About Us

What is neXco National?

NeXco National is a multi-faceted networking organization that provides multiple platforms to help you grow your business. At our core are our referral sharing groups that meet twice a month. Each chapter is set up to provide an ecosystem where you can share and receive qualified client introductions with other chapter members, and also expect to learn from an educational conversation or exercise with the objective of developing you as a leader, entrepreneur and professional.

NeXco National partners with a different co-host every month for a mixer event, offering an opportunity for our members to form new business, non-profit and community relationships. The members of neXco National know the importance of giving back to our communities and hold an annual fundraiser benefiting a local charitable organization.

Our members also enjoy a multitude of other benefits, including:

  • Free entry to monthly happy hours which are always co-hosted with another networking group.
  • Premier and charity events.
  • The ability to visit any of our other groups free of charge an unlimited number of times when the seat is open.
  • Discounts at many other networking organizations.

We look forward to networking with you, and hope to see you at one of our upcoming chapter meetings!


Leadership Team

Michael Burns

Michael Burns is an Insurance Specialist who has been in the insurance and financial services industry since 1999. In 2010 Michael formed Health Wealth Advocates, an independent insurance agency in Reston, VA. Health Wealth Advocates provides insurance benefits for small to mid‐sized companies throughout the Mid‐Atlantic Region as well as a full array of life and health products to individuals and families.

Michael was introduced to networking in 2005 through the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and it has become his great passion and the primary source of building his own business. Michael has run and formed leadshare groups (TIPS Groups) for the Tyson’s Chamber of Commerce as well as monthly happy hours and served as the head of the Member Benefits Committee.

In 2015 Michael helped to form neXco, Network Exchange Community, with the objective to provide a superior networking experience, and multiple platforms to help professionals grow their business.

A native of Northern Virginia, Michael attended George Mason University where he played on the varsity Tennis Team. Outside of work Michael enjoys tennis, cycling, and spending time with his wife and son. Michael is also active in supporting the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Albert Wu

Albert Wu is a financial advisor with Edward Jones who serves individuals, families and business clients throughout the country. His office is in Oakton, VA, where he works alongside his Branch Office Administrator, Shannon Wilson. Prior to joining Edward Jones, Albert worked as a tax accountant at American Express Tax & Business Services, consultant on the capital markets team at Navigant Consulting and as an account manager at Freddie Mac, managing the Bank of America relationship. He graduated with dual bachelors of science degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Illinois, and received his certificate in financial planning from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. He holds the CFP® and AAMS® designations. As an active member of the DMV community, Albert is involved in various charitable organizations, he serves on the board of ServiceSource (www.servicesource.org), a non-profit organization with a mission to provide resources to people in the disability community and their families. And also serves on the board of Atlas Performing Arts Center on H st in DC (www.atlasarts.org), a non-profit with the mission to bring people together through the arts to expand the reach and strengthen the bonds of the local community.