Gary Burton: Chairman
Gary Burton graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Political Science and Economics. He started his own construction business in the 70’s and built over 500 homes—many of which were multi-million dollar homes. As a builder he is known for his attention to detail, his excellence in quality materials, and his insistence on 100% customer satisfaction.
Gary has also been involved in the development business and has helped to develop over 35 subdivisions in South Tulsa. Over the past 30 years, he has also been involved with businesses such as The International Furniture Store, Burton Liquor Mart, Burton- Deel Trucking, Joplin Honda, and a former partner in McGraw, Davisson Stewart. He owned and operated two self-storage companies for over 10 years, and leased commercial property in Arkansas. He also served on the board of directors at Tulsa National Bank for approximately 18 years, as well as an Advisory Council for Senator Mike Mazzei. Gary was responsible for the implementation of a “no-tax” weekend for the State of Oklahoma offering tax-free shopping for school clothes and supplies at the beginning of each school year.
David Burton: President
As the VP of Hotel operations, David oversees all of the operations of our hotels, making sure they operate in accordance with our own high standards as well as Choice Hotels quality and brand standards. He works with a great team in our Tulsa office as well as our outstanding employees at each of our hotels. David grew up in the Tulsa area, attending Jenks High School and then moved to Texas to attend Baylor University earning a Finance/Management degree in 2002. He entered the hotel business in 2007 to start the planning for our first hotel in Tyler, TX. Since then we have expanded to four hotels in Texas and New Mexico. His favorite parts about the job are that every day is different and he gets to work with our truly outstanding team.
Curtis White: Director of OperationsCurtis is responsible for procurement, development, and operations of new and existing properties. He is also responsible for directing our opening service teams as well as day to day operations.
Joanna Burns: Regional Director of Sales
Joanna joined our team in 2013 and has an extensive background in full service hotel, restaurant and operations management. She is responsible for multiple properties’ day to day as well as corporate level operations.
Tanya Willis: Human Resources DirectorTanya is responsible for the management of Human Resources for Burton Hotel Group and its subsidiaries. Her career with the Burton family started in 1994 and she has been an integral part in all Mr. Burton’s business endeavors.
Ronda Lau: Accounts Receivable
Ronda joined our team in 2015 and has an comprehensive business background. With over 17 years of management, finance, and accounting experience she is responsible for the receivables of the company.