John R. Burgess is a prominent entrepreneur in the Chicagoland area and has been the driving force behind many successful enterprise level businesses. He believes in hard work, and he has dedicated himself to achieving results from his efforts. It all started as a young man with a fruit stand simply trying to help his family through the day. He has turned those business skills and his work ethic into the premier business development company in North America.
Burgess is now the leader of the number one management consulting company for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States and Canada.
Since 1991, Burgess companies have shown tremendous growth and were among, the fastest growing privately held company in 1996 & 1997. No other management consulting company has ranked higher. By 1999, Burgess’s business had already reached annual revenues of $105 million. By 2016, they achieved $2 billion in cumulative revenue. Additionally, services were expanded and three new businesses were started, which have helped medium and small businesses in need of capital for expansion, tax strategies, estate planning, and assistance in the sale or acquisition of a business. Growth and risk have played a major role in Burgess’s advancements. By focusing on the critical variables of the short-term business owners can ensure they will be around for the long-term.
Burgess is perfectly matched to the entrepreneurial model. He is an influential leader; it is one of his favorite things to motivate and teach others how to be better and reach their potential. Helping others succeed is key to business success. That is what a good leader does. Some of Burgess’s influences in life have also been great leaders, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, President Bill Clinton, and President George H. W. Bush. He looks to them as his inspiration.
Burgess’s advice to other business owners is to be a good leader. He states, “Build a strong management team, don’t lose focus on the importance of the ‘business of the business’, and most importantly play to win every day.” It is important to Burgess to give back as well. He supports local charities, employee recognition, family time. They are all part of a well-balanced life; essential for success in business