Darien Marion Burton
Director, Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce
Leadership Role(s): TBD
Member Organization: D.M.Burton
Darien Graduated Augustana in 2015 with a B.A in Business management & marketing with a minor in accounting and a certificate in nonprofit management. Having published research around Black student attrition and Predominately White institutions during his senior year, he set off to work in diversity services. Marion-Burton went on to intern and become the interim assistant to the Director of Multicultural Student Life, overseeing the department's marketing initiatives.
In late 2016 Marion-Burton moved back home to help his mother who’d had a double knee replacement. Marion-Burton accepted a sales position at Fashion Speciality Retailer, Nordstrom where he led the sales floor with over 600K in sales in his first 7 months. Seeking a change of pace, Marion-Burton moved into the FinTech sphere. Working in Customer Service, then moving to sales, and eventually taking over the business’s marketing, Marion-Burton never shied away from a challenge. After some reflection in 2018 Marion-Burton decided to open D.M. Burton.
When he’s not working, he’s either hosting/attending a dinner club with his best friends, Huddled at a bar over his laptop review marketing stats, or sitting on the couch sipping champagne with his puppy, Travis.