Burton graduated from Auburn University and began working as a construction estimator. He joined F. R. Hoar & Son in the 1950s and helped land major projects such as Office Park and Eastwood Mall. His efforts enable Hoar to become a national leader in shopping center construction and Burton assumed the role of president in the 1970s. He later succeeded Richard Hoar as CEO.
Burton and his wife, Andrea Carmichael had five children.
- Azok, Dawn Kent (January 14, 2014) "Bob Burton, construction industry leader and former CEO of Birmingham's Hoar Construction, dies." The Birmingham News