Barry Burks - Vice President / Shareholder

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Hometown: Tupelo, MS

Education: HS – Tupelo High School; College – BBA - University of Mississippi

Designations: RHU

Specialty Areas: Employee Benefits

With Ross & Yerger since: 2003

Professional Life

Business Background & Experience: 15 years with Pitney Bowes; 18 years with Ross & Yerger

How did you hear about (or end up at) R&Y?

Through a long-time friend, Greg Maloney

What do you like most about R&Y?

The love and compassion of our people displayed daily for each other and our clients

What is your greatest accomplishment at R&Y?

Becoming a Shareholder and Vice President while helping our clients with the complexities of their insurance

What R&Y memory(ies) stand out?

Too many to name! All good ones though

Family & Personal Life

Organizations & Community Activities: Harbor House Board; Christ United Methodist Church

Family: Married 27 years to my soul mate – Jane; 2 beautiful children (Emily and Andrew)

What are your hobbies?

Golf, Hunting, Coaching, and spending time with my wife and kids

What is the one thing many people don’t know about you?

I was in a bad car wreck in 1987 that almost ended my life

Who is your Hero or Who do you admire most?

Jim Porter, Sr Minister at Centenary United Methodist Church, life-long spiritual advisor and dear friend; my wife and children (because they make me a better person)

Favorite Quote?

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact on life. Attitude to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.” - Charles Swindoll

My Personal Philosophy?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight – Proverbs 3:5-6

In My Free Time:

I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, and trying to help others any way that I can

In A Former Life:

I didn’t think that I would live this long

My Hidden Talent:

I can juggle, chew gum and talk at the same time

What is something that would be impossible for you to give up?

My faith, my family and, of course, gum