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David Burstin, MBA, CLU, ChFC, RHU

David Burstin, MBA, CLU, ChFC, RHU


As the founding partner of Burstin, Frantz & Hicks, David Burstin has over four decades of experience helping businesses and individuals plan for their financial future. David, who earned his undergraduate degree in insurance from Penn State, entered the field right after college. Over the years he developed a specialty in business insurance and estate planning, helping business owners and their families deal with the complexities of attracting, compensating and retaining talent, and putting into place desirable exit strategies.

Given that succession planning is one of the firm’s core offerings, it was important to David to address that very topic within his own practice early on by ensuring a deep bench of resident knowledge. David and his partners, Gary Frantz and Julie Burstin, recently invited a fourth partner, Ryan Hicks, to join the firm. Julie and Ryan represent the next generation of the business, and demonstrate the firm’s commitment to continuity.

After all of these years, David remains excited about the prospect of growing the firm. “I still enjoy the thrill of meeting new clients, working with them, and helping to satisfy their needs,” he says. His personal philosophy about growth is sincere and time-tested. “In addition to giving them advice, I believe in helping our clients by connecting them with people in our network who could benefit their business,” David explains. This notion of unsolicited giving has stimulated reciprocity that has contributed to the firm’s success.

David is very active on corporate and not-for-profit boards, both locally and nationally. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Frick Pittsburgh, the Board of Visitors at the University of Pittsburgh School of Business, and at Penn State’s School of Information Science. In the past, David served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.

David is an avid reader of history, and enjoys golf and travel in his spare time. He resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife, Barbara.