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Mary Siekman Whatley: Mark Burke a born leader

Mary Siekman WhatleyBreckenridge

Some people are born to be leaders in the community. I believe Mark Burke is one of those people. I met Mark in 1999 when Johnson & Wales University was preparing to open a new campus in Denver. This was the first university new to Colorado since the late 1800s. I was secretary of a foundation supporting that campus. Mark was the president of Johnson & Wales, a private university.My husband and I attended many functions at the university and had the pleasure of meeting Mark’s family, his staff and graduates of the school. All were impressive, genuine and professional. I was an outsider but witnessed first-hand someone who looks at a world full of possibilities and sincerely cares about the community. Mark has extraordinary abilities at fundraising and saw to the completion of the renovation of historic buildings on campus. He worked tirelessly, motivating and inspiring the students.I was significantly impressed that Mark worked with a balanced budget and was a good steward of the foundations and tuition dollars. Given the opportunity to serve on the Breckenridge Town Council, he will work with these same skills in being a good steward with the town’s tax dollars.Mark has the unique ability to keep focused on accomplishment while working through challenging situations. Your vote for Mark Burke to serve on the Breckenridge Town Council will be a vote for a better Breckenridge.


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