Scott Burnett is a native Tulsan and a successful local entrepreneur. He graduated from Memorial High School and attended the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, majoring in business. After college he worked in the construction industry in Tulsa. Seeing a demand for fiberglass insulation but a shortage of local suppliers, Scott brainstormed a new business.
In 1979 he founded Burnett Insulation with his father, Guy Burnett, Sr. The business got off to a good start the first year. Unexpectedly, in March 1980, Guy Sr. passed away leaving the business for Scott to manage and grow. Scott says that his father, who had been in the trucking industry, had great business sense as well as tremendous common sense. Armed with that heritage and a great sense of purpose and a strong faith, Scott “kept pressing on”. He set the company on a solid foundation of core values and beliefs that have remained ever since.
In the early years, Scott received operational support from his mother, Patty, and his brother Guy Jr. In the mid-1980s Burnett expanded the business to include windows and siding under the banner Burnett, Inc. He has worked hard to establish a strong and respected brand in the window, siding and insulation industry and says that honesty and quality craftsmanship are the foundation of Burnett, Inc. He notes that over 75 percent of his company’s business comes from referrals.
The company continues to hold its family roots. Scott serves as president. His wife, Kim, is in administration along with their son, Neal. Scott is very civic minded. He is a member of the University of Tulsa’s Family-Owned Business Institute, Tulsa Executives Association, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Tulsa Rotary. His company has been the recipient of the Better Business Bureau’s “Torch Award for Excellence in the Marketplace”, the U. S. Small Business Administration’s “Family-Owned Business of the Year for Oklahoma Award”, “Award of Distinction for Historic Restoration” by the Vinyl Siding Institute, and “Outstanding Showroom of the Year in the US Award” by Associated Materials, Incorporated (AMI).
He is also active in The Little Light House, a non-profit organization to assist children with special needs, and Pathways, a non-profit organization to assist adults with developmental disabilities. Both Scott and Kim Burnett have served on the board for the Little Lighthouse. Burnett is active with Sertoma, a non-profit organization that offers employment opportunities to individuals with intellectual and physical handicaps. He comments, “Tulsa is a wonderful community to have a business and raise a family. I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community in a great way.”
Concerning the success of the family and company, Scott says, “When our family started the business, we dedicated it to the Lord. We try to live and act by the Golden Rule. We treat everybody with honesty and integrity.”Article written by: Forrest Cameron Editer/Publisher of Greater Tulsa Reporters Newspaper