burton + BURTON™ : Turning a Great Idea into a Thriving Family Business

On our May 13th broadcast, we are honored to welcome Maxine Burton, President and Founder of burton + BURTON TM,   a family owned and operated business based in Bogart, Georgia.  If you have ever purchased or received a latex or foil balloon—you have probably touched one of her products.

Maxine will share the story of launching her business in 1982 under the name of Flowers, Inc. Balloons.  Along the way from those very first days to building a business that is today one of the largest suppliers of balloons and coordinating gift products in the world, Maxine has also managed to raise a family, travel the globe, participate in her community and create a business where people love to work and where three generations of a family come together to build this thriving (and still growing) business.

A 2008 recipient of the Georgia Family Business of the Year Award, Large Category, burton + BURTON TMemploys over 300 people—-all considered an extension of the Burton family.

Her company offers over 15,000 products including latex and foil balloons, ribbon, floral supplies, plush ceramics, and baskets. Maxine’s husband, Bob serves as CEO and her mother, son and daughter all work along side her to ensure their customers have—“the TOTAL gift Experience.”

You won’t want to miss a minute of this Bogart, Georgia and family business success story.  As always—there will be great insights as we feature this newest member of our Family Business Radio community.

Our Guest:

Maxine BurtonSince 1982, as president and founder of Flowers, Inc. Balloons, Maxine Burton has established her company as a leader in the balloon and gift industry.  Maxine earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education from the University of Georgia, where she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.  Se has continued her education at Harvard Business School, taking executive courses in 1998 and 2001.  Maxine has received numerous local and national awards recognizing her as a leader in her industry and for her service to her community, including the William E. “Billy” Hudson Distinguished Citizen Award, NE Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 2008, The Leading Woman Entrepreneurs of the World by The Star Group and Outstanding Georgia Citizen by Secretary of State Cathy Cox to name only a few.

Current Boards/Activities include:  Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard, Business School, University of Georgia Arch Foundation Trustee and Board Member, Georgia Ports Authority Board, St. Mary’s Foundation Board, First American Bank Board, One Georgia-Bank-Founding Board Member, Development Authority Athens –Clarke Country Board, Member of the Committee of 200, Member of Society of International Business Fellows, Leadership Athens and Leadership Georgia.

Maxine Burton, President and Founder, burton + BURTON™, 325 Cleveland Rd., Bogart, GA    706-548-1588 or 800-241-2094

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