Burnie Zercher started his career path at John Brown University located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. There he received his degree in Bachelor of Science - Building Construction and Design/Structural Engineering. Burnie was the highest ranking senior in the Division of Engineering and graduated with high honors from John Brown University.
His professional experience began as a carpenter on a rough frame crew in Security, Colorado. He made his way through the field as Construction Supervisor for Sudan Interior Mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Project Superintendent for Martin K. Eby Construction Co. in Wichita, Kansas. In 1983 Burnie Zercher started his own company, Industrial Constructors/Managers, Inc. The business is currently thriving as a successful construction company operating in three states and embodies 100-120 employees.
On top of running his own company, Burnie is also involved in the Pueblo Community. Burnie joined Rotary 43 in 1986 and served as President for the 1994-1995 year term. In 1997 Burnie was District Governor for Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Burnie has been a board member of the Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross since 2006. In 2012 Burnie became the Chairman of the Red Cross Peak Chapter and is serving still. His newest adventure was becoming founding member and current chairman of Executives Partnering to Invest in Children-Pueblo. After volunteering for 14 years in the Pueblo City Schools, Burnie became sensitized to the issues of early childhood development and the importance of early childhood education.