Setting the Stage for Success with Experience and Expertise


Susan Burke, Founder and President of First Stage Marketing and Learning Solutions


Susan Burke, First Stage Marketing and Learning Solutions Founder and President, has extensive experience in integrated multi-tactical consumer and business-to-business marketing including corporate communications, public relations, and talent development.


Susan focuses on providing comprehensive strategic and hands-on integrated marketing and communications strategies Areas of specialty include strategic planning and marketing implementation, market and competitor analysis, product development and implementation, mark research interpretation and integration, electronic and print publications, newsletters, public relations, website content and design, and integrated marketing communications.


In addition to her extensive experience, Susan has achieved the advanced degrees of Masters of Business Administration in Management and Masters of Science in Marketing from the University of Colorado.  She is the recipient of the American Marketing Association’s Gold Peak award for excellence in marketing. 

She is passionate about helping people learn and grow both personally and professionally. As a learning and job performance champion, she has earned the highest designation in the Learning and Development community; the Association for Learning and Development's Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). Susan also holds certifications in Coaching, Adult Learning Design, Emotional Intelligence, Everything DiSC and is a Master Trainer.

Susan has the analytical skills and creative insight that lends itself to fulfilling the needs of small start-up companies as well as larger, established businesses.  But, most importantly, she has the passion to learn about your business and staff performance and develop solutions for your success.


About First Stage Marketing 
and Learning Solutions

First Stage Marketing was founded in 2003 in Denver, Colorado to help businesses with all of their marketing and talent development needs. 

We provide intelligent and affordable solutions specifically crafted for your business and with measurable results.

We understand how time consuming it is to run a business and generate sales. First Stage Marketing handles all of your marketing needs from developing a strategic marketing plan to  creating eye catching marketing collateral to optimizing your talent through learning solutions.  

"First Stage" is a term to used describe the fire and combustion that builds prior to the launch of a rocket. And for those scuba diving enthusiasts, it is a term for the portion that connects the oxygen tank to your breathing apparatus.

In other words, First Stage Marketing builds upon the passion and fire you have for your business and breathes life into your company's  growth by developing customized and affordable marketing communications strategies and implementation plans with measurable results.

Industries Represented:

  • Higher Education
  • Telecommunications
  • Medical
  • Healthcare
  • Non-Profit
  • Entertainment
  • Hospitality
  • Consulting
  • Financial
  • Recreation
  • Tourism
  • Association / Membership
  • Food & Beverage
  • Retail
Clients Represented:   
  • AT&T
  • YMCA
  • Merrill Lynch
  • STARZ Encore Group
  • Regis University
  • DaVita Healthcare
  • Bent Fork Grill
  • Fluid Coffee Bar
  • Aurora Massage Therapy
  • National MS Society
  • Meineke Car Care
  • Denver Zoo