Bill Burke

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Bill Burke

Portland Sea Dogs

Laureate 2017

Bill Burke is an executive, producer, author, and community leader with extensive leadership experience in cable television and digital businesses. Since 2010, he has served as chairman of the Portland Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, succeeding his late father and franchise founder, Dan Burke. In this role, Bill and his sister, Sally McNamara, are committed to fulfilling their father’s vision to provide a fun, affordable place for families to gather and a top-notch training environment for future big leaguers; all the while striving to have a positive impact on the greater Portland community and the state of Maine.

In addition to his responsibilities with the Sea Dogs, Bill co-wrote, produced and directed the 2016 documentary feature film, Live Another Day, the inside story of the government bailout of the U.S. auto industry. Before that, he co-authored with Ted Turner his New York Times best-selling autobiography Call Me Ted. As a community leader in Maine, Bill is the current board chair at Maine Medical Center and the US Biathlon Association and was previously the trustee chair of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Prior to writing and producing, Bill spent several years in various executive leadership positions. In 2002, he was named president and CEO of The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC), where he oversaw all operations of The Weather Channel® network;; Weather Services International (WSI); and various digital cable, radio, newspaper and interactive television products.

Bill is a graduate of Amherst College and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School. Prior to graduate school he also held positions at National Geographic Television and Mattel Toys. Bill was a National Trustee for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and served on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. He has also been a trustee of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, The Clean Air Campaign of Atlanta, and the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minorities in Media. Bill was a member of the advisory board of Maine Bank and Trust and The Carter Center Board of Councilors. Currently, he and his wife, Karen live in Cape Elizabeth and have two grown children.

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