In the summer of 2003, Burton was chosen to be on SURVIVOR Pearl Islands which gave him some insight into the entertainment industry. After that, Burton started a production company focused on reality TV and travel production. He created, financed, and produced Camp Reality which he sold to FOX Reality in 2006 and then partnered up with Alex and Zsolt to create Around The World Productions. He is also CEO, producer, and host of the Yacht Channel, an Internet portal and original content production company based around the yachting industry.
Burton went to college at Southern Methodist University and earned degrees in business and philosophy, before working for Price Waterhouse LLC (systems consulting) and then made a move to the internet industry where he started as the seventh employee and became the VP of Marketing and PR for Savvis Communications (NASDAQ: SVVS – a national Internet Service Provider). Focused on learning more about business and earning his MBA, Burton attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Business and graduated in 2000 when he moved west to San Francisco to work for Marc Andreessen's company, Loudcloud, in the heart of Silicon Valley. After three years working in internet technology there, he moved to Los Angeles where he is currently residing in Santa Monica.
Burton's passion and love for the outdoors has given him a chance to participate in just about every adventurous activity out there, including hunting, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, SCUBA diving, swimming, sky diving, bungee jumping, snowboarding/skiing, horseback riding, mountain climbing and adventure racing (raced in the Eco-Challenge Fiji in 2002). His passion for travel has led him to over 45 countries on 6 continents around the world.
Burton was also a contestant on the competition based Bravo show, Battle of the Network Reality Stars, recently featured as an inspirational "story teller" in the movie The Compass, and can be found in Spirit of Adventure: Eagle Scouts and the Making of America's Future (Burton earned his Eagle Scout award at age 14).