Jan brings a distinct style and personal sensitivity to Engel Burman’s leadership, its real estate portfolio, and various real estate related businesses. His vast experience and unique insight allow him to spot hidden opportunities, niche demands within the marketplace, and keenly anticipate market trends that may otherwise go unseen. This perception has paid off by creating tremendous value for partners and stakeholders in the form of adaptive reuses of underutilized properties, outstanding developments, diverse communities, and vast portfolios.
With an MBA in Finance from Syracuse University, Jan started his career as a CPA. Eventually, he was drawn to real estate and began purchasing foreclosed and corporate-surplus properties, and then transformed them into millions of feet of multi-tenanted buildings. Decades later, he added residential real estate to his repertoire, leading the Engel Burman foray into a portfolio of thousands of diversified residences. Perhaps most notably, Jan significantly raised the bar in the assisted living industry with The Bristal Assisted Living communities, bringing high-quality, care-focused, amenity-filled communities to the market. Today The Bristal remains the preeminent brand in the industry.
Jan is actively involved in both business and philanthropic communities, having held many board positions, contributing his time and resources to causes he is passionate about, and being recognized extensively for his leadership. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of the United Nations Development Corporation, St. Francis Hospital, the Community Development Corporation of Long Island, and the Advisory Board of the Nassau County Police Department Foundation. Jan has been recently recognized as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, and in 2015 was inducted into the Long Island Business News Hall of Fame.