Mario Burgos Among Diverse Business Leader Honorees 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, NM, November 2, 2017 – Burgos Group President and CEO Mario Burgos has been named among this year’s Albuquerque Business First Diverse Business Leader honorees. The award acknowledges New Mexico’s top ethnically diverse and/or LGBT business executives.
Burgos was born in Queens, New York. In 2006, he started Burgos Group, a construction, logistics and facility support business based in New Mexico. He’s since grown the family-owned and operated business to include over 100 employees.
Today, Burgos Group has customers from coast to coast and continues to grow. In 2017, the company was named on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list and ranked on the Top 10 of the Albuquerque Business First list of New Mexico’s Fastest Growing Companies.
“I think New Mexico is a great place to be a minority business leader,” he told Albuquerque Business First. “Then again, we’re a minority-majority state with significantly more small businesses than large businesses calling New Mexico home. So, being a minority business leader may not mean the same thing as in other places in the country.”
With a father from Ecuador and a mother of Eastern European descent, Burgos grew up among different cultures. However, those diverse cultures also helped him develop an understanding that differences can inspire ideas and productivity, too.
Burgos believes that education and mentorship can help improve the rate of minority CEOs leading Fortune 500 companies.
“Successful C-suite leaders are not the smartest people in the room in the traditional academic sense, but those who surround themselves with subject matter experts smarter than themselves. They are the people who understand their own strengths and weaknesses and work toward their strengths while building a team of others to do the work they don’t do well,” he said.
Burgos also gives back to the community. He’s currently a member of the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation Executive Committee and the Society of American Military Engineers Albuquerque Post Board of Directors. He is also a past president of Junior Achievement of New Mexico.
Selected as New Mexico’s successful, innovative, and high-achieving diverse individuals, the Diverse Business Leader honorees were nominated by their peers and chosen by an independent panel of judges.