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Burke Agency is the leading manufacturers’ representative of plumbing and heating products in Michigan. Our agency was founded in 1975 and quickly established high standards for professionalism, business integrity, customer service and sales performance. We have exceptional resources and manpower to fully implement product and program initiatives for our manufacturers.


Burke Agency represents manufacturers that produce high quality, value-added products sold through wholesale distributors. Our principal secondary market coverage includes contractors, builders, showrooms, kitchen and bath dealers, mechanical engineers, architects and interior designers. We provide manufacturers with complete market coverage for both residential and commercial customers. We offer unparalleled access to the decision makers in our industry. In addition, our agency has earned a national reputation for implementing innovative sales, marketing, and product training programs.


We understand what manufacturers want from your agent - intelligent representation, deep local market knowledge, a professional sales and service team, and significant growth for your product lines.



John T. Burke - Principal

Manager - West Michigan Office

John Burke became an outside sales rep for Burke Agency in 1979, after working in the commercial valve industry in Texas. John has worked in all facets of the plumbing market, including calling on distributors, industrial facilities, institutions such as hospitals and universities, the design industry, and contractors. He took over the Burke Agency – Grand Rapids office in 1980 and has now lived and worked in West Michigan for over 30 years. John became a principal partner in Burke Agency in 1989. John covers all major accounts in West Michigan, including Etna, Williams, and Ferguson, and manages our sales staff in this area.


In addition to serving on several Michigan plumbing code committees, John has attended numerous “rep councils” for our manufacturers, including Maax Aker, IPS, and Charlotte Pipe. He is a recent member of NIRAC, the Ferguson Enterprises rep council. John is a graduate of Michigan State University, holding a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in chemical engineering.

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Brian Burke, CPMR - Principal

Manager - East Michigan Office

Brian Burke joined the agency in 1981 as an inside sales and customer service representative. He moved through various positions in outside sales, calling on wholesalers, plumbing contractors, builders and design professionals. Brian became a principal partner of Burke Agency in 1989. He now serves as the General Manager of Burke Agency and directs the sales activities of our East Michigan team. He has served on numerous “rep councils” or advisory committees for our manufacturers, including Delta Faucet, Charlotte Pipe, Woodford Manufacturing, Watco Bath Wastes, Bemis-Church Seats, and BrassCraft.


Brian is the past Chairman and President of the “Association of Independent Manufacturers’ Representatives” (AIM/R), our national trade association. He is a past member of the ASA Board of Directors, and also served for four years on the board of the “ASA Educational Foundation.” Brian is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a degree in Business Administration. He has successfully completed the 3-year “Certified Professional Manufacturers Representative” (CPMR) program.

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