Our Team

KELLY VICTOR-BURKE

Co-Founder/Co-Owner

Kelly Victor-Burke, entrepreneur and woodwork manufacturing advocate, served as co-director of Eastern Michigan University’s Geotourism & Historic Preservation program for 30 years. She retired in April 2020 to focus on Burke Architectural Millwork (BAM), founded with her husband Barry in 2016. Named an “Industry Market Leader” by Woodworking Network in 2022, Kelly and Barry aim to revolutionize architectural millwork manufacturing. BAM is Michigan’s sole WBENC Certified WBE in custom architectural millwork.

In June 2023, they launched Bespoke Closets and Organized Spaces (BCOS), offering luxury European-inspired designs, which they manufacture at their in-house, state-of-the-art facility. Their “Casa di Burke” Design Studio welcomes clients by appointment.

As a woodwork manufacturing advocate, Kelly led a team to create the first 21st-century Department of Labor registered apprenticeship in woodworking, the “Woodwork Manufacturing Specialist” program, which addresses employment gaps through cross-training in CAD, mechatronics (like CNC), wood processing including cabinet building, coatings, estimating and project management. A Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alum, she was recognized as a “Notable Woman in Manufacturing” by Crain’s Detroit Business and serves on the National Woods Board. Kelly eagerly advocates for wood industry apprenticeships nationwide.

BARRY BURKE

Co-Founder/Co-Owner

Barry, co-founder and co-owner, thrives as an innovative entrepreneur, mentoring employees and focusing on continued growth within the woodwork manufacturing industry. Leading client relations, estimating, and project management, Barry is hands-on in every project, known for his meticulous attention to detail.

A native of the Galway City in the Republic of Ireland, with over 25 years in the architectural millwork industry, Barry learned from the best craftsmen in New York City before bringing his expertise to Metro Detroit. With experience on many high-end projects throughout the east coast, his work blends old-world craftsmanship with modern techniques, reflecting his passion for quality.

As a licensed general contractor, Barry’s journey from bench worker to project manager has culminated in the establishment of his own company. His leadership and industry knowledge are foundational to our success.

JENNY O'CONNOR

Design Director

Jenny, an interior design leader with a B.S. from EMU’s College of Technology, brings nearly 20 years of experience in commercial and residential interiors. Recognized as a thought leader, she drives industry innovation and change. Certified as a Registered Storage Designer, she values continued education.

A sought-after speaker at conferences like KBIS and ClosetPro, Jenny is committed to sharing industry insights. She believes in a collaborative approach to design, enhancing daily functions for homeowners and businesses alike. Outside of work, she enjoys learning, reading, traveling, and family time.

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