Founder and President of Cygnus Systems, Inc., in Taylor. Cygnus, an information technology company that provides Microsoft network integration and support services, just celebrated its 20th anniversary. The company recently upgraded the Detroit Federation of Teachers’ total network and its infrastructure support. With more than 25 years of business and technology experience, Burkulas has worked closely with many companies across an array of industries. He has served as a technical advisor and integrator in designing computer network systems and in providing solutions to business challenges through the use of computer and communications technology. Burkulas has established a number of strategic alliances in different areas of technology, which has allowed him to focus on his strengths, work with other companies that do the same, and align resources to provide a holistic solution to his clients. A Microsoft Certified Consultant, he is an active member of the National Computer Association and has received an “Outstanding Accomplishment” certificate for his work. A long-time member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, he is currently president of the Detroit chapter. Burkulas has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Wayne State University.