Chairman & CEO
Bob Burke founded Burke America in 2007. He brings to the firm a proven track record of building
businesses, managing operations and investing in middle-market companies. He worked in private
equity as an executive for TSI Holding Company (Director of Mergers and Acquisitions), River Road
Capital Partners (Partner), and Goldman Sachs (Associate), overseeing financial management and
industry research within the sectors of parts distribution and industrial distribution. Prior,
Bob worked for Arthur Andersen in the Finance and Economic Consulting Group (Business Analyst).
Bob is the Founder and Chairman of Ladder Up (, one of the country’s
largest financial services companies for the working poor, an organization he started while at
Arthur Andersen in 1994. Ladder Up has 18,600 volunteers, serves 317,000 families, and has
returned $562 million to the community. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School where he
was a Ewing Marion Kauffman Entrepreneurial Fellow and Harvard Business School Fellow. Bob received
a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame, where he was named a
Notre Dame Scholar. In 2001, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Paul O’Neill nominated and
appointed Bob to the Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Advisory Board — a national 100-person
board representing the interests and concerns of over 120 million taxpayers across the U.S. Bob was
awarded the Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago magazine in 2012. In 2015, Bob was named the outstanding
Alumnus of the year by the University of Notre Dame within the college of business and accounting
department. Bob is an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).