“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.
- 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.
- Childhood food that you still won’t eat? Coconut.
- Dead or alive who would you most love to cook with or work with? Oscar Wilde
- 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.
- 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.
- How has managing non-profits changed during your career? Blessedly there are much higher expectations and vibrant collaboration happening now than 20 years ago.
- Most challenging ingredient to work with? In the kitchen? That would be me.
- Who is your biggest culinary inspiration and why? The welfare mothers I have known who somehow, someway create meals on about $4 a day.
- 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.
- 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!
- Any great food sites you’d recommend? www.thresquare.org and www.helpoutdineoutlv.org
- Your absolute must have kitchen item? Crockpot
- Your death row meal? Anything prepared by world-renowned chef Kim Canteenwalla.
- Staple junk food in your pantry? Chips and queso – the perfect combination to bring peace to the Middle East.
- Anything else? Seth Makowsky should move to Las Vegas.