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Richard G. Burke, Imperial Oriental Guide

Richard G. Burke of Buford, Georgia, is currently serving his fifth year as a member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children®. He was elected Imperial Oriental Guide, part of the 12-member body that helps govern the Shriners fraternity, in Tampa, Florida, on July 11, 2020.

Fraternities and Philanthropy

  • Master Mason, Buford Lodge #292, March, 2003
  • Yaarab Shriners, Atlanta, Georgia, 2003
  • President, Gwinnett Shrine Club, 2006
  • Potentate, Yaarab Shriners, 2014
  • Divan Member, Yaarab Shriners, 2008–2014, honored many times for fundraising efforts
  • Regional Imperial Public Relations Director, Southeast, 2009–2013
  • Member, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Atlanta
  • Chairman, Salaries, Personnel and Retirement, Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2019–2020 
  • Chairman, Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, 2018–2020
  • Chairman, Membership Committee, 2019–2020


  • Bachelor’s degree, Business, minors in Accounting, Computer Science, State University of New York at Geneseo, 1979

Professional and Personal

Burke was born in Endicott, New York, and moved to Atlanta after graduating from college. From 1979 to 1988, he worked as a systems consultant for NCR and Texas Instruments, where he specialized in accounting systems, voice recognition and artificial intelligence systems. After that, he worked as an IT consultant.

In 1992, he joined Payment Technologies Inc. as a partner and vice president of information technology. After selling their initial business in 2002, Burke and his business partners formed a successful internet venture called Financial Operations Networks LLC. As chief information officer, Burke is responsible for online marketing, online development, search engine optimization and part of overall business strategy decisions. The remaining business channel processes millions of accounting transactions for major companies around the world.

Burke and his wife, Judy, have been married for 27 years. They enjoy spending time with their three married children and eight grandchildren, ages 13 to 20. Burke and his wife have dedicated their lives to raising awareness of Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children since their granddaughter, Leah, received care for burn injuries at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati in 2002.