Alumni Spotlight – David Burshtan ’84

Alumni Spotlight – David Burshtan ’84

BrownBears.com features one former male and female student-athlete who has gone on to achieve success in the workplace, as well as exhibit the spirit of Brown University within the community. The installments will provide highlights of the selectees’ athletic careers at Brown and offer a glimpse into their current career paths.

Alumni Spotlight – David Burshtan ’84

David Burshtan ’84 was a defensive end on Brown’s football team and the recipient of the prestigious Brunonia Award while a member of the track & field squad in his time at College Hill. In addition to being a member of the two teams at Brown, Burshtan continued his passion for powerlifting which began in high school. Today, Burshtan has had great success competing in the sport.

While Burshtan continued to lift weights after graduate school, he did not lift competitively from the ages of 26 through 54. In 2015 he decided to enter competitive powerlifting.

Burshtan most recently won a silver medal at the 2016 World Powerlifting Championships on November in Baton Rouge, La., lifting in the Masters Category (4) in the 100kg weight group. Last May, Burshtan won the American Powerlifting Federation National Championships and set state records in the squat, bench press, deadlift, and total at the event.

After graduating from Brown with a double concentration in Economics and Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations, Burshtan went on to get a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago with a Finance Specialization in 1986. In Chicago, Burshtan continued to powerlift and won the Illinois Collegiate Championships in 1986.

Burshtan is a pilot and a retired portfolio manager, having last worked as a Small Cap Growth Portfolio Manager at Neuberger Berman for 13 years. He continues to train and has his sights set on winning the National Championships again in 2017 and hoping to improve on his runner-up finish in the World Championships.


Alumni and fans are encouraged to participate in the Alumni Spotlight nomination process by submitting nominees to athleticcommunication@brown.edu. Nominations should include: notable career achievements, current occupation, location, recent photos, and notable contributions to the community.