Executive Team

Burkland enables smarter finance for startups from seed to scale.

With an in-depth knowledge of startups and finance, Burkland's Executive Team and Fractional CFO Team work with founders in the areas of CFO Services, Accounting Services, and Startup Tax Services. We provide financial expertise that makes economic sense for startups in stages that range from Seed to Series C.

Portrait of Jeff Burkland

Jeff Burkland

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 200 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.

Jeff is a regular contributor to Burkland’s blog, The Smarter Startup, and his posts provide insight and guidance to startups as they scale and make strategic decisions. Jeff is also a frequent speaker at industry events and a guest on webinars and podcasts focused on the successful financial management of startups.

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.

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Walt Spevak

Managing Director
CFO Practice

Walt is the Managing Director of Burkland’s CFO Services practice comprising over 30 team members across the US. The team focuses on supporting companies in SaaS, Fintech, Healthcare and Consumer business sectors from Series Seed through C. He also leads the Sales Ops function at Burkland which in 2020 closed over 175 clients.

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.

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.

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D.J. Marini

Managing Director
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.

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Bree Hanson

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.

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Kate Adams

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.