April 22, 1974 |
Butler, Missouri, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Missouri–Rolla, Clemson University|
|Occupation||banker, owner of "Trolley's Downtown Bar & Grille"|
|Relatives||Justin Buerge (brother), Brandon Buerge (brother), Alden Buerge (father), Steven Buerge (paternal uncle), Robin Buerge (paternal uncle), Paul Buerge (paternal grandfather)|
Born in Butler, Missouri, Buerge is the oldest of three boys, his younger brothers are Justin (works in Joplin bank) and Brandon (works as a consultant for the Family bank in Joplin and Clinton/Springfield). He attended Joplin High School, where he played soccer, ran track and was an All American swimmer. He graduated from the University of Missouri–Rolla in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. Buerge went on to earn an MBA in International Finance from Clemson University, during which time he studied at the Italy campus. In 1998 he taught senior-level college classes in International Business at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.
Currently employed as Senior Vice President of his family's bank in Springfield, Missouri, Buerge is a third-generation banker (his paternal grandfather, his father and two uncles worked as bankers). He opened Trolley's Downtown Bar & Grille, a casual fine dining establishment and sports bar, in 2003 in Springfield, and expanded to Overland Park, Kansas.
An avid sportsman, Buerge obtained his pilot's license at age 21, and also enjoys boating, water skiing, as well as playing the piano. Buerge appeared in episode of the TV series Less than Perfect in the role as Oliver.
As The Bachelor, Buerge proposed to school psychologist Helene Eksterowicz in 2002, but the couple broke up in February 2003. He married commercial insurance agent Angye McIntosh on August 8, 2009. Buerge and McIntosh welomed a daughter, Aven, on October 5 of the same year.