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Managing Director and Founder


John Burnett is the Managing Director and Founder of 1 Empire Group, a consulting firm specializing in business analytics and development, operations, process re-engineering, growth strategies, risk management, and strategic communications. 

John is a business executive with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has held leadership roles in risk management, compliance, and operations for the world’s top financial services and business information companies to include Citi, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and S&P Global.

In John's most recent leadership role at S&P Global-Platts, John’s responsibilities included operational risk and efficacy of internal controls for pricing and analytics of physical commodity markets in petroleum, petrochemicals, gas, electricity, steel, and metals. In addition to enhancing operational performance, John advised on risks related to acquisitions, joint ventures, and channel partner relationships.

In previous corporate roles, John developed risk assessment programs that captured inherent and residual risks coupled with mitigating controls to maximize enterprise value. He also managed operational controls for structured financing and investment products, mutual funds, unit trusts, annuities, CDOs, corporate and individual retirement plans, banking financing and products to include CDs, HELOC, and cash management.

John's sound business acumen is matched only by a strong sense of civic responsibility, lending his time to several community-based organizations and advising entrepreneurs of tomorrow. John is currently serving local communities through various not-for-profit organizations to include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., One Hundred Black Men of New York, and Urban Resource Institute.

John understands the importance of education, giving back to his alma mater, and serving the broader community. He is a board member of New York University’s Alumni Association, serves as a volunteer for P.E.N.C.I.L. (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning), and is a founder of the Summit Academy Charter School in Red Hook, NY. He is also an adjunct professor at Hampton University and New York University.

Since 2014, John has written opinion editorials featured in HuffPost, Washington Examiner, U.S. News and World Report, and many others, covering a wide array of issues from business and the economy, to politics and policy. He is also a frequent guest commentator on Fox News, Fox Business News, New York 1, and PIX 11 News.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Leadership and Management from New York University and is the recipient of a Founders’ Day University Honors Scholar Award. He also holds an MBA from The Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. 

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