Sen. Huff Honors Marty Burbank as Small Business Owner of the Year
Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) paid tribute to a Fullerton attorney today, naming Marty Burbank as the Small Business Owner of the Year during ceremonies hosted by the California Small Business Association (CSBA) held at the Sacramento Convention Center. Burbank was honored for a philanthropic gesture that could define the future for 27 students who attend Tessa Ashton's kindergarten class at Rio Vista Elementary School in Anaheim.
"Earlier this year Mr. Burbank walked into that classroom and announced that he would foot the entire bill for a college education for each and every one of those students," said Senator Huff. "It's an extraordinary gift and commitment of a lifetime from a constituent I'm proud to represent in the 29th Senate District. Choosing Mr. Burbank as my award winner was not a hard decision to make."
Mr. Burbank was honored during a luncheon hosted by the CSBA, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that makes its mission to provide small business with a meaningful voice in state and federal governments. He was later presented with a Member's Resolution by Senator Huff. That resolution states in part:
"Demonstrating great public spirit and an outstanding example of corporate citizens helping to meet the needs of the community through philanthropy, Marty Burbank and his wife, Dr. Seon Chun-Burbank, a professor at Vanguard University, have postponed their dream of sailing the world and have generously pledged to put a class of 27 kindergartners at Rio Vista Elementary School in Anaheim through college."
"(These children) don't come from families where anybody has had an opportunity to go to college," Burbank would later tell the Orange County Register. "And college is not something that the parents talk to the kids about."
Mr. Burbank's firm, Orange County Elder Law, focuses on estate planning, elder law, tax law and veteran's benefits. The firm, which Burbank started with co-founder Joshua D. Ramirez in 2002, operates from two Orange County locations, Fullerton and Corona.
"Marty Burbank has demonstrated that small business ownership is more than just profit and rewards for the business owner," said Senator Huff. "Mr. Burbank's business is going to forever change the lives of 27 children in a very positive way. That's what business leaders do, change our communities for the better."