Donnie Burton is an accomplished businessman, serial entrepreneur, and motivational speaker with a proven track record for turning risk into profitability. With a powerful combination of strategy, vision, and drive, he runs a diverse portfolio of ventures and companies that dominate in industries ranging from entertainment to cannabis.
Donnie holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Hiram College in his native state of Ohio. He attended Bowling Green pursuing his MBA. Throughout college he worked in sales, selling everything from cars to insurance. These formative years in sales helped cultivate his natural ability to connect with consumers and provide solutions to their problems. He also learned how to trust his instinct when it came to closing deals - a skill that continues to serve him well.
While working as a top-performing sales representative for a large pharmaceutical company, Donnie’s lifelong interest in business began to flourish. He saw entrepreneurship as the ideal path toward creating opportunities that would maximize his talents and yield limitless earning potential. Always determined to do things on his own terms, he left sales and unexpectedly entered the niche of entertainment and event promotion.
In 2006, he purchased his first nightclub in Northeast Ohio and has since developed a number of ventures that have experienced massive growth. Donnie’s reach as an entrepreneur now spans across the nation, with entertainment venues, construction, and retail businesses in Ohio, Nevada, Michigan, and Texas. As CEO of the Harvest Foundation and Strive Wellness, he uses his skills in strategic planning and business development to ensure the success of these two entities within the cannabis industry.
What sets Donnie apart from others is his expertise in forging partnerships and investing in opportunities that shatter expectations and yield high returns. A proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, his unmatched work ethic and mastery of relationship building, are the pillars of his empire.
Donnie regularly travels the country giving talks as a motivational speaker on business development, entrepreneurship, and building an empire on your own terms. As a devoted family man, philanthropist, and mentor, leaving a legacy of generational wealth, hard work, and excellence is the driving force behind all he does.