We Accelerate Dreams
CEO & Founder
Jeff Burkland is the founder and CEO of Burkland. Founded in 2004, under his leadership, the company has steadily grown and provides finance cover to over 400+ startups across the USA.
Jeff brings over 25 years of strategic and tactical financial management experience and business leadership, in both the corporate world and startups, to Burkland. He is an expert in business planning, fundraising, financial modeling, management, strategic planning, and process improvement.
Most importantly, Jeff is known to Burkland clients for his help in building their businesses and his innovative thinking.
Before founding Burkland, Jeff co-founded CRC Results, a financial consulting firm that provided Sarbanes-Oxley, Internal Audit, and Strategic Finance advice and services. He grew the company to over 40 consultants, leading Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 efforts for several large- and small-cap telecommunications and financial services clients.
Jeff played a key role in the development of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance methodology for a multi-billion dollar communications company which was among the first firms in the world to successfully attain certification of Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404.
Jeff received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Duke University, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Walt Spevak has over 30 years of business experience having worked with both startups and public companies, for-profits and nonprofits, ranging in size from two-pizza teams to multi-thousand employees.
Prior to Burkland, Walt spent nearly 2 decades at Autodesk in various corporate roles as it grew from less than 100 people and $9M in revenue to nearly 3,000 employees and almost $1B in revenue when he left to begin angel investing in the start-up world.
At Burkland, Walt is Managing Director of the CFO Services practice comprising over 30 team members across the US. The team focuses on supporting companies in SaaS, Healthcare and Consumer business sectors from Series Seed through C. Walt holds both a BA in Economics with honors and an MBA from Stanford University. Outside of Burkland Walt is an avid sailor, racing Laser dinghies in national and international competitions. Ask him anytime about growing up at Lake Okoboji, IA.
Bookkeeping, Accounting & Tax Practice
D.J. Marini is the Managing Director of Burkland’s Bookkeeping & Accounting Group. He has over 28 years of experience in business optimization and developing scalable business and accounting systems. Prior to joining Burkland, D.J. founded and served as CFO/Controller for an international professional services company and worked as General Manager of Lucasfilm LTD.
D.J. now uses this experience to provide Burkland clients with the resources they need to develop efficient and scalable accounting, systems, staffing, policies and procedures. D.J. holds a BS in Business Management from San Francisco State University.
Chief People Officer, Managing Director Strategic People Operations
Sara Schrage is Burkland’s Chief People Officer and Managing Director of Strategic People Operations. Prior to Burkland, Sara was Global Vice President of Splice Machine, a real-time Machine Learning and AI Solutions company. She led People Operations and Recruiting for companies including PowerReviews (acquired by Bazaarvoice), BigFix (acquired by IBM), Wrap Media, Mode Media, and Samsung, and was the owner of Search Solutions Group, a full-service HR and recruiting firm helping early-stage tech startups for ten years. Sara received her undergraduate degree from Miami University, completed Cornell University’s Human Resource Executive program, and is SHRM-SCP, SPHR-CA and SPHR certified. She is an advisor for People Tech Partners, Startup Experts, and Bizly.
Head of Business Development
Bree Hanson’s interest in sales and business development followed her from her early pharmaceutical career to her transition into tech, and consumed her once she started working with startups. Now Head of BD at Burkland, she fuses her knowledge of sales processes, relationship management, and networking to build value for the Burkland partnership network and the Venture Capital community. Bree holds a B.S. in International Studies from Brigham Young University.
Head of Marketing
Kate Adams is the Head of Marketing at Burkland. Kate has over 20 years of marketing experience and specializes in website and collateral development, lead generation campaigns, branding, and market positioning. Kate has built and managed the marketing function at several startups while beginning her career at brand heavyweights Franklin Resources, Visa, and United Business Media. Kate holds a BS in Business Marketing from University of San Francisco – Magna cum laude.
Our Core Values
Our core values guide how we run Burkland and how we interact with our clients, partners, and each other.
We apply fresh perspectives, curiosity and industry leading ideas to create breakthroughs. We place ourselves at the leading edge of our industry and support innovative approaches, such as the smart use of technology. We share our extensive knowledge and ideas, which helps to create new and improved solutions.
As experts with significant background in the startup ecosystem, we share in the experiences of our clients, partners, and teammates. We can relate to their point of view. Understanding their frame of reference improves how we support and interact with others. We help keep perspective and seek to infuse personality and fun into our role.
We take the time to understand the central issues and pain points in order to craft solutions that address core challenges. We have the experience, expertise and relationships to drive significant results. We push ourselves to continually expand the boundaries of success, ask tough, probing questions, and perform hard-hitting work. We add meaningful value through our interactions with stakeholders, including clients, VCs, service provider partner
As a trusted partner, we identify and deliver the sometimes hard truth in a candid manner that is forthright and constructive. We are accessible, reliable, and respectful. Integrity is central to our ethic, which results in building long-term trust. You can count on us.