J. Dennis Burks
J. Dennis Burks

Dennis Burks is an experienced executive in the tourism / travel industry as well as the nonprofit sector. He holds a bachelor's degree in General Management from The University of Georgia.


His most recent assignment was Executive Vice President and General Manager of SeaWorld San Diego where he lead a team of 4,200 employees, oversaw an animal collection in excess of 20,000, and was responsible for insuring that the millions of visiting guests received the amazing educational and entertaining experience for which SeaWorld is famous.


He is the principal of Burks Associates, consulting to the tourism / hospitality industry and the general business community. He has extensive non-profit experience having served on the board of directors of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.


Currently, Mr. Burks serves on the board of the John Brockington Foundation, the San Diego Maritime Museum, and is the Chairman of the board of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. He is also on the Holiday Bowl Committee and a member of Rotary Club 33. Mr. Burks is married with two children and lives in the Carmel Valley neighborhood of San Diego.


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