moving to Austin in 1981, Mr. Franden was Director of Credit Advertising and Promotions for The Broadway, a division of Carter, Hawley, Hale, Inc., in Los Angeles, for five years. For two years after his arrival in Austin, Mr. Franden was President of Major Art Collections, Inc., a company formed to promote Texas artists to interior decorators and architects, both in the United States and abroad. While retaining his interests in the arts, Mr. Franden became a real estate broker in 1983.
Mr. Franden has been an active supporter of The Austin Lyric Opera, The Austin Symphony, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and Zachary Scott Theater, as well as many other organizations. In addition, he has personally sponsored several benefits for AIDS organizations. He also served as Treasurer for The English Speaking Union of Austin from 1987-2006.
Serving his clients’ real estate needs gives Mr. Franden the opportunity to utilize his vast experience. His accomplished transactions have included serving buyers and sellers both locally and as far as Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Hungary. Assisting in relocating University of Texas professors as well as corporate dot.com employees keeps Mr. Franden busy year round. Mr. Franden is married, father of two children, grandfather of seven and is grateful for his strong office support which assists him whenever he is in Italy – which is as often as possible.
Wilson & Goldrick Broker Associate, 1983-Present
Treasurer, The English Speaking Union Austin Chapter, 1987-2006
Former Charge Accounts Mgr., Marshall Field and Company
Former Director of Youth Activities, Rotary International
Former Vice President, The Opera Ensemble of Austin
Former President, Major Art Collections in Austin