In the early 2000s, his company purchased Ozark Mountaineer magazine and subsequently turned it over to one of its investors. In 2014, he and his wife, Connie, bought property in Branson. In July 2019, they permanently moved to the area.
He says he tried retirement, but inevitably he and his body hated sitting still. So instead of doing nothing, Burrell took six decades of business knowledge and put it to use by helping small business owners figure out what’s next. As a business development advisor for Kingsley Group, Burrell serves as a matchmaker, helping people find the right partners, buyers or investors for their business. What’s amusing is that at the age of 80, Burrell says he’s still figuring out what he wants to do next, or what he wants to do when he grows up.
“I’m learning that I don’t know it all,” he says. “When you see how people do things differently than you’ve been doing them, it’s helpful. I’m meeting people, learning this area and how to live on their terms, not mine. This is a new place, so it’s a new experience. I’m having a lot of fun.”