ACADEMICS AND HONORS
Burns' career in entrepreneurship began with his business plan developed in a 4th year entrepreneurship class at UVa's McIntire School of Commerce, in which he enrolled as a 1st year student. That summer (1977) Burns took his business plan and implemented it on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, opening up Nantucket Moped. In a 20 year span, Burns created the largest recreational rental chain in the world, eventually opening up over 100 locations around the U.S. and Caribbean.
In addition to being a founding member of the world's largest entrepreneurs organization, at age 29, he was the youngest participant in the history of Harvard Business School's Owners and Presidents Management Program. Along with the long list of accomplishments, Burns has been featured in scores of publications, radio interviews and televisions including The Arizona Republic, CNN, Fox Business, Entrepreneur Magazine, the Phoenix Business Journal, The State Press, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.
• Phoenix Business Journal “Top 50 Power Brokers”
• Arizona FBLA Business Person of the Year
• “Power Players of Phoenix” - Phoenix Business Journal Honoree
• “Top 100 U.S. Entrepreneurs Under 30” - Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (3 years)
• Youngest Participant in History (29) - Harvard Business School’s Owners and Presidents Management Program
• Nominated Arthur Young’s “Youngest Entrepreneur of the Year”