Our Team


Kevin Burnette, CEO

Kevin founded Gulf Direct in 2002, after leaving Dell Computer, where he served as Senior Marketing Manager for the Large Corporate Accounts and Preferred Accounts (Mid-Sized firm) Divisions. At Dell, he co-led the cross-functional team that consolidated Dell’s first marketing database across all business lines in the Americas Group. He also ran a highly successful lead generation campaign for more than three years, for which he was given several management awards, as his team grew and their scope was enlarged to encompass all of the Large Corporate Account space. Previous to Dell, Kevin owned his own marketing firm in Houston, Texas, where he conducted what were then called “database marketing” services for private sector firms and political campaigns. All told, Kevin has designed and executed major marketing communication campaigns -- and their strategies – for 9 private companies and 13 public sector organizations. He has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from Baylor University.


Mike Chapoton, Creative Director

Mike came to Gulf Direct in 2002, after leaving N Business Graphics, where he served as Art Director for six years. During his time at N Business Graphics, Mike created and managed multiple projects including direct mail pieces, business forms, promotional products, marketing campaigns and print advertising. Prior to N Business Graphics, Mike honed his skills at Accent Computer Graphics in the Production Department. Mike started his career in Graphic Design working for CJC Holdings, where he was a Production Assistant in the Marketing Department for Artcarved Class Rings. Mike received a BS in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.

When he's not sitting behind the computer, Mike can be found playing soccer with Cameron Road United, running with his three Weimaraners, or relaxing on the sunny beaches of the Mexican Riviera with his family.




Contact us

Visit us at our new location at the north east corner of Shoal Creek and Steck in Austin.