Business 100 - 2008

Burns, Brian

Brian Burns/BF Enterprises, Inc.

Brian Burns is chairman and president of BF Enterprises, Inc., a publicly-owned real estate and development
company.

The driving force behind some 40 corporate mergers, Burns is a nationally regarded business executive. Before forming BF Enterprises, Brian served as the Chairman to the Executive Committee at the Coca-Cola Bottling
Company of New York.

With roots in County Kerry and a strong connection to Ireland, Brian is the founder and principal benefactor of the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books, named for his father, at Boston College. The library houses more than 150,000
volumes – the largest research collection of Irish books in the United States.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Brian sits on the Taoiseach’s Economic Advisory Board, and serves on the Trinity College Foundation Board in Dublin. He was also a principal benefactor of the Irish Famine Memorial in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Brian is married to Eileen, who shares his passion for Ireland.