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CEO Roundtable Agenda

This program is being presented as part of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida’s “Empowerment Luncheon” series, designed to engage, enlighten, and empower attendees through a series of conversations with entrepreneurs on the things that have fueled their success. This CEO Roundtable Luncheon will provide members of the AACCCF and leaders in the Central Florida business community the opportunity to hear how one longtime Central Florida business prepared itself for the next generation of leadership – and how those changes are helping open new avenues for its growth.

12:00pm– Program begins 

12:10pm– Panelist Discussion with Robert L. Burns and Jessica Burns: Moderated by Derek Bruce and Alexis Deveaux

12:50pm– Audience Q & A

1:00pm– Program ends


Robert L. Burns | Founder R L Burns Inc. 

Robert L. Burns is a Florida State Certified General Contractor. He studied Furniture Design/Industrial Design at the Philadelphia College of Art, now known as University of the Arts. He also completed the Executive Management Course at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. Complemented by more than 40 years of experience within the construction industry, Mr. Burns’ expertise includes but is not limited to: general contracting, construction management, estimating, and CPM scheduling.

Mr. Burns contributes to the success of the company’s core values by providing providing hands-on oversight of the workmanship on each project. He chose to relocate the corporate office to the downtown Orlando district, having a vested interest in the ongoing Parramore Revitalization Effort by the City of Orlando. 

Jessica Burns | President R L Burns Inc. 

Jessica Burns earned a B.A. in Organizational Behavior from the University of South Florida in 2006, and an MBA from the University of Central Florida in 2010, while working full time at R L Burns Inc., as the Business Development Coordinator. She was promoted to Vice President in 2012 and expanded her business development role also overseeing all internal operations and risk management functions of the business.

After taking some time for self-reflection about whether the family business was her best opportunity to serve, she chose to pursue her first love, a career in the legal field. Jessica thereafter became a full time student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Upon graduation she was sworn into the Florida and Georgia Bars. She has practiced law in the areas of business, employment and construction law during her legal career. In March of 2021, she transitioned back to the business world as President of R L Burns Inc. Jessica was honored as one of OBJs 40 under 40. She has served as past chair of the City of Orlando Code Enforcement Board, member of the Downtown Development and CRA Advisory Boards and currently serves as a member of the Fairwinds Credit Union Audit Committee.  

Moderated by:

Derek Bruce | Orlando Office Managing Partner Gunster

Alexis Deveaux | Attorney Gunster