Paul J. Burt
Founder and CEO
Paul J. Burt has been an entrepreneur since 1991.
His innovations and business acumen have lead him to create, develop, and excel
in many self-made business platforms over the last two decades. His visions have brought
ideas into technical realities which have changed the landscape of several industries.
Paul was born in Philadelphia and began his career in New York City in 1980 as an insurance associate.
Paul moved to the Chicago area in 1991 and started WestLake Financial Group, Inc.,
an employee benefits firm designed to cater to the needs of mid to large sized companies.
Mr. Burt is a pioneer in the field of human resources outsourcing
and benefits administration, as WestLake has redefined the delivery of benefit information
to employees through technological innovations.
WestLake Financial Group, Inc. provides benefit consulting expertise,
technology solutions and outsourcing, third party administration, and brokerage services to over 150 large corporate and healthcare clients nationwide.
In 2012, WestLake Financial Group, Inc. was named in BOTH Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,
and National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. Mr. Burt was awarded into the prestigious Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame by the
University of Illinois in 2004. In 2014 Paul Burt was elected Event Chair of the American Heart Association Chicago Heart Ball.
Paul has been married to his wife, Janet, for 20 years and has four children: Brian (34), Erica (33),
Sophia (11), and Hudson (8). His hobbies and passions include technology, cars, history (especially world war II), photography, poetry,
current events, cycling, computers, and reading.