College Bowl Coach – Dave Burris Tribute Award

This commemorative award is given in honor of Mr. David Burris, former CIA officer who dedicated his life to making a positive impact on many diversity community organizations. Mr. Burris was tremendously passionate about the HENAAC College Bowl and had been an excellent coach for many years. The David Burris Tribue Award recognizes a coach that goes above and beyond all expectations and demonstrates great direction and assistance to the College Bowl team and collegiality with fellow coaches.

2019 College Bowl Coach Honoree
Jose Corpuz
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

2018 College Bowl Coach Honoree
Eric Valentin
Lockheed Martin Corporation

2017 College Bowl Coach Honoree
Melissa Minneci
Northrop Grumman Corporation

2016 College Bowl Coach Honoree
Oscar Cerón
The Boeing Company

2015 College Bowl Coach Honoree
Marissa Suarez
Walt Disney World Resort

2014 College Bowl Coach Honoree
Sandra Martinez   
The Boeing Company
Team Alpha

2013 College Bowl Coach Honoree
Kristen Murphy    
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Team GloSec

2012 College Bowl Coach Honoree
Alfredo Rodriguez
The Boeing Company

2011 College Bowl Coach Honoree
Jesus Cardona
The Boeing Company


In Memoriam - Dave Burris

Dave Burris was a 34 year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency. Dave worked nineteen of those years in the CIA’s Office of Security and for the rest of his career, served as the Southwest Region Recruitment Representative for the CIA’s Recruitment Center and represented all occupations that the CIA hired. Along with his recruitment duties, Dave conducted over 16 workshops/seminars for students and professionals. A true champion for the Hispanic community, Dave was instrumental in bringing the College Bowl competition to the attention of GMiS leadership in the late 1990’s and now the College Bowl is a premier component of HENAAC Conference.

Dave was always at home when he was motivating individuals, whether it was during a standing room only workshop or mentoring students during the College Bowl. A career coach and mentor, until the last week before his death, he did the things he loved to do, such as recruiting and taking care of his family. We will be forever grateful to have known and worked with this incredible individual and consider it an honor to be able to present a tribute award in his memory.