David Burney

Chairman + Partner + Leadership Coach


What’s the real challenge here?

For more than thirty-five years, David has helped build and lead design-driven organizations with a focus on developing creative leaders. Today, David combines his diverse talents, serving as an executive and leadership coach. He helps individuals and teams identify their purpose, create a vision of where they want to go, and develop practical plans for achieving their goals.

In previous lives, David served as the Vice President of Brand Communications + Design at Red Hat, Chief Creative Officer at Capstrat, Owner of Burney Design, and Chief Designer of the NC Museum of Art. He’s a founder of AIGA Raleigh and an AIGA Fellow.

In his free time, David walks the line as the lead singer of the Johnny Folsom 4 – a Johnny Cash tribute band. But nothing brings him more happiness than walking and chatting with his three-year-old grandson, Cash.

Why New Kind?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

– Mary Oliver