Denise C. Burke

Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer

Denise exhibits leadership across all facets of the firm with an exquisite mastery of detail.

Denise understands a business from start-up through the complexities of managing and growing multiple companies. In addition to her financial knowledge base, she brings expertise in business planning, strategy, and oversight. Prior to joining Bigelow, Denise spent over fifteen years at the Liberty Lane suite of companies which included Liberty Lane Partners, Perspecta Trust, Liberty Lane Service Company, and their related entities. She held several professional roles in these companies including Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Compliance Officer, and Controller.

In addition to being our COO, Denise also serves as the Chief Compliance Officer and Financial & Operations Principal of Bigelow Capital Securities, our registered broker-dealer. Denise began her career at the international accounting firm KPMG in Boston. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Society of CPAs and the Massachusetts Society of CPAs. Denise serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee Chair of Riverwoods, a non-profit continuing care retirement community.

Denise earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross.

Denise is FINRA licensed Series 24, 28, 79, 99.

  • What is your greatest fear?

    Losing my vision! The thought of never seeing my family member's faces again totally scares me. Plus, there is so much beauty in the world that I have yet to see.

  • Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me...

    Outside. I love all seasons and take advantage of where we live – walking the beach, playing on the lake, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

  • In what ways might you be challenging or tricky to work with?

    As COO, I have my hands in all operating aspects of the business and my priorities are constantly changing (sometimes several times a day). Anyone who works with me has to be comfortable with unpredictable days.

  • The talent I would most like to have is…?

    The ability to play the piano. I have never taken lessons but would love to learn.

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