Interview with Shane Burgman – VA Real Estate Specialist
Like many other top Realtors, Shane Burgman is a busy man.
As a sales partner with the region’s top real estate team, his calendar is jam-packed including preparing for his upcoming Veteran’s Administration seminar, “Midrats & Mingle“. Dewayne Carpenter caught up with Shane Burgman and asked him a few questions.
Q. Prior to real estate you were in the Navy, can you tell us about that?
I grew up in Tucson, Arizona. I rode my BMX bike a lot, spent long weekends in Mexico, partied in the desert, and even entered the world of graffiti (the illegal kind). Even though I didn’t surround myself with the most ethical characters, I felt a strong sense of community with these people. However, after High School, it seemed like all my friends had plans and I was the only one that didn’t. I felt I was being abandoned, so I started to scramble for the next chapter in my life. I hastily made the choice to enroll in a local community college.
After my first semester, I quickly realized I made a mistake. I couldn’t focus on class, my attendance was horrible, and overall my priorities were all wrong. I ended up dropping out before the start of the second semester and back to the drawing board I went.
I started thinking a lot about my friends, family, and experiences. 9/11 happened my Freshman year and this changed a lot of my friend’s perspectives on the world. Throughout High School, my good friend Brian was really into the military and he knew this was the direction he was going to take. I always envied that and thought how great it must be to know what you want to do. As soon as he turned 18, he joined the Navy.
Whenever Brian and I hung out he would talk about the military and how he was going to make a difference. Every time we were together he would try to get me to speak with his recruiter and consider joining the Navy. I continuously told him there is no way I would ever join. Joining the military never crossed my mind, in fact, I used to ridicule those that were involved in ROTC and similar programs.
After hitting rock bottom here I was, a college dropout still living with my parents and didn’t have a nickel to my name. This was my “Ah-ha” moment and I realized that I needed to get my act together. I thought long and hard about life and what I actually wanted out of it. I phoned Brian and asked him to take me to his recruiter.
Q. What did you do in the Navy?
A. When I made the decision to enlist, I chose to join as a Submarine Missile Technician (MT). After extensive training, my job was to maintain the submarine’s ballistic missiles and their associated launching systems. I would test and repair ballistic guidance systems, operate, maintain and adjust optical measuring equipment, test, align and adjust missiles and components, and repair missiles and related components. After 5 years on the USS TENNESSEE SSBN 734, I was selected as 1 of the 16 active duty members in 2011 to work with Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU) locally in Cape Canaveral. NOTU was my last duty station before separating and pursuing real estate.
Q. So why Real Estate?
A. When I bought my house in 2014 I realized how complicated the process was and I became very intrigued by all the moving parts. At this point in my career, I already knew I was separating from the military and did not want to make a career out of the Navy, so I was already on the job search. The only thing I knew for certain was that I wanted to stay in Brevard.
My job in the Navy required me to think outside of the box, be extremely organized, and forced me to be very familiar with our systems. I figured I could apply these habits to RE and offer a great service to my customers. From that point on I became very interested in the whole real estate process. I started researching the market, mortgages, renovations, legalities and ultimately how I could apply my military experience to real estate.
Q. What separates you from the pack?
A. For, starters I’m a full-time agent, so I’m dedicated and committed to the time that is needed to ensure my clients are getting ultimate representation. I also have an edge on other agents out there because of my military background. The military trained me and honed my attention to detail, perfected my organizational skills, refined my self-discipline, and taught me how to properly react during a time of distress.
It’s funny how applicable the skills I learned in the military are in real estate. I recently had an attorney from Georgia seek me out to represent her client that lives in Melbourne. During my initial screening process, I asked her why she chose me. She said, “we chose you from our in-depth research for local realtors based upon experience; results; and your military background in complying with federal rules (“t’s” and “i’s”) that may not make sense to a layman.” I thought that was pretty awesome.
Q. Any last words?
A. Not having a sense of direction is a terrible feeling. It’s even worse when it seems like everyone around you knows what they want in life and you’re the only one that doesn’t. Having a purpose in life is what drives humans and prior to the military, I didn’t have that. The military helped me discover my purpose, which is to continue fighting for those that need my help. Whether it’s cutting my neighbor’s grass because her husband is in the hospital, conducting mock interviews with local High School students to help prepare them for the real thing, or representing someone with the purchase/sale of their home, I want people to know they can count on me and I have their back no matter what.
Shortly after separating from the Navy I discovered the need for a group to interact with more veterans, provide opportunities to give back to our community, and help build the comradery that the military is so well known for. As a result, I created “Veterans Contribution Program (VCP)”, an organization designed to keep Brevard’s Veterans informed and engaged in our community.
My first seminar is May 18th at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center and it’s 100% free and open to the public. This is an opportunity to learn more about your benefits, clear up any misconceptions, ask questions, grab a bite, make new friends, and enjoy the fantastic museum. If interested, please feel free to RSVP here.
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