MICHAEL BURWELL – A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN AND GLOBAL LEADER

Michael Burwell is a certified public accountant and attended Michigan State, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC (PwC) for thirty-one years serving in various departments, then as U.S. Transaction Services Leader. He then became the Chief Operating Officer in U.S. business, and finally the Vice Chairman Global for PwC. Michael Burwell’s leadership and organizational skills helped prepare him for his current role as Chief Financial Officer of Willis Towers Watson, a top global advisory brokerage solutions company.

 

Willis Towers Watson employs forty-thousand people in one hundred forty countries. The company helps clients who engage in risky ventures turn them into patterns of growth. Combining assets, ideas and talent for solutions helps make businesses grow and thrive, along with technology to support the business.

 

Willis Towers Watson looks at other companies to get a clear picture of what they’re all about, such as how their goals and challenges work to achieve positive results. They also take steps socially by helping in community activities and protecting the environment in the following ways:

 

  1. Giving charitable gifts
  2. Improving energy efficiency
  3. Purchasing environmentally friendly products
  4. Encouraging associates to volunteer in worthwhile programs

 

In an interview Michael Burwell took part in, he was asked what his typical day consisted of. He said he gets up at 5:00 a.m. and makes his bed every day, even when traveling. It makes him feel he’s doing something worthwhile starting his day. He then gets on his stationary bike and thinks about what he can achieve that day.

 

Michael teaches the importance of doing more with less, making sure his staff takes the time to be good listeners, learning from other’s ideas, building their network and using technology as a way to be more productive. Communicating with one another is vital, as well as being positive and sticking with what you know will work. He knows they’re not always winners in their decisions, so when they lose, he wants his staff to ask the question, “What one thing could we have done better?”

 

Willis Towers Watson has been on the list of one of the top most admired companies in the world four years in a row. His favorite quote, “There is only one place to look for leadership and that is in the mirror,” came from his daughter. He lives by it and knows others can too.

 

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Matthew Autterson-A Coloradan Leader With Educational and Scientific Passions

Matthew Autterson serves a board member at Falci Adaptive Biosystems (FAB). He had that role since September 2013. FAB is a nonprofit company that provides adaptive technologies to people with neuromotor impairments. He became the CEO and President of CNS Bioscience, Inc in July 2013. CNS is committed to discovering neuropathic pain drugs. Scott Falci M.D. created this company in 2013. Autterson has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Matt has been a managing partner at GLB3 Partners Limited, LLP since July 2001.

 

First Trust Corporation, a Fiserv affiliate, was Autterson’s first employer. He worked at that company until 1982. In 1982, Autterson helped establish Resources Trust Company (RTC). Resource Trust Company is a subdivision of the Integrated Resources company. He was appointed President of Resources Trust Company in 1986. Broad Inc. bought Resources Trust Company in 1989. Broad Inc. was renamed as SunAmerica Inc. In 1998, AIG purchased SunAmerica for $18 billion. Fiserv acquired RTC from AIG in May 2001. RTC had over 200,000 customers and 700 employees from Colorado. The customers were referred to RTC by 15,000 financial advisors. Custodial assets were over $20 million, whereas liabilities (i.e. deposits) were at $1 billion.

 

In 1979, Autterson got his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. As of 1918, He was a student at the University of Denver Tax Program. In 1975, Matt graduated from Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

 

Mr. Autterson cares about animal welfare, Matthew Autterson is on the Board of Denver Zoo and Denver Zoological Foundation. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Denver Hospice for 15 years. The Do At The Zoo in 2000 was successful thanks to Autterson’s acquaintances, who brought in sponsors. He was member of the Board of Directors at Webb-Warring Foundation from 1996 to 1998. Education is also an important cause for him. From January 1993 to May 2009, Autterson was member and finance chair of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and World Presidents’ Organization (WPO).

 

Mr. Autterson lives with his wife Lori and children in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. Detroit is his hometown. He has his own channel on YouTube with four videos. Autterson is a fan of SAVVY Award winner Mickey Ackerman. He is a follower of Arpahoe Tennis Club.

 

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