by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 05, 2018
David Burke, executive vice president, chief sales and marketing officer of the Breakers Palm Beach, died suddenly on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. The hotelier joined The Breakers staff in 1991. A statement released by the Breakers said, "Dave's contribution to The Breakers and the industry was immeasurable -- we will all miss him; he was beloved by all who knew him."
"Dave Burke was an institution within the hospitality industry," said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of Discover the Palm Beaches. "He served in many advisory roles, including the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council board and the executive board for Discover the Palm Beaches, and did so with extraordinary distinction. He had a gift for navigating complex issues and for injecting his unique brand of humor at the most opportune times. But more importantly, he was an inspirational mentor and advisor to hundreds -- and possibly thousands -- of people throughout his career. He was equally at ease with celebrities and corporate titans, as with back-of-the-house staff members. He was a trusted advisor to me for the 11 years I've been in Palm Beach County, and I know he was equally supportive of many others on our team. We will miss him tremendously."
Burke is survived by his wife, Amy, and two sons, Matt and Ryan.