John began his national search practice when he founded Burkholder Group, Inc. in Dallas in 1989. His background is tailor-made for insurance recruiting…senior executive experience with a major Property and Casualty carrier…extensive human resources expertise in high performance environments…educated as an industrial/organizational psychologist…conducted thousands of evaluative interviews since 1975.
Prior to founding BGI, John was a senior officer for a Dallas-based subsidiary of Great American Insurance Company, an operating subsidiary of American Financial Group. He served there initially as senior vice president of human resources and administration and later took national profit and loss responsibility for one of the company’s three commercial product groups. Great American became John’s first and longest-standing key account when he started BGI.
Throughout his corporate career, John was responsible for managing the search process for executive and managerial level positions in both administrative and technical functions. His career prior to Great American included field and corporate employee and labor relations assignments with the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo and with Vulcan Materials, a Fortune 500 company in the mining and chemical industries. He was also a co-founder of Berkeley Forums, a media relations firm which trained executives and politicians to handle media interviews under adverse conditions.
John earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee and his Bachelor of Arts from Wofford College.