Burgess attended The Lawrenceville High School in Lawrenceville, NJ. the University of Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1988 with a BA. in Developmental Economics and History.
1989- With a background in general contracting from Carey Construction (sold in 1990), Burgess founded his own company , "Carey Technologies Inc.", a construction management and municipal contracting company promoting the beneficial re-use of bio-solids for reclamation and soil maintenance in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia.
1992 -Burgess founded "CTP, LLC", a real estate company in Jessamine County, KY and began construction on Crestview Center, a 65 acre Commercial and Industrial development.
1993- Burgess founded "Safe Storage Inc" (Safestorage.com) eventually consisting of 5 self storage and truck rental facilities with a total of over 350,000 sq. ft. as well as "GBC Development LLC" and "1070 Elizabeth LLC" two flex space facilities totaling over 160,000 sq. ft. In 2015 the majority of the Safe Storage portfolio was sold for over $34m.
1994- Founded Boone Creek Properties LLC and purchased a former truck stop in southern Fayette County, KY. The property was developed as an outdoor recreation and ecotourism facility, first in 2002, as "Boone Creek Angler's Club", a private fishing and lodging club. And in 2017 expanding to "Boone Creek Outdoors", a world class zipline canopy tour and challenge course.
2016- Mr. Carey formed "Local Storage" and began the rehabilitation and redevelopment of an old abused 28,500 sq. ft. facility in Lexington, KY which was then expanded to a 53,000 sq. ft. in 2018. Total investment was $2.7M. In 2021 the rehabbed and expanded facility was sold to StorageMart for $4.85M.
2017- Mr. Carey joined Hans Roberts as a partner, and together with Bob Vamvas founded Strategic Growth Partners,a consulting and feasibility firm serving the self storage industry.
2019 -Burgess began construction on Citation Storage LLC (branded "StoreLocal Lexington"), a state of the art 95,000 sqft fully automated storage facility featuring contactless rentals and "Noke" blue tooth access controls.
StoreLocal Lexington opened in July 2021, achieving stabilization in December of 2022.
In his local region Burgess is a past board of member of the Kentucky Recycling Association, Bluegrass Tomorrow, Big Brothers Big Sisters, advisory board of First Southern Bank, Sierra Club, Trout Unlimited, Bluegrass Wildwater Association, Clays Ferry Neighborhood Association, Lexington Opera House Fund and a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lexington Public Library.
"Setting a New Pace"
George B. Carey III, a University of Kentucky graduate looked to the future. Under his leadership, affiliated companies were established to quarry limestone, lease equipment, produce asphalt, move raw material by truck, barge and rail, and develop innovative methods of handling municipal and toxic waste.
The Carey name became synonymous with advanced technology and quality construction.
At one time, Carey's quarry operations in Kentucky were one of the largest underground operations in the state. Carey Construction developed the first floating Asphalt plant on a barge system based in Maysville Ky on the Ohio river.
Carey Construction and all its subsidiaries was sold in 1990.
In the 1940's Carey Construction passed to George B. Carey II. He assumed leadership after graduating from the University of Kentucky as their second All-American basketball player. Under his guidance the company concentrated on highway and municipal construction in the Central Kentucky areas of Lexington, Danville, Flemingsburg and Maysville. The company grew to meet demanding contract needs, which included much of the new interstate system being constructed in these areas.
In 1907, Mr. George B. Carey started a business and began a family tradition. The company started as a general contracting firm, branching into road construction in the early 1900's. As the firm matured, roads became its primary concern. Carey Construction had offices (in Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; and Jackson, Mississippi), directing the building of concrete and asphalt roads all over the southern United States.
Upon his death in 1943, George Carey, Sr. was described by William Lehman (a local entrepreneur) as a "rugged individualist who believed in every man using his wits and his muscle, saving his earnings, and making his own way in life."