Reggie Burton’s career includes many diverse titles, including professional journalist, NFL Public Relations Alumni, Casino industry communications executive, business owner, entrepreneur, non-profit board member and now the newest title, Author.
His book, titled This is Depression, is a personal story after losing his son to depression and suicide. Determined to use grief as a powerful tool for change and removing the stigma associated with mental health, Reggie decided to write the book to honor his son, Avery Burton after he suffered a major depressive episode in 2017. In the process of healing, he rediscovered his passion for story telling and helping others find their voice.
Since he began writing the book, Reggie and his family started the Avery R. Burton Excellence in Academics and Sports Scholarship and the Avery Burton Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, dedicated to mental health outreach and saving lives.
Reggie started his professional career as a print journalist at the Reno Gazette-Journal. He moved into professional sports as a public relations specialist at the San Diego Chargers, where he worked Super Bowl IV and Super Bowl XXX for the NFL. Reggie started his career in hospitality as the publicist for Circus Circus Reno and later was promoted to Public Relation Manager for Circus Circus Las Vegas. He would become Director of Corporate Communications for Mandalay Resort Group and MGM Mirage.
Reggie started his own publications relations consulting firm, Reggie Burton Communications, a certified minority business enterprise (MBE), while remaining active in the community, serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Vegas PBS.
Reggie continues to build and grow his business leading to a rebrand to RB Group – Public Relations. Reggie’s current and past clients include Las Vegas Urban League, R&R Partners Advertising Agency, Robert Parker (The Wine Advocate, A Michelin company), The Ogden Family Foundation, The Vegas Golden Knights and Circa Hotel and Casino.
This is Depression is available as a paper back on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Proceeds from the sales of the book will go towards the scholarship.