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Alois (Al) J. Burda III

Al and his wife Kate moved to Venice Florida from Annapolis Maryland in 2002 after he retired from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and after restoring and selling his family home on the Chesapeake Bay. They chose the Florida Suncoast over many other locations because of the warm weather and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. They currently live in Venice.

The son of a sailor, Al grew up in the shadows of the U.S. Naval Academy and like his father graduated and was commissioned there in 1968 majoring in Physics. Al’s military service consisted of multiple shipboard Officer assignments aboard Destroyers in the Pacific, Atlantic and the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Aboard one Destroyer he made two combat deployments to the Western Pacific during the Vietnam Conflict. He was then assigned to Admiral Zumwalt’s staff as an Ombudsman in the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington DC. Upon completion of his active duty, Al served in the reserves and completed his Master’s in Business Finance at the George Washington University.

Al is Past President and currently a Board Member of the Sarasota Manatee Council Navy League of the United States and Current President of the Florida Suncoast Chapter of the US Naval Academy Alumni Association. Al also serves as a Blue and Gold Officer (local Admissions Officer) for the US Naval Academy. Earlier he was a teacher at Venice Christian School and Sarasota Military Academy and Director of Development of Venice Christian School.

At the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, he served in many capacities and positions of management culminating as Chief of Staff of the Office of Research, supervising a large staff whose responsibilities included budgeting and accounting, project management, human resources, contracting, strategic planning, and Office performance. His interests/recent accomplishments include successful management and direction of several local non-profits. Notably he raised over $1M at Venice Christian School for a new gym and five classrooms and he raised funds during the Community Foundation of Sarasota’s Giving Challenge on behalf of Venice Christian School and the Navy League. He has been Editor/Publisher/Author of Sarasota Manatee Council’s and the Florida Suncoast Chapter of the USNA Alumni Association’s newsletters. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, organizing, scheduling and budgeting in cooperation with other Navy League and USNA Alumni Chapter Board Members. He was one of the prime movers in the successful expansion of Venice Christian School to include a High School. He enjoys partnering with like organizations where there is a common interest to plan activities and events of mutual benefit.

Al has a strong commitment to service and considers it an honor to have served in the U.S. Navy.