Heidi Burkhart is the President and Founder of Dane Real Estate (“Dane”). Ms. Burkhart formed Dane, the affordable housing real estate brokerage, in 2008 when she was 26. Dane is the only woman-owned and operated brokerage in NYC, and a respected brand nationwide in affordable housing. Today the company has facilitated closings in excess of 20,000 affordable housing units and over $2.5 billion in transactions. Dane has had tremendous success rehabilitating properties nationwide but focuses heavily on the NYC area, such as properties in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey. Most notably Ms. Burkhart brokered one of the first preservation projects in the nation utilizing the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which included the issuance of a new 20-year, Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) contract. Ms. Burkhart has used her business success as a platform for affordable housing and economic development. She has contributed to publications including Real Estate Weekly, The New York Real Estate Journal, The Real Deal, Brick Underground, City and State, City Limits and Chief Executive to champion the need for affordable housing, address the state of the industry and speak to its future. She is also a frequent guest on BronxNet TV and a contributor for The Huffington Post. Throughout her career Ms. Burkhart has won numerous awards for her business, civic and charitable endeavors. Ms. Burkhart was awarded the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year award at The Stevie Awards for Women in Business. She also received The 2016 Golden Bridge Award-Silver Winner Best Entrepreneur/Founder Woman. She received the ISPA Innovator Award 2014 for the “#BlankCancer” program she created to bring a louder voice, their own voice, to the fight against cancer. In 2013 she was selected as one of Affordable Housing Finance’s Rising Star’s. Ms. Burkhart graduated from the University of Toledo with a BS in business.
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