Born: Wichita Falls, Texas
Education: bachelor’s degree, business administration in accounting, Texas A&M University
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a sports broadcaster. I was very passionate about sports and football and played it for many years. At some point, I realized I wasn’t talented enough to take it to the next level.
What’s your favorite board game and why?
I love to play chess just because it’s incredibly intellectually challenging, and I routinely get thumped by one of my 6-year-old twins. It’s an intellectual battlefield.
Burkett on people: An organization is nothing more than a group of people trying to accomplish the best they can, and the single greatest organizing principle that there is, when you have a group of people, is to allow them to build relationships and get to know each other. If you start thinking of a company as an inorganic thing, then you’re missing an opportunity. Think of it as an organic thing, and the life and blood of it are the people people like to do things with people they know. They get energy out of that and get focus out of that.
Resume fast fact: Burkett founded and then served as CEO of SourceNet Solutions Inc., one of the first pure finance- and accounting-focused business process outsourcing companies. He led it to growth of 500 employees throughout North America and Europe between 1996 and 2005.