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The Developer

Entrepreneur and real estate industry veteran Burke Robertson is the founder of Burke Robertson & Associates, a Mount Airy, N.C.-based multi-faceted real estate company. A Mount Airy native, Robertson returned to his treasured boyhood home and established the real estate company in 1988.

Burke's current signature project is White Sulphur Springs, three miles from downtown Mount Airy on the historic site of the famed turn-of-the-century White Sulphur Springs Hotel.

When the 145-acre property became available, Burke was determined to find a way to keep the rolling hillsides united as one property and the natural resources protected. Burke immediately realized that the only way to achieve this goal was to create a very special residental community. A community that would capture and preserve the spirit of the Simpler life and embrace the abundance and beauty of the land. He named the community after the still flowing mineral springs - White Sulphur Springs.

Burke pursued the first half of his 36-year real estate career in Raleigh and Charlotte where he served as vice president of retail development for one of Charlotte’s leading commercial development companies, Crosland-Erwin Associates, now known as Crosland. Prior to that, he was vice president and manager of real estate lending in North and South Carolina for NationsBank, now Bank of America.

He returned to Mount Airy focused on enjoying a simpler lifestyle and serving his community, which imbued him with lasting family-oriented values, and a passion for the scenic outdoors inherent in this mountain area. Burke is a staunch ambassador for the greater Mount Airy community and is personally committed to enhancing its economic potential while preserving its historical integrity and community-focused small-town character.

Burke Robertson & Associates serves a diverse clientele and offers a wide range of services, including real estate investment, asset management, brokerage and consultation for investment properties throughout the Carolinas and Virginia.In addition to Burke Robertson & Associates, he co-established Master Craft Builders of Mount Airy Inc. in 1998. He also renovated and owns several retail shops in downtown Mount Airy, including the Main Oak Emporium, The Good Life Café & Market and Good Life Outfitters.

An active community leader, Burke has served as chairman of the following civic and non-profit organizations: Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Salvation Army Advisory Board, United Fund of Mount Airy and Downtown Mount Airy Inc. He is an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Airy.

Burke is a licensed real estate broker in North and South Carolina and Virginia and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and The Urban Land Institute. He is the past president of the Surry County Board of Realtors and was named 1999 Realtor of the Year. Burke is a licensed General Contractor in North Carolina. He received a bachelor’s of science in business administration from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.

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