Tony Burke
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Tony Burke

Anthony (Tony) Burke is an inspirational entrepreneurial leader who transforms legacy and emerging organizations through vision, innovation, and thoughtful execution. He stimulates and drives the exploration of new possibilities and brings them to fruition. He sees around corners, disrupting stagnation and creating growth. Tony focuses on developing strategic branding while building powerful partnerships to deliver revenues and profits. He is a motivational and passionate team leader who energizes others to accomplish exceptional performance in planning, business development, sales and marketing.

Tony applies his more than 30 years of business and consulting experience, transforming teams toward generative corporate lifestyle habits that create more agile/adaptive cultures for the sake of better business outcomes.
– managing complexity, polarities and introducing change
– inspiring others towards a challenging future vision
– building consensus and commitment
– leading across generations
– winning the transition

Tony is a results-driven executive and top corporate officer with a demonstrated track record of achievement in transformational management, business strategy, marketing, entrepreneurship and cross-functional team leadership. Established capabilities in profit/loss management, innovation best practices and customer experience.

He is adept at piloting organizations through strategic inflection points to a position of strength and advantage (while simultaneously nurturing the financial health of the core business). Tony specializes in empowering enterprise-wide focus on essential customer-centric business capabilities, brand positioning initiatives, marketing strategies and execution in multiple industries.

Tony is the CEO of Pivot Health Advisors, a management consulting firm committed to advancing commercial products/services that help advance and evolve the U.S. health system. The team serves as Advisors, consultants and partners with companies that are seeking to understand and navigate the complexities of the health care market. As former C-suite executives from major health systems, rural hospitals and national industry organizations, Pivot is uniquely positioned to guide companies toward the quadruple aim in health care.

Most recently, Tony served on the executive committee of American Hospital Association (AHA) as senior vice president and also served as president and CEO of both AHA Solutions, Inc., and AHA SmartMarket, Inc., AHA for-profit subsidiaries.

During his nearly 20-year tenure with the AHA, Tony formed and advised more than 250 strategic/collaborative partnerships under the AHA brand, providing significant value to health care providers and turning the endorsement into a valuable differentiator for products and services serving health care.

A serial entrepreneur, Tony also created the National Healthcare Career Network launched in 2009 and has since aligned more than 320 professional associations and specialty societies to address the nation’s health care workforce shortages. He also spearheaded the development of AHA SmartMarket, an online platform designed to connect health care professionals with their peers and experts in the field.

Prior to AHA, Tony counseled clients at one of the world’s leading marketing/communications firms and managing financial communications for Sara Lee Corporation, a Fortune 50 consumer product company in Chicago. Tony was principal of his own marketing consulting firm in Chicago, where he counseled AHA Solutions, as well as other local and national organizations.

Tony earned his degree in marketing from California State University at Fullerton. He is Senior Fellow of the Healthcare Research and Educational Trust (HRET) and is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, Health Care Compliance Association and the American Society of Association Executives. He is also a certified Executive Coach and Innovation Black Belt.

In 2009, Tony launched the ProActive Kids Foundation, a private 501(c)3 foundation to address the social, health, and personal issues related to childhood obesity in local communities. In this capacity, he also serves on several advisory boards for organizations focused on child health and obesity.

Tony lives in Geneva, IL and has three daughters, Alexandra, Claire and Gabrielle. In July 2012, he married Nicole (Nicki) Klinkhamer, a marketing consultant. Nicki is now also serving as executive director of the ProActive Kids Foundation. In his spare time, he enjoys motorcycles, golf and tennis.