CEO Brian Burton Answers Seth Makowsky’s #MGTOP10

Brian Burton President & CEO of Three Square Food Bank
Brian Burton CEO Three Square Food Bank

“No matter who we are, no matter what circumstance we’re in, we’re all in the same boat. Our destinies are intertwined.” – Brian Burton, President & CEO Three Square Food Bank

This week Seth Makowsky tracked down Brian Burton, President & CEO of Three Square Food Bank, for our #MRGTOP10 Q&A series. Brian has an extensive background with non-profits spanning over 2 decades. With an MBA and a Master of Divinity degree to his name, this guy isn’t your typical CEO.
  1. The best thing you’ve ever managed and why? Successfully incubating four quail eggs after 23 days in a tiny brooder in Arkansas when I was 8 years old. This taught me the reality of God in such a miraculous birthing of life.
  2. Childhood food that you still won’t eat? Coconut.
  3. Dead or alive who would you most love to cook with or work with? Oscar Wilde
  4. Why did you decide to become a leader in non-profits? To uplift the lives of the working poor to assist their journey out of poverty.
  5. Funniest food or work-related mishap/incident? Spilling milk all over me as my chair collapsed in a bar in Austin, prompting a standing ovation by everyone there.
  6. How has managing non-profits changed during your career? Blessedly there are much higher expectations and vibrant collaboration happening now than 20 years ago.
  7. Most challenging ingredient to work with? In the kitchen? That would be me.
  8. Who is your biggest culinary inspiration and why? The welfare mothers I have known who somehow, someway create meals on about $4 a day.
  9. What is your best career accomplishment to date? Coming to Three Square and helping it flower into fullness. There’s no other place like this on earth.
  10. What is your favorite aspect of your business? Working with volunteers, our board, staff, agency partners, and donors — the people piece is my inspiration.

Bonus Round with Brian Burton!

  1. Any great food sites you’d recommend? and
  2. Your absolute must have kitchen item? Crockpot
  3. Your death row meal? Anything prepared by world-renowned chef Kim Canteenwalla.
  4. Staple junk food in your pantry? Chips and queso – the perfect combination to bring peace to the Middle East.
  5. Anything else? Seth Makowsky should move to Las Vegas.
Craving more of Brian Burton? Follow Brian on Twitter and make sure to follow Three Square Food Bank too.

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