Dane Real Estate - Heidi Burkhart

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Company: Dane Real Estate, New York, NY
Entry Submitted By: Andoscia Communications
Company Description: Formed in 2008, Dane specializes in affordable housing brokerage and consulting. Sourcing properties, identifying potential opportunities and facilitating closings with owners and active purchasers to rehabilitate and create new homes in the affordable housing sector. Ms. Heidi R. Burkhart, Founder and President of Dane, is a 14-year veteran of the real estate industry.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services –10 or Less Employees

Nomination Title: Heidi Burkhart, Founder and President

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated entrepreneur since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

Heidi Burkhart is the Founder and President of Dane Real Estate, a prominent New York City affordable housing brokerage and consulting firm. Under Burkhart’s leadership, Dane Real Estate has seen tremendous growth in the past year, marking their most robust year to date, closing over 15 deals nationwide. To date, Dane boasts facilitating over $1.5 billion in transactions and closing over 11,000 affordable housing units.

One of Dane’s biggest accomplishments this year was the announcement of its expansion into the Australian retail properties market in March of 2016. This marks the first foray for Dane into international waters, as well as their first time tackling the retail market.

In addition to her success with Dane Real Estate, Heidi also founded her giving-back initiative this year called Heidi Burkhart - BizLivGiv. Heidi Burkhart - BizLivGiv is an effort to demonstrate that a 360° approach is the key to a fulfilling life and to help others find their own path to a full life. For Heidi, a 360° approach means balancing her business, living and giving endeavors, thus the name Heidi Burkhart - BizLivGiv.

This year has also seen Heidi collaborate with Covenant House and Chelsea Piers in NYC to found a monthly fitness program aimed at homeless and at-risk youth. In New York City alone, the number of at-risk and homeless youth is 60,000. Nationally, a staggering 1.6 million homeless and runaway youth are reported each year. Last year, Covenant House was able to provide shelter and essential services to over 2,000 young people in New York City. Unfortunately, access to fitness does not fall under essential services.

The program focuses on youth ages 18-21 and brings a rotation of Chelsea Piers’ instructors to introduce participants to a variety of fitness regimens and reachable and healthy fitness goals. In addition to fitness instructors, the program also brings in speakers to further instill not only the important of fitness, but also hard work to continue to motivate them both in the gym and out. Heidi has also designed “take-home” workouts for participants so they can continue what they learned on their own.

The program has been an amazing success in NYC and has made a tremendous impact on the youth of Covenant House. Seeing the overwhelming positive results, Covenant House has slated the program for a national expansion in the coming months.

Provide a brief biography of the nominated entrepreneur (up to 125 words):

Heidi Burkhart, 34, Founder and President of Dane Real Estate, an affordable housing brokerage in New York City, is a 14-year veteran of the real estate industry. During her career, Heidi has facilitated over $1.5 billion in transactions and closed over 11,000 affordable housing units.

Heidi is also a dedicated philanthropist and recently launched Heidi Burkhart- BizLivGiv, a 360° initiative which supports her professional, philanthropic and personal endeavors.