Burke’s deep experience in Chicago tech sector and new role at fast growing company key to honor
CHICAGO, July 20, 2015 — Dick Burke, CEO of Chicago-based VISANOW, a leading provider of online immigration services in the U.S., has been named one of Chicago’s top 50 Technology Leaders by Crain’s Chicago Business in its annual Tech 50 list. The company is disrupting the traditional legal immigration services market with a transparent, affordable and extremely effective product that blends the best of technology and immigration attorneys to help individuals and companies obtain work visas.
The recognition comes on the heels of the company winning the Moxie Award for Best Service Provider by Built in Chicago and amidst a year of dramatic growth for the company. VISANOW is coming off a year of double-digit revenue growth from large enterprises as well as hundreds of small and medium sized businesses. It is expected to quadruple the size of its sales force in the next nine months. The company is on pace to increase revenue by another 75 percent in 2015.
“We’re so pleased and proud that Crain’s has selected Dick as a Tech 50 leader,” said Scott Griffith, VISANOW’s board chair. “Since taking the helm in January, he’s built out a great executive team, grown staff and revenue, and is making VISANOW one of the next big tech companies in the city.”
Working with individuals and companies, VISANOW streamlines the tedious and confusing visa application process by automatically gathering required information, forms and documents from both the sponsor and applicant, then dynamically generating a complete, accurate and personalized application. At any point in the process, clients have access to immigration attorneys to handle unique needs. This combination of automation, transparency and high customer touch offers an unparalleled user experience, helping clients save time, money and stress. Since inception, the company has prepared cases for tens of thousands of visa applications with a greater than 95 percent approval rate.
Prior to joining VISANOW, Burke served in the top leadership role as President of Apartments.com, where he managed all of the business operations including the sales, marketing and finance sectors as well as the product development, production, customer service and technology departments. Under his tenure, the business attained all-time highs in customers, traffic and revenues, helping to fuel its successful sale to CoStar Group in 2014. Burke received a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy Cross in 1986, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990.
VISANOW is a leading provider of online immigration services in the U.S. that integrates the best of both people and technology to provide cost-effective, transparent visa application services. Its patented online process guarantees fast response times, easy access to case information and comprehensive customer support. Since inception in 1998, the company has assisted tens of thousands of immigrants, business people and international travelers. More information is available at www.VISANOW.com.