Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies has paid tribute to its founder, Mike Burkett, following his passing this week.
Mr Burkett died peacefully on Monday 29 March at home with his family by his side after a 34-year battle with multiple sclerosis.
He was a resilient and accomplished entrepreneur who built a company that still represents and practices the same principles he brought to life more than 44 years ago.
At just 20 years old, he began reconditioning and offering used restaurant equipment in his home city of Toledo, Ohio to provide local customers with access to quality equipment at affordable prices.
He went onto launch Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies in 1977, which would become nationally known and one of the industry’s leading providers of new and used commercial equipment.
The company stated: “Mike loved every aspect of business and relished time spent at the office even after losing his mobility to multiple sclerosis in 1996.
“Those of us who had the opportunity to work under him will remember his exceptional work ethic, diligence in investing every dollar back into the business, commitment to his customers, suppliers, employees and family, and his unwavering desire to help local business owners achieve their dreams through equipment deals, coaching and education.
“He was a genuine and dynamic leader whose remarkable passion, vision and tenacity still serve as the foundation for the company’s success.”
Mr Burkett’s vision for the company is continued by his son, Jameel, who took over as president and CEO in 2011.
Burkett Restaurant Equipment and Supplies offers more than 30,000 commercial-grade kitchen products and a full suite of design and installation services.