Bruce J. Burton

Bruce+Burton: Vice President

: Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

: Tufts University (1977), BS, Mechanical Engineering



Building successful companies, serving as a volunteer in thriving organizations, and sailing with and against the best sailors in the world is what Bruce has focused his non-family life on for the past 40 years.

As the founder and president of a successful 400+ employee company, Bruce learned, and now knows, what is required as a leader to achieve the results necessary for an organization to prosper. As a volunteer, Bruce finds great satisfaction in dedicating himself to the governance and growth of US Sailing, the Etchells Class, his church and his yacht club. Bruce believes that hard work, correctness of vision and collaboration with talented teammates are the formula for winning on and off of the race course.

  • Commodore, Bayview Yacht Club
  • President, US Etchells Class
  • President, US Flying Dutchman Class
  • Senior Warden, St. John’s Church
  • Member, US Olympic Yachting Committee
  • World, North American, and National Champion skipper
  • President, Burtek, Inc.

Words from Bruce Burton

“US Sailing must serve two roles: 1) provider of services that the members utilize with gratification and; 2) as the leader/promoter of our sport. We must accelerate the improvement of both. As the governing body, we must reconnect with those people who were our “middle class” of sailing, those who participated in all of the regattas that are now busy with other priorities. US Sailing must provide high impact visibility of our sport to people who may want to become a part of our great sport. We must promote to others and include our friends in the fun!”