Shining the Spotlight on Jeremy Burrows
This week we are honoured to be joined by Jeremy Burrows! Jeremy has become a true flag bearer for the EA community sharing his experiences worldwide through his popular Podcast and website.
Jeremy has 12+ years of experience as an Executive Assistant supporting fast-paced, high-capacity, influential leaders. He has worked with CEOs, Professional Athletes, Celebrities, Pastors, Authors, Speakers, and Board Members in both the non-profit and for profit sectors.
Currently, Jeremy is EA to the CEO of an artificial intelligence software company in St. Louis, Missouri.
Jeremy is also founder of GoBurrows.com where his blog, group training, one-on-one coaching, online courses, and top rated podcast for assistants – The Leader Assistant Podcast – help executives and assistants reclaim their time and energy, so they can lead well without burning out.
Ø What made you become an Executive Assistant?
I was working for a non-profit and I was one of the few people in the organization who could keep track of details, show up to meetings on time, respond to emails in a timely manner, and meet deadlines. It was very frustrating but I eventually realized I had found a type of work that no one else around me (at the time) could do better than me. I thought, “I could provide for my family doing details and organization for those who aren’t detailed or organized…”
So I turned it into my career.
Ø Talk us through your career journey to date
I worked a few jobs while in High School, but primarily I worked at a small company you may have heard of – Walmart. I then interned at a non-profit church, doing music and random tasks. As I mentioned in the prior question, I was good at project management so I was an assistant for a couple years, then did project management for a year, then I shifted into an Executive Assistant role. I was EA to the founding Pastor, who was also an author, speaker, and Chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.
After 6 years with him, he got fired (long story) and I was burned out, so I left the organization and took 7 or 8 months off. During that time off, my wife and I sold our home, most of our belongings, and travelled the country with our 2 boys for a few months.
It was a much needed time to rest, reset, and refresh.
Then in January 2017 I started as EA to the Founder and CEO of my current company, Jane.ai.
Ø Who has been the most influential person in your career and why?
Probably all of the executives I’ve supported over the years. Each one of them had their pros and cons, but they all saw me as a leader and brought that out of me in different ways.
I really am blessed to have worked with so many supportive executives over the years.
Ø What does your average day look like?
As EAs know, there is no such thing as an average day for an EA. 🙂
But generally speaking, it’s scheduling meetings, booking travel, making sure my CEO is where he needs to be, looking 1, 2, 3, or 73 weeks ahead on the calendar, and taking as much off the plate of my CEO as possible so he can focus on growing the business and leading our team.
Ø You’ve become a real flag bearer for the EA community, we love your website, social channels, and podcast, but what made you go down this path?
Thank you! It’s been fun. Back when I took all that time off in 2016, while in between jobs, I was determined to help as many executives and assistants as I could. I wanted to help them lead well without burning out. So I launched my blog and started networking with assistants all over the world. It’s been a lot of work but very rewarding.
Just today I had 2 podcast interviews with people on the other side of the world. This never would have happened had I not launched my blog a few years ago.
Ø Your podcast is a great listen, you must have so much fun recording it?
Yes, it’s fun. A LOT of work, but very fun. The interesting thing is we had a couple of podcasts at my former organization, and I was the project manager for them, so I have experience recording, editing, and publishing podcasts. I also used to do music, so this new podcast gives me a chance to utilize all my skills in these areas which I haven’t been able to use in years.
Ø What are your hopes for the future?
I hope to help thousands of executives and assistants become better leaders, enjoy their roles, excel in their roles, and avoid burnout.
I also hope to buy a tiny house in the mountains someday, but we’ll see. 🙂
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