Stephen Burpee was born in Everett, Washington on May 16, 1946 where he graduated from Everett High School in 1964. Following graduation, Steve worked in retail for several years and in 1967 was drafted into the US Army where he spent a year stateside followed by a year in Korea serving as a security clerk and Battalion photographer.
Upon his Honorable Discharge from the Army, Steve enrolled in Everett Community College for several quarters and then returned to retail where he was a manager of the automotive and garden center departments for a discount store.
Shortly thereafter, Steve married and had two lovely daughters. While raising his family and working, Steve attended Highline Community College where he received an AA Degree and then transferred to the University of Washington with a major in Political Science where he studied under Dr. Hugh Bone, a renowned professor of local, state and national government. Steve was selected as the campaign manager for Dr. Jesse Chiang, a Professor at Seattle Pacific College, who was running for the U. S. House of Representatives. Dr. Chiang lost to Joel Pritchard who went on to serve as a US Representative for many years. During his time at the U of W, Steve studied Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing and eventually designed a program of study in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies for a Degree in Marketing Education. Also while in school, Steve worked and studied under Carl Stanhope, a 50+ year veteran of advertising and public relations, whom he met as an advisor to Dr. Chiang’s political campaign.
In 1976, Steve started his own business selling trophies, awards and eventually athletic equipment/clothing and silk screening. The business continues to operate successfully today. After selling his interest in the business, Steve was a sales representative for sporting goods clothing and equipment. He eventually started another company which sold and manufactured awards, advertising specialties and