President, Association for a Better Long Island
Within a business landscape filled with self-made entrepreneurs, Jan Burman, President of Engel Burman, remains exceptional.
If one were merely judging Jan’s accomplishments based on the strategic positioning of his company, his visionary understanding of a changing real estate environment and the creation of a national standard of excellence in senior assisted living, one would quickly celebrate his nomination. However, Jan’s “up by his bootstraps” background and personal integrity have been woven into every business deal that has marked his career.
Traditionally, real estate development is a contact sport, where opposing sides vilify each other’s motives and objectives. Jan has gone in a profoundly different direction. Through the decades, he has forged a reputation for honest dialogue, genuine compromise and mutual respect as he navigates review and approval processes that would confound the patience of Job.
Nationally, he may be best known for his role in creating the Bristal Assisted Living Communities. Their genesis was Jan’s intuitive understanding that the demographics of New York’s tri-state area were shifting and that seniors with significant wealth wanted to leave their homes but not the region. His “gut” allowed him to break ground on the Bristal chain years before his competitors recognized a need, ensuring his dominance in a residential market he refuses to relinquish.
His peers have honored his leadership by presenting him with the Developer of the Year Award from the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island and election to multiple terms as President of the Association for a Better Long Island, a business advocacy group which represents over $20 billion of industrial, commercial, retail and residential properties in the Long Island metropolitan area.
In 2013, he was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the board of The United Nations Development Corporation, a New York State public benefit corporation that assists the United Nations community with various real estate needs in Manhattan. Mr. Burman is also a member of the board of the Community Development Corporation of L.I. and serves on the Board of the Nassau County Police Foundation and IS a recipient of the “Honoring Heroes” award from the Museum of American Armor.