|David F Weber, President
David Weber is the new president of Burke Corporation. He comes from a successful post as Hormel foodservice Southeast regional sales manager based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He’s bringing with him enthusiasm honed in sales, product management and sales management for Hormel, where he has worked for two decades. David is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in hotel and restaurant management.
|Thomas R. Burke, CPM, Vice President Purchasing
Tom is one of Burke Corporation’s senior employees, having worked in a variety of roles in the family business since 1976. In his current role, he is responsible for all areas of purchasing and supplier certification. He holds a degree in business administration and is a registered Certified Purchasing Manager with the National Association of Purchasing Managers Inc.
|Douglas Cooprider, Vice President Sales & Marketing
Doug joined the Burke Corporation team in 1990 and has responsibility for all aspects of sales and marketing. He has broad experience in the pizza industry, working in a variety of sales and sales management roles. Doug is a graduate of Wichita State University.
|Casey B. Frye, Ph.D., Vice President Research & Development
Dr. Frye re-joined Burke Corporation in 1991 in his present capacity, managing all components of research and development. He has held several key positions in academia and holds a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in meat science. He is an active member in the American Meat Science Institute.
|John C. Olson, Vice President Technical Services
John joined Burke Corporation in 1988 and has held a variety of positions in the meat industry. He has extensive experience in meat technology, technical services, quality control and production management. John is a veteran of the U.S. Army and holds a master’s degree in meat science from Iowa State University.
|David J. Weber, Senior Vice President Operations
Dave joined Burke Corporation in 1994 as vice president of operations. Previously, he had held a variety of management positions with other value-added processors, including The Turkey Story, Brakebush Brothers and Johnsonville Sausage. Dave is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc., with a degree in food science.
William J. Burke Sr., Founder
Burke Corporation was founded by Bill Burke Sr. After working for Patrick Cudahy and Dubuque Packing companies, he was introduced to the pizza industry when he joined Pronto Foods, a frozen pizza manufacturer in Ames, Iowa. Under Mr. Burke’s leadership, the company shifted direction and began to produce fully cooked custom pizza toppings. While Mr. Burke is no longer with us, Burke Corporation continues to operate under his philosophy – give the customer what they want, when they want it, every time.
William J. Burke Jr., Past President
With a lifelong history of working for Burke Corporation, Bill has filled a number of different roles for the company. Since 1991, he has served as president, providing strategic direction and working with key staff and operating managers to achieve corporate goals. He is a graduate of the Business College at Iowa State University. Bill retired in 2012.