Auggie has worked in government service or government relations in Washington, D.C. since 1981. Most recently he served as Executive Director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, a trade association dedicated to furthering the interests of U.S. manufacturing. At earlier points in his career, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles & Apparel at the U.S. Department of Commerce under President George H. W. Bush, and Chief of Staff to U. S. Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina. Auggie earned a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Clemson University.