M. Anthony Burns

Business

M. Anthony Burns (1941-)

is a native of Mesquite, Nev. After attending Dixie College, Tony continued his education by receiving his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

He spent nine years with Mobil Oil before joining Ryder, where he became CEO in 1983 at age 42. Today, he serves as Chairman, President and CEO of Ryder Systems, a $7 billion international company headquartered in Miami, Fla. Tony is a great humanitarian and received the American Red Cross Humanitarian Award for his outstanding leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew.

Although many of his efforts are on the national and global scene, Tony has not forgotten his roots and continues to support the local economy through business and charitable giving. A 5,000-seat multipurpose facility was built as part of his local commitment and bears his name, the Burns Arena. In 1998, Tony was named by the American Association of Community Colleges as one of six national Outstanding Alumni Award recipients. He and his wife, the former Joyce Jordan, are the parents of two daughters and one son.