Alissa Schuessler

Board Member
Chief Financial Officer

With insightful leadership and a powerful entrepreneurial spirit, Alissa Schuessler paves the way for our organization’s continued financial success.

Alissa joined as a staff accountant in 2005, rising to the role of chief financial officer. Under her leadership, the finance team navigated international expansion into five countries, helping strengthen our credentials as a global firm. She spearheaded development of a best-in-class team and established financial controls to accommodate large-scale, complex projects. As a finance executive of a 100% employee-owned firm, she supports entrepreneurial ideas with sound financial counsel. In that capacity, she sponsors a companywide initiative providing employee-owners with a framework to navigate and execute the steps of getting an idea to market. Alissa is a member of the Employee-Owned S Corporations of America, was named a 2021 NextGen Leader by the Kansas City Business Journal and is a graduate of the Central Exchange Emerging Leaders Program, which empowers women leaders.

In the community:

Alissa supports organizations including:

  • Employee-Owned S Corporations of America (ESCA), board member and ESCA PAC treasurer
  • Burns & McDonnell PAC, treasurer
  • Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri, former board member
How do you and your team make the world a better place?

Our finance team is fortunate to provide support across all our global practices and regional offices. In the process, we play a part in all projects that Burns & Mac executes for our clients, from building critical infrastructure to delivering environmental solutions. Together, we improve the quality of life!

What's the coolest part of your job?

As the CFO, guiding total return to shareholders is not just a key part of my role but also a cool part of my responsibilities. It is on par with being an executive sponsor of our Launch program. This program has given me an opportunity to engage with entrepreneurs at all levels in our organization that are driving our business forward. It is the breadth of our entrepreneurial spirit that gets me excited for the future of our company.

What’s something you would love people to know about you?

I am the mother of two amazing girls, and becoming a mother forced a balance in my life — only making me more successful in my career.

More from Alissa

Employee Ownership and the Great Realization
Three Ways Clients Benefit from Employee-Owned Companies