Walter Burgess is the VP of Sales and Engineering for Power Technology, Inc., a company his family founded more than forty years ago. Although Power Technology is an established business, Walter Burgess is a serial entrepreneur of a different variety. He has led many entrepreneurial efforts at Power Technology over the past twenty years. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Arkansas STEM Coalition which is involved in a variety of social entrepreneur activities.
Walter serves in multiple organizations at a leadership level. He has started two organizations (one non-profit, one for profit)
From a business standpoint, he is passionate about lasers, optics, and photonics. Walter provides technology leadership, project management, and business leadership to a great team of people who manufacture lasers for analytic, scientific, defense, and semiconductor applications.
On the non-profit side, he is passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) education. To fulfill that passion, he serves on two college boards, the Arkansas STEM Coalition, and on two magazine editorial boards. He believes that Arkansas business future starts with STEM education.
As a leader, Walter has completed the State Chamber's Leadership Arkansas program and has been recognized as '40 Under 40' by Arkansas Business Publishing Group. He has also led Power Technology to a win in 2008 for Arkansas Business of the Year, three nominations for Arkansas Business of the Year and a 2010 recognition in the Governors Award for Excellence in Global Trade.