J. Patrick Burk

A second generation Northside ISD graduate, Pat Burk will be the first to describe himself as a distracted honors student and perhaps an early long shot at being recognized as a Pillar. However, the former Clark High School football and baseball player says he’s grateful for all the teachers, coaches and friends who pushed him to succeed, lead and always “keep moving”.

 In his role as President of Construction Products for J.D. Fields & Company Inc., he now travels the world, and says he still takes with him the values he learned from his family and the Pillars he encountered at Colonies North Elementary SchoolHobby Middle School and Clark High School.

After graduating from Clark in 1992, Burk attended both Baylor University and Southern Methodist University, where he earned his B.A. as a double major in economics and history.

Aside from the international steel business, he has two passions: his family (wife Greggory and children Evelyn James and Virginia Fields) and philanthropy.

He and Greggory have helped raise tens of millions of dollars for global and local charities in the Houston area, where he currently resides. 

Burk is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and currently sits on six non-profit boards and steering committees.  He is the youngest person to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He has personally underwritten and supported the development of specific cutting-edge cancer treatments, PBS educational pilots, a Ugandan orphanage, veteran’s assistance programs, and is especially supportive of United 2 Cure.

Today, he continues to “keep moving” and make a lasting impression on his children, teaching them to choose to surround themselves with Pillars and always make meaningful contributions to someone’s future.

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Pillar of...: 
Caring
School: 
Clark High School
Year: 
2015
Class of ...: 
1992