Nationally syndicated columnist Patrick Burke made a commitment in his youth to read two books every month and take notes on what he learned. With the wisdom of centuries in mind and hand, he founded Burke Group in 1989, focused on retirement plan consulting and fiduciary risk management, actuarial services, and executive compensation consulting.

Pat also practices what he recommends, by giving back to his community through his participation in non-profit and educational organizations. He delivers his insightful leadership to boards of directors including Lifetime Assistance, St. Ann’s Community, and Erdman Anthony, and he has given back to his alma mater as a member of the Cornell University Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise Program.


Another Perspective While Religious Tensions Are Dangerously High

December 29th, 2016|

“Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”[1] With these words of the 14th-century emperor Manuel II, Pope Benedict XVI “fomented discord” in a world beset by “more than enough religious anger.”[2] The insulting passage, taken from his Regensburg lecture of September 12, 2006, reflected the [...]


There’s more to relationships than networking

February 11th, 2013|

“The man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want.” — Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” Willy Loman never did understand that there was more to success than being liked. A couple of years ago I was asked to give a talk on networking. I asked the organizer, why me? I believe networking as taught by many [...]


What is Rochester’s advantage? It’s our people

January 28th, 2013|

I was talking to Tony DiBarnaba the other day about the company he founded 20 years ago.  Benefit Resource employs 100 in a new, 30,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Henrietta. Benefit Resource pioneered, and is a leading provider of, company-sponsored tax advantage commuter and health plans using debit cards. In addition to the corporate headquarters, it has offices in New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. DiBarnaba told me that more than 75 [...]


Casinos Are Unlikely Growth Strategy For State

January 21st, 2013|

Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out his economic priorities in his recent State of the State address. Apparently, he has determined that the next gold mine for upstate New York are casinos, which have proven to be the most significant voluntary tax available to state governments. The governor rightly points out that the state has been in the gambling game for some time, so now it's time to do it right [...]


Possible B+L sale isn’t good news for Rochester

January 14th, 2013|

It started with a simple handshake in 1853 between John Jacob Bausch and his friend Henry Lomb. Lomb loaned Bausch $60 to start an optics company with the promise that if it grew they would become full partners. This handshake gave birth to Bausch + Lomb, a great American business success story until the early 1990s, when the company was derailed by reckless ambition. Warren Buffett once said that if [...]


An Outside View of Business World From Inside

December 31st, 2012|

“I knew if I stayed around long enough, something like this would happen.” — Epitaph on George Bernard Shaw’s tombstone Not that I can write like Shaw, but believe it or not, after hanging around for three years, the Democrat and Chronicle has asked me to write a regular column about life in our business community. Talk about taking a chance. Ever since my stint on the editorial board, I [...]

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