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Robert Trigaux

At StarTec, 'Kirk' adds military expertise



Jameskirkburtonstartec I just can't resist this one. The Star Technology Enterprise Center (StarTec), Largo's business accelerator/incubator on Bryan Dairy Road, just hired “James K.” Burton, who goes by the nickname "Kirk," to be its new director of engineering and research. His expertise: to help assess young technology and manufacturing businesses, especially those with potential military applications. “Having Kirk join our team is a significant milestone in StarTec’s growth,” StarTec executive director Tonya Elmore stated. She cited Burton’s knowledge of Department of Defense and international requirements in his new role helping onsite and affiliate clients develop products for military, homeland defense and commercial applications.

Jameskirkwilliamshatner_2 So a fellow known as "James Kirk" joins StarTec? Or is it James Kirk at Star Trek? It's so confusing, at least one day after New Year's Day. Okay, that's out of my system. Prior to joining StarTec, Burton served with Concurrent Technologies Corp. of Johnstown, Pa., as manager of its Fort Bragg operations in Fayetteville, N.C. Earlier, he held positions with the U.S. Army, including Inspector General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command and JFK Special Warfare Center; Deputy Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (Baghdad, Iraq); Deputy Operations Officer, Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa; Battalion Commander and Deputy Inspector General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command and Deputy Director, Executive Communication and Control of Army Chief of Staff. Burton's a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a B.A. degree in finance and accounting. He earned his MBA degree from Syracuse University. He completed the Inspector General course at Fort Belvoir, Va. and Military Comptrollership course at Syracuse University.

Concurrent Technologies has some existing ties to StarTec. In 1999, it won a $5-million federal contract to recycle the Defense Department’s discarded or worn-out electronic equipment. Earlier, Concurrent taught business people how to use computers. StarTec occupies 30,000 square feet at the Young-Rainey Science, Technology and Research (STAR) Center. I guess it's the closest thing to a final frontier we have around here.

(Burton photo courtesy of StarTec. William Shatner photo courtesy of Elliott Marks, Paramount Pictures.)

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

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