Trendsetter to Know: Dave Burns, CEO of Burns Pest Elimination

Name: Dave Burns

Twitter: @BurnsPest


Instagram: @burnspest


Age: 63

Title: President/CEO

Married/Single: Married to my best friend, Linda

Kids: Yes, our son Cory is now also part of the family business.

City you live in: Phoenix

A typical day in my life includes… 

Trip to the gym, head into the office, talk with our Executives, a call to check up on my parents, go through emails, social media accounts, and attend meetings. Lots and lots of meetings. If I can throw in a nap it’s a perfect day.

I was born… Yes. Contrary to popular belief I was not hatch or flown in from another space.

My favorite thing about Arizona… The People. I think the overall climate, cities and culture makes Arizonans some of the greatest people in the USA. I also love the diversity of our State. Big cities, small towns, lakes, desert, mountains. We have it all.

I’m listening to… My ears ring because Spotify “Energy Booster Country” is really loud.

My family… Is my life. My Wife is my best friend, my son and daughter in law are my pride and joy, My Grandkids are my everything.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Every politician in Washington. I would like to slap a little common sense into them. After that, I want to send them home and put them in timeout because they are acting like little kids.

One thing I cannot live without… Work. I love my work. I find purpose, happiness, and challenges in my work life and I really look forward to it (most days).

When I was younger, I wanted to be… an attorney. I’m fascinated by law, courts and the art of litigation and negotiation.

I’m inspired by… Entrepreneurs. I love to hear about people that have taken an idea, a leap of faith, a dream and chased it to success. Only in America can anyone with an idea or a dream build it into a reality.

The one person who motivates me is… My Grandkids. I want to be a part of their lives for as long as God allows. So I keep a focus on myself to make sure I can be a part of life for them as they grow up.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… To feed the hungry and end homelessness for the needy.

The perfect day would be… Playing with my Grandkids and having dinner with my family.

My first job was… Washing boats and being a lot boy at my family’s boat business.

My favorite escape… The mountains. In a jeep, on a bike, in a side x side, or a hike doesn’t really matter. I just love the mountains.

My life… Is amazing.

I’m currently working on… My future. As I grow older and our business continues to transition, I need to keep a look out for what make me happy and how I stay productive both physically and mentally.

Always… Have FUN.

Never… Quit.

Favorite Quote… It’s a recent one that was just shared with me and it has really made me think. “The Big Doesn’t Eat The Small, It’s the Fast That Eats The Slow.”

Biggest Dream… To make a difference in someone’s life that didn’t expect it.

My Pet Peeve(s)… Entitlement. People that expect things just because they feel they are owed. Go Earn It.

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