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Founder and President

Sue Burnett’s successful business, management and personal philosophies are all the same ..."Don’t consider failure as an option. Think of setbacks as bumps in the road of success and learn from them. Treat others the way they want to be treated."

Since founding Burnett Personnel Services in 1974, Sue has become a respected leader in the staffing industry, a well-known contributor to the community, and a sought-after speaker.

Her accomplishments reflect her business acumen and her concern for others.

  • • 2017 - Groundbreaking for the Sue Walk Burnett & Student Media Center at the University of Arkansas. A staunch supporter of the university’s journalism department, Sue gives five scholarships every year to deserving journalism majors.
  • • 2016 - One of the Most Powerful Businesswomen in Texas
    - National Diversity Council
  • • 2016 - One of the Top 15 Businesswomen in Houston
    - Texas Diversity Council
  • • 2016 - Hall of Fame / Journalism Department
    - University of Arkansas
  • • 2016 - Women Who Mean Business Finalist
    - Houston Business Journal
  • • 2015 - Most Powerful & Influential Women in Texas
    - National Diversity Council
  • • 2013 - Greater Houston Women's Hall of Fame
    - Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce
  • • 2013 - Pathlighter Award
    - Houston Achievement Place
  • • 2013 - Advisory Board
    - Inspire Women
  • • 2012 - Texas Business Woman of the Year
    - Texas Women's Chamber of Commerce
  • • 2012 - Business Woman of the Year
    - Inspire Women
  • • 2012 - Powerful Women Panel
    - Houston Business Journal
  • • 2012 - Chairman of Hall of Achievement
    - Jr. Achievement
  • • 2011 - Lifetime Achievement Award
    - Houston Assn of Personnel Consultants - HAAPC
  • • 2011 - Breakthrough Woman
    - Women's Chamber of Commerce
  • • 2011 - Board of Directors
    - Jr. Achievement
  • • 2011 - Enterprising Woman of the Year Award
    - EnterprisingWomen Magazine
  • • 2010 - Inspiring Texas Woman Award
    - Sterling Bank - Women's Business Initiative
  • • 2010 - Enterprising Woman
    - NAWBO
  • • 2010 - Lifetime Achievement Award Finalist
    - Stevie Awards - Women In Business
  • • 2009 - Hall of Achievement Award
    - Jr. Achievement
  • • 2008 - One of Houston's 50 Most Influential Women
    - Houston Woman Magazine
  • • 2008 - Trailblazer Award
    - University of Texas McCombs School of Business
  • • 2008 - Distinguished Alumni
    - University of Arkansas
  • • 2007 - Dedication of the Sue & Rusty Burnett Donation Center
    - Goodwill Industries
  • • 2004 - Star Award
    - Goodwill Industries
  • • 2004 - Outstanding Entrepreneur
    - Houston Technology Center
  • • 2004 - Advisory Board
    - Houston Community College
  • • 2003 - Community Service Award
    - HAAPC
  • • 2002 - Economic Development Committee
    - Greater Houston Partnership
  • • 2002 - Woman Business Entrepreneur of the Year
    - WBEA
  • • 2001 - Entrepreneur of the Year Awards National Judge
    - Ernst & Young
  • • 2001 - Texas Women’s Hall of Fame Nominee
    - Governor's Commission
  • • 2001 - Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award
    - HAAPC
  • • 2001 - Board of Directors
    - American Staffing Association
  • • 2000 - Member C-200
    - Top 450 U.S. Women Business Executives
  • • 2000 - Woman of Excellence
    - Women's Enterprise
  • • 1999 - Philanthropy Community Champion Award
    - Houston Business Journal
  • • 1999 - Dedication of the Susan Burnett Reading Room
    - University of Arkansas
  • • 1999 - Board of Directors
    - Goodwill Industries
  • • 1998 - Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    - Ernst & Young
  • • 1998 - Community Service Award
    - HAAPC
  • • 1997 - Outstanding Woman of Business
    - YWCA
  • • 1997 - Women on the Move
    - Houston Chronicle
  • • 1997 - Blue Chip Enterprise Award
    - MassMutual & U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • • 1996 - Houston's Largest Woman-Owned Business
    - Houston Business Journal
  • • 1996 - Board of Directors
    - Better Business Bureau
  • • 1996 - Outstanding Contribution to the Private Placement Industry
    - HAAPC
  • • 1996 - Woman Business Owner of the Year
    - NAWBO
  • • 1996 - Honoree of the Year
    - Chi Omega Sorority
  • • 1995 - Houston's Top Woman-Owned Business
    - Houston Business Journal
  • • 1992 - Advisory Board
    - Goodwill Industries
  • • 1990 - Board of Directors
    - Arthritis Foundation
  • • 1989 - Vice President – Texas Assn of Personnel Consultants
    -TAPC
  • • 1988 - Top 15 Administrative Support Consultants in Texas
    - TAPC
  • • 1987 - Certified Personnel Consultant Certification
    - HAAPC
  • • 1986 - President
    - HAAPC