Am I supposed to write this in 3rd person?
Seriously, that was the first thought that came to my mind when I sat down to write. After weighing his options, Austin decided to proceed in a 3rd person voice.
Austin Burkhart is a young leader with a résumé that reflects his dedication, work ethic, and natural talent. His ten years in media & technology have provided Burkhart with a wide range of skills and experiences, from filming and editing short features, promotional videos, and corporate communications to producing live events, hosting conferences and leading the development on an online fundraising platform.
Burkhart graduated from Roswell High School as a member of the National Honor Society, earning a dual diploma with distinction. He was also honored as the “Top Media Student” his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Burkhart entered the University of Georgia in the fall of 2009 where his grades immediately placed him on the Dean’s List.
Burkhart was accepted a year early into the prestigious Terry College of Business and Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. At UGA, Burkhart served as the 2012 President of his fraternity, Beta Upsilon Chi, and was a student leader in the Wesley Foundation. He graduated from the University of Georgia in the Spring of 2013 with two degrees, Mass Media Arts and Marketing.
In the summer of 2011, Burkhart interned with WAGA-TV/FOX 5 Atlanta’s 10:00 p.m. prime time newscast. At FOX 5 Burkhart wrote content, created and edited packages, and assisted field reporting stand-ups. One of Burkhart’s videos was shown as part of the 2012 Leadercast Conference. In addition, he has produced promotional videos for his clients, school, and church.
In the summer of 2012, Burkhart developed and activated a program to learn from 8 Leaders in 8 Organizations across the country over the summer. You can learn more about his summer of “mini-internships” in his blog.
As a senior, Burkhart founded the ONE2 Conference, hosting a one-night event where over 100 college students had conversations about faith and work with 20 Christian business and community leaders. To bring ONE2 to life, Burkhart developed a sustainable financial model; created online and on campus marketing plan; as well as hired and tasked the production team, graphic artist, web designer, caterer, videographers, and event staff. In 2014 he expanded the event to Clemson University in addition to hosting two more events at UGA.
In college, Burkhart was hired by an school fundraising company, whose “Boosterthon Fun Run” is held at over 1000 elementary schools across the country, to edit their bi-weekly internal communication videos. He also coordinated multimedia for their three-day corporate conference. After graduation, he accepted a full-time position as the Creative Project leader for Booster’s Marketing and Media department.
Currently, Burkhart serves as their Technology Product Owner, leading the development of the online pledging platform used by over 1,500,000 sponsors a year. His responsibilities include prioritizing development of features in the site, working with company leadership to deliver the most business value, and collaborating with developers to design and implement new features.
Having joined the Boy Scouts of America as a youth, Burkhart earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting. His hobbies include camping, playing recreational sports, and building these. (Just wanted to see if you were still paying attention.) Austin and his wife Katie now live in Atlanta.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a greater strength, not a greater knowledge, but rather a greater will.