The Team

Meet the Team that Measures Success by How Much They Donate

gary burtka

 

Gary Burtka | Founder 

Gary is an action sports star, serial entrepreneur, and experienced executive leader in the retail / tech space in Chicago. Throughout his tenure, Gary has worked at numerous retail and technical companies; helping to create and manage cutting edge solutions and campaigns. Recently Gary spend two and a half years with Shop Smart Inc. acquiring over ten-million new users for their portfolio of shopping sites including: BradsDeals, Black Friday and Cyber Monday themed sites. Using these learning’s Gary plans to perfect his new vision – a socially responsible money saving shopping community.

Gary was raised in Allen Park, MI in an environment where it was always better to give than to receive. As a St. Francis Cabrini Grade and High School Graduate,  helping others was a regular festivity. Gary would also spend more than six years as a member of the Boy Scouts of America, and would later join the Knights of Columbus – both groups that encouraged and enabled Gary to make a difference.

It was however without a doubt Gary’s personal work after college that would prove to be the most personally inspirational to himself. As a National and World Champion jet skier, Gary has had the opportunity to work with many different kinds of organizations over his 22 year career. Such organizations include: Boy Scouts of America, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Wounded Warrior Project, Abused Woman’s Coalition,  Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, and La Rabida Children’s Hospital.

 

Jeremy wagnerJeremy Wagner | Founder

Jeremy is a Chicagoland serial entrepreneur and online marketing & development all-star. Since graduating from EIU, Jeremy has worked at numerous eCommerce and technical companies; helping to build and launch sophisticated demand generating online marketing campaigns. Recently Jeremy spent two and a half years with Shop Smart Inc. helping to acquire over ten-million new users across BradsDeals, Black Friday and Cyber Monday themed sites.

 

Kyle BurtkaKyle Burtka | Content & Online Marketing Specialist

Kyle is the younger brother of Gary, action sports athlete, serial entrepreneur, and marketing specialist. Recently a graduate of Wayne State University, Kyle was also raised in Allen Park, and was a graduate of St. Francis Cabrini grade school and high school.  With Over 5 years as a Boy Scout of America, Kyle was able to help with numerous organizations.  

Beyond Boy Scouts of America Kyle has had the opportunity to work as a volunteer for friends for Dearborn animal shelter and was responsible for the construction of their outdoor kennels.  Kyle has worked as a volunteer for greater Chicagoland soup kitchen, and has assisted with multiple food and can drives associated with gleaners to give food to the needy in southeast Michigan, as well as working with DMC Children’s hospital of Detroit, and the ASPCA.

Given the chance as an action sports athlete, Kyle has also worked with leader dogs for the blind and the wounded warrior project.  And continues to strive towards working with more organizations in the future.