Burgan Real Estate is known for making the home buying and selling process better by selling homes faster and for more money than any other real estate brand in the Mahoning Valley. However, the company challenges its Burgan Bunch agents to also make the community better by becoming involved with various organizations or by creating their own opportunities to grow the Mahoning Valley. Each one of Burgan’s agents is involved in some volunteer opportunity throughout the year but two agents have distinguished themselves as more than just top-performing REALTORS® at Burgan. They have become leaders in the community by showing that to make the Mahoning Valley better, you have to be part of the change that is needed.
“While the performance of our agents has broken home sales records throughout the course of 2019, it is the performance of our agents in the community that continues to amaze us and drive us to make our community better,” said Patrick Burgan, co-owner and Broker of Burgan Real Estate. “While all of our agents are involved in our community, Lisa Resnick and Liz Salcedo have performed above and beyond even our expectations.”
Lisa Resnick, a native of Youngstown, saw an opportunity to focus a spotlight on local businesses, specifical microbreweries in the Mahoning Valley, whose contributions to the area are more than just a pint of ale. Her video blog, “Homes and Hops,” shares the significance of local breweries and the positive impact they have on local economies, home values and the importance of smaller communities within cities. Lisa started this over a year ago because of her love for the place that raised her. Her love of the area and supporting local businesses has a myriad of effects on the positive aspects people have for their hometown. Homes and Hops shine a light on ways these breweries and their locations are having a positive impact on the Mahoning Valley and neighborhoods they are helping rebuild. “Your home is more than just your street, it’s the places you go and hang out at, and the more local the better,” said Resnick. “Homes and Hops has helped educate and grow neighborhoods into why supporting local businesses is so important, not just for the economy, but for their own identities and growth.” With more than 50,000 views each month, you can find her video blog on Facebook @homesandhops.
The Purple Cat is a one-of-a-kind day program for adults with special needs. As a whole, this organization offers a vast array of programs & services, ranging from residential care, employment opportunities, and community involvement. With a unique variety of programs & creativity, the Purple Cat encourages individuals to get involved with nature, explore the arts, and discover their talents. Liz Salcedo has become one of the most active individuals with this program.
Last year, Liz revived the group’s Beer & Wine Taste fundraiser event and broke attendance and monetary marks in the process. The event directly benefits Golden String Radio – the1st internet radio station operated by adults with special needs in the country. The event brought local wineries, breweries, and people together for a night of good food, good drinks but all for a great cause. While it was Liz’s love for helping individuals with special needs, she found an appreciation for the dream that the founder, Jimmy Sutman, had pursued in starting the Purple Cat: giving life to those with disabilities, regardless of their background, situation or specific needs. “Working with these individuals has changed my perspective on life entirely. These individuals have an indescribable appreciation for anything given to them, that encourages you to remember what really matters in life- kindness, and the importance of all the little things. We don’t get to choose the hand we are dealt, but we can choose how we help others less fortunate…we are all in this world together,” says Salcedo.