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Michael Burke – Partner/President

Upon completion of his BS degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York he began his professional career with Sterling Drug in 1969. While working as an analytical/process development chemist, he earned his MS degree in Chemistry from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Following several supervisory roles he was assigned to Sterling Drug’s new pharmaceutical facility in Puerto Rico in 1976. Working as assistant plant manager/technical director he made significant process and operational improvements. Reassigned to the corporate headquarters in NYC, he worked briefly as technical services manager before being assigned to Sterling’s Bayer Aspirin manufacturing facility as plant manager. In 1982 he was appointed plant manager of Sterling’s solid dose manufacturing facility in Albany, New York.

In 1985 he was appointed general manager of Sterling Drug Ireland where he was responsible for design, construction and startup of a 150K square foot pharmaceutical plant. A brief stint as VP of Mfg. Europe (11 Facilities) was followed by a return to corporate as VP MFG. / Quality for Sterling’s 60+ facilities.

As part of a corporate development plan he was assigned to Hong Kong, China in 1992 as general manager with responsibility for sales, marketing and development of an entry strategy into main-land China. Under his leadership Sterling opened a JV in Shanghai in 1994.

Following the sale of Sterling by its parent company Eastman Kodak in 1995 he joined Kinetic Concepts Inc. in San Antonio, Texas. Initially responsible for Manufacturing and Quality he later assumed responsibility for Research and Development. During his tenure at KCI he participated in sale of the company to private investors, dramatic growth in revenue lead by VAC and eventual IPO. He retired from KCI in 2007.After three years of retirement he opened Burke & Pruski Inc., a metal fabrication shop focused on contract work. He continues to manage and grow that business today.

In addition to his work career he serves on several advisory and charitable boards including Chairman of the Board for the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind.

Jim Pruski – Partner/COO

After graduating from Southwest Texas with a B.S. in Accounting, he began his career at DataPoint in San Antonio, TX. After 10 years of being a manager in the accounting department he decided it was time to go back to his real passion of manufacturing.

He was given the opportunity in 1980 to become the plant manager of DataFab. He was the plant manager for 11 years where he managed the metal fabrication and assembly for the technology based company. They built the internal parts and computer chassis as well as painted and assemble the parts in house.

He joined Kinetic Concepts Inc. in 1990 to start their metal fabrication plant from the ground up. He designed the flow of the shop, purchased all equipment and developed the assembly procedures. It grew quickly and in matter of a few years, the fabrication plant had over 150 employees that he oversaw. He wanted to offset the fluctuations in the medical industry and began expanding the business by taking in local contract work.

He retired from KCI in 2010 after 20 years but only 1 short year later his contract customers called him and asked if he would start his own business. He partnered with his colleague and friend Mike Burke and opened Burke & Pruski MetalFab in February of 2011. His reputation with customer service, quality and passion for manufacturing has followed him through the years.