Leadership and vision that span three generations
Bill graduated from Babson College in 1982 and immediately began working at Burke Distributing Corporation (BDC). After one year, he moved to Redemco Inc. as comptroller for two years, then moved back to BDC as comptroller, later becoming the sales manager, then operations manager and in 1994, president and CEO. As the third generation of the family, Bill, his brothers, Patrick and Tim, with cousins Austin and Alina, focused on rebuilding the company, totally dedicated and committed to providing customers with superior service.
Austin attended Curry college and began his career at Burke Distributing in 1987. He has worked in virtually every department in the company, from sales to warehouse and operations. Named Operations Manager in 1994, he brings more than 20 years of experience to this core department.
General Manager, Beer Division
Tim attended high school at Thayer Academy in Braintree (‘89) and went on to study at Saint Lawrence University in upstate New York. He joined the company in 1993, working on the night shift supervising the loading of the trucks and the warehouse. In 1996, Tim shifted to sales where he ran various sales routes, eventually moving to on premise sales supervisor to brand manager to VP of Sales. He was the General Manager of the Red Bull division for 10 years growing the brand in the Massachusetts territory and in 2018 became the General Manager of the Beer Division.
Community Events & Programs
Employees participated in the South Shore Hospital 2013 walk for hospice at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, MA.
Burke was a proud supporter of the Miller High Life “Give a Veteran a Piece of the High Life” program.
Burke participates annually in the Coors Light “Pin Up Program” supporting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in the fall.
Burke Distributing Corporation (BDC) believes in the spirit of giving. We have been giving back to our community for many years and are proud of that tradition. BDC gives financial support, product donations, or gift items in amounts that vary according to need of the organization and level of support determined appropriate by the BDC Donation/Sponsorship Committee. The committee meets four times a year (on a day within the first full week of February, May, August and November), and recipients will be notified via email of the committee decision.
Due to requests being well in excess of our giving capacity, our donations will be limited to organizations located in our community (Eastern Massachusetts). A decision to decline a request does not imply that the applicant’s program is not needed or valued, but simply that it does not fall within our giving guidelines or priorities, or that funds or product are not available.
Following our Core Value of Responsibility, we do not generally support organizations that benefit individuals under the legal drinking age; however, all requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Requests given preferential consideration are organizations that meet the following criteria:
- Holds an IRS section 501(c)(3) status AND is registered under Chapter 180 of the Massachusetts General Laws registered with the Massachusetts Attorney General Division of Public Charities.
- Gives a high percentage of donations directly to their cause.
- Sends their required information before the preferred review month.
- Submits completed request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please follow these guidelines when requesting a donation:
- The committee requires a completed Donation Application (click download below), a description of the request on company letterhead, a copy of both your IRS section 501(c)(3) status and your Massachusetts registration status, and any other supporting information you deem important.
If the request is for a donation of product, then these additional guidelines must be followed:
- Written confirmation that all donated beer will only be used by/served at the fundraising event that benefits that specific charity. (For example, if the donation is to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, then the beer must be served at a charity event that benefits the Boston Symphony Orchestra and not a separate charity.)
- Written confirmation that the donated beer will be served at an event for which a section 14 special liquor license has been issued in order to serve alcohol AND a copy of the liquor license prior to the event.
- Written confirmation that the donated beer will not be used as a prize in any game of chance.
Thank you for your interest in Burke Distributing Corporation!
Burke Distributing Corporation Core Values are Trust, Responsibility, Leadership, Teamwork, and Enthusiasm
Application for Donation / Sponsorship
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- 2017 Diageo Quality Golden Bar Award
- ARC of the South Shore’s Man of the Year 2013:
- Pabst Brewing 2009 Great Performance Award
- 2008 Diageo Golden Bar Distributor of the Year
- Sam Adams 2007 Milestone Award – 1 million cases
- 2005 High Life Achievement Award
- Guinness Imperial Perfect Pint 1996
- Boston Beer 1994 Milestone Award – 2 million cases
- Grolsch Grand Masterpiece Distributor 1985
- Nominated – Golden Bar Consistency, Beer Excellence Award for Smithwick’s and Guinness
- Barton Beers Wholesaler Council Award
- Coors President Award
- Miller Achievement Award
- Blue Chip Enterprise Award
- Excellentia in Negotio
- National Beer Wholesalers Association
- Beer Distributors of Massachusetts
- US Association of Cider Makers
- Wine and Spirits Wholesale Association
- Craft Brewers Association