Staff Spotlight: Richard Burczyk

Richard Burczyk

Katana’s VP of Strategic Partnerships/Higher Education, Richard Burczyk, has been in the digital marketing industry for over 25 years. His resume boasts a menu of executive level positions and experience in strategizing, managing, developing and analyzing a full range of digital marketing initiatives including programmatic, paid search/social and SEO across all channels. Richard received a BS in Computer Information Systems and his Marketing MBA from Western International University.

In his free time, Richard enjoys traveling, hiking, reading 50 books per year [on Kindle], teaching at local community colleges and spending every free moment with his family. We sat down with Richard to learn more about his interests and the path that brought him to Katana.

Position and role at Katana:

VP Strategic Partnerships/Higher Education.

1-3 Interesting facts about you?

  • Immigrated to the United States with my parents from Germany.
  • I’m an animal whisperer.
  • I fell out of an airplane when I was 12.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

My wife.

How do you define success?

Leaving the world and people I’ve touched in a better place.

What are your most overused words/phrases?

Ending sentences with so…

What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?

Personal Computer.

If you had to go up against Katana’s Executive Chairman Andreas Roell in the World Karaoke Championship, what song would you sing?

(The Sound of Music) Edelweiss… or I Salute You (Ein Prosit).

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?

My grandmother on my mom’s side of the family. My parents went back to Europe when I was 12 (that’s when I fell out of the plane) and took me up to the Russian border, but not across to meet my grandmother. My grandmother never forgave my mom for not taking me the extra 200km.