The Burkett file Featured

8:00pm EDT April 25, 2008

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.