Chris Burkhard


“While Chris Burkhard left CEO Think Tank® several years ago as a member, he has continued on as a CEO Think Tank® “alum” and has provided valuable guidance and support to our members, as well taken the initiatives to sponsor many of our learning events. “
– Cheryl Beth Kuchler

Chris Burkhard is a fourth-generation entrepreneur as well as a husband, a father, and an avid outdoorsman. Within each of these roles, he continues to emerge as an effective mentor and coach. He is a proven leader, lecturer, and expert on building sustainable organizations through the distinctive Outside-In® culture.

In 2001, Chris founded CBI Group, a recruitment solutions company. True to the Outside-In® way, CBI adapts and evolves their solutions in response to customer needs. In the last few years, CBI Group has partnered with Barton Career Advisors and relaunched the Placers brand to offer outplacement and staffing services to better serve their customers. As President, Chris leads by a strategic, customer, and culture-centric example.

Every week, Chris shares his insights on The Outside-In® Guy Blog, which focuses on entrepreneurship, company culture, and the staffing industry. Chris is also an advocate of the practices outlined in “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits,” a best-selling business book by Verne Harnish. He is also CEO Think Tank alumnus.