by Missi Lightfoot
If you have ever needed housing in Baton Rouge or the surrounding areas, you may have had the pleasure of working with Margaret “Maggie” Burtner of MB Management. This bubbly entrepreneur has withstood the test of time in the brutal market of real estate management thanks to her fairness and efficiency. She stands ready to answer the tough questions.
As I listen to Maggie recount the years of her professional life in leasing, I realize finding homes for people is a passion for her. As she described the look on a family’s face that recently found the perfect place to call home, her eyes lit up. I could feel the passion she has for her job and the intrinsic reward it brings her. Maggie’s fulfillment in her career comes full circle when she is also able to lease the homes of her owners. Maggie’s savvy, yet ethical sense in business earned her a 2005 Better Business Bureau nomination of the year. Her entrepreneurial wheels spin in constant motion. She does not stop with real estate; she has also opened a travel company, MB Travel.
You would never know it, since Louisiana has been home for more than 15 years, but this pint-sized package is originally from New York. She says, “Louisiana has given to me what I’ve always wanted, love of family, love of culture and love of life. Louisiana is home forever.” She visits family in New York as often as she can, but is happy to not be shoveling snow in December! That love of family, culture and life is what keeps Maggie busy and successful.
Stay tuned for the next chapter, as I’m sure this woman’s story does not end here.