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H. Michael Burgett

BURGATE was founded by H. Michael (Mike) Burgett, a respected veteran in the executive search industry to provide hands-on, high touch service to preferred clients in assessing overall organizational strategy, coaching professionals and job seekers, and recruiting top-level leadership candidates to achieve targeted business outcomes. Recognizing that trusted clients prefer a direct and mutually accountable relationship, Mike personally manages each engagement.

Disrupting the traditional model offered by national executive search firms, his clients are ensured a 100% focus on their success. Mike will only engage on 2 – 3 searches at any one time and in doing so provides a level of service unmatched by the likes of Spencer Stuart, Heidrick & Struggles, and Korn-Ferry.

For the past 18 years, Mike has nurtured a global professional network of over 12,000 executives which provides him direct access to candidates and referrals in all industries and domains. Each candidate presented has successfully completed the company’s RightHire Process, thoroughly vetted for both cultural and domain fit. This process also includes narratives written by the candidates aligning their background, in their own words, to the opportunity, creating a high hurdle rate early in the process to minimize later exit due to non-interest.

Mike believes strongly in the value of partnerships, stewardship, and commitment to the local community. His firms tithe 10% of annual profit to charity and have been recognized nationally as a Forbes Top Executive Recruiting Firm, multiple times as an Inc. 5000 award winner and as a Best Place to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

He is an active volunteer with Kidz2Leaders, which provides mentorship, training and programs for at-risk teens. He is also a member of Roundtable CEOs, a faith-based organization of CEOs and entrepreneurs. His other entrepreneurial endeavors include CIO Partners®, Talentric®, The National CIO Review®, CxO Professional Networks, ITLeaderBoard®, Sales Reveille®, and Burgett Enterprises®.






A graduate of Florida State University, Mike attends North Point Community Church, was a previous board member of Kidz2Leaders/Camp Hope, a non-profit focused on breaking the generational cycle of incarceration, and actively volunteers with the organization. In addition, he is also an active member of the RoundTable CEOs Atlanta, a faith-based organization of Christian CEOs.


An outdoor enthusiast, Mike has been hiking the Appalachian Trail in segments.  Having started in Georgia, he’s about two-thirds of the way to Maine.  Mike also enjoys fishing, shooting trap and skeet, running, and playing softball, tennis and golf.


Mike resides in Atlanta with his wife Kim and their three daughters, Emily, Merrill and Audrey, along with extended family member Winston, a German Shorthaired Pointer.

  • Selected as a Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader by the Atlanta Business Chronicle

  • Named an Atlanta Top 25 Entrepreneur by Catalyst Magazine

  • As Founder, his firms have earned honors including:

    • ​Six times as a Best Place to Work – two times in the top 10 – by the Atlanta Business Chronicle

    • Five-time honoree on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies

    • Listed as a Hot 100 Growth Business by Entrepreneur Magazine

    • Named a Top 200 Executive Recruiting Firm by Forbes Magazine

  • Certified in leading assessment methodologies to facilitate pre-employment discussions, recruiting and selection, executive coaching, leadership and team development, career and talent management, training, and interpersonal conflict resolution:

    • Certified Birkman Method® Consultant 

    • Certified Extended DISC® Behavioral Consultant 

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