Gary Burrus has 27 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industry. His experience spans property level, regional, and national operations. Specifically within the industry Gary has senior level experience in the areas of Customer Service, Resort Operations, multiple Hotel Operations (1,000+ rooms), RV park operations, Golf Course, Shooting Facilities, Entertainment and Recreation facilities, Convention Center, Retail Store Operations, Human Resource Management (benefits administration, compensation, 401(k) Administration, recruiting, employee engagement, training, union negotiations, employee wellness), Risk Management, Compliance, Government Relations, Community Relations, Security Operations, Transportation and Valet Operations, and interim General Management.
Posted On Tuesday, 11 May 2021 00:00 Written by
This past week I pulled up at the FORD Dealership and calmed my nerves. Knowing I was walking in the door in the next minute, I was the equivalent of a wiry wildebeest going for a swim in a lake full of crocodiles.   You know the feeling if you’ve ever been interested in a certain car and had specific questions, entering the sales floor with any intention to buy, you may as well skip down the street with wads of cash and jewelry hanging out of your pockets. Determined to be strong and not taken advantage of, I put my checkbook in my pocket, cracked my knuckles, kinked my neck, and decided to go for a swim with the piranhas. Upon entering a sales man came up to me, “How can I help you today?” Here it goes.  I felt like the kid on “A Christmas Story” about to tell Santa my…
Posted On Wednesday, 12 May 2021 00:00 Written by
“A lot of my work is a matter of reacting to surprises in life.” Alexander Wang What will the jobs report bring us? If the job market is strong, we may see the bond market yield go up, taking pricing on mortgage rates with it.  If you are thinking about refinancing your mortgage to lower your interest rate, lower your payment, shorten your term or pull cash out to accomplish another project, don’t wait too late and get a negative surprise.  As we say on the radio show Real Estate Mortgage Shoppe, “Make your plan. Work your plan. If the deal works for you today, let’s do it today.”  Corelogic HPI reports the highest month-over-month gain we have seen with an 11.3% national rate of appreciation during the month. Corelogic anticipates our 2021 spring housing market will outpace trends we saw in 2019 and 2018.   Millennials make up 54%…
Posted On Monday, 10 May 2021 00:00 Written by
Those of you that have worked with me know I am a stickler for vacation time. I push for a minimum of ten days to two weeks consecutive days unplugged, and a minimum of three other long weekends, three to five days, unplugged from your work. I say this from experience; you either unplug, or become unglued! We all know how stress and drama can appear in our business. So many variables that can come crashing down at any time to sabotage a deal, transaction, or relationship, that going for an extended period of time without disconnecting can ruin more than just your career! The reality is nobody is a machine! Now more than ever, surviving 2020 and all of the challenges that came with it, shows us the value in recharging our own physical and metal batteries! Vacation is more important as we come out of COVID because so…
Posted On Monday, 10 May 2021 00:00 Written by
Trevor Lawrence was the #1 National Football League’s draft pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in last week’s 2021 draft held in Cleveland, Ohio.  He was recently quoted in Sports Illustrated Volume #132 Number 4 as saying: “Like, the sun was setting in Laguna Beach, California and I wanted to enjoy it.” Trev, instead of being drafted by the Jags at No. 1 on the first day of the draft, you could have waited until Saturday and be selected at #260 or thereabouts as the last draft choice known as Mr. Irrelevant and enjoy a whole week in Newport Beach (adjacent to Laguna Beach). You could’ve spent many days in that sun. Mr. Irrelevant?  Who is that and how did that happen? Funny you should ask! It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and I was enjoying the setting sun in Newport Beach, when a knock at my door was a 30-year friend, Paul Salata. “Slats,”…
Posted On Friday, 07 May 2021 00:00 Written by
More often than not, many businesses and organizations I work with view it as difficult or even impossible to foresee problems before they occur in our unpredictable world. In many ways, the circumstances we faced during the coronavirus pandemic were really nothing new. Sure, we may have never experienced this level of uncertainty before but being ahead of the curve by implementing my Anticipatory Organization Model and understanding what we can be certain about using my Hard Trend Methodology is always applicable. Where Do We Even Begin? Many start their business or career looking to change the world or their industry, but they do not know where to start. Having helped organizations with future planning and innovation for several decades, I applied personal experience and extensive research to develop a methodology for separating Hard Trends, which are future certainties that will happen, with Soft Trends, or future possibilities that are open to influence. Hard Trends cannot be changed while Soft Trends can. Understanding this allows…
Posted On Tuesday, 04 May 2021 00:00 Written by
Larry the Cable Guy’s by-line is Get’r Done!  I hope you have a way that works pretty well to get things done. Today we will investigate a process I recently used with a client firm’s sales department in an effort to improve short and long-term results.   But first an observation from Dr. David Schwartz. In his book, The Magic of Thinking Big,  which I highly recommend, he tells the story of an organization’s sales team of 25 sales people who had one exceptional high performer. This man consistently produced more than five times the sales volume of anyone else on the force. The company hired Dr. Schwartz to come in and consult with the company to find our what this salesman was doing, so that they might attempt to emulate his results with more team members.   After an in-depth look at the high producer’s sales strategy, he came up with what…
Posted On Monday, 03 May 2021 00:00 Written by
“After closing, you can paint an ugly house, but you can’t paint over ugly financing.” Jo Garner Real estate is still hot, and mortgage rates are still low.  When a home buyer gets his offer accepted, he had better be able to move –and fast.  As a mortgage loan officer, the best advice I can give anyone getting a mortgage is to get preapproved and compare more than one financing option.    When you sign the last paper at the closing table, you want the contented feeling of satisfaction, knowing that you made the very best decision. Here are some general rules of thumb to consider: 1. If you plan on keeping the mortgage for over five years, strongly consider getting a mortgage with a fixed rate and not a variable interest rate.  You will enjoy the stability of a principal and interest payment with a fixed interest rate that…
Posted On Monday, 03 May 2021 00:00 Written by
Here we go again! The constant whine about how hard it is to be in real estate because of the lack of inventory. How tough it is to deal with multiple bid situations, houses selling well over asking, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah! I might even buy into the challenges if it weren’t for a few things: • 2018 was a record setting year – highest from 2006• The 2019 came along and sold more homes than 2018• Then, despite COVID-19, 2020 surpassed 2019.  Now we are seeing projections from many groups that expect 2021 to outpace 2020, and 2022 to be even stronger. So I ask this again, “Why is everyone so upset that so many people want to buy houses?” You would think people would be happy? I remember when the housing market went bad and there was what seemed like years’ worth of inventory sitting with nobody to…
Posted On Monday, 03 May 2021 00:00 Written by
If you were around in 1964 when Bob Dylan wrote and performed “The Times They Are a-Changin’” you will surely remember how times were changing! The Vietnam War was raging. The US was still adjusting from JFK’s assassination. Free speech pods were springing up on college campuses. As an inner-city high school principal, we were trying to help kids grow, yet understanding their fears and uncertainties. Then along comes Bob Dylan supporting the many changes that were happening. Do we need Dylan now? In sports, many changes happened in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some local schools just finished a shortened football season  (it’s April!). Now as we begin the 2021 Major League Baseball season the suggestion has surfaced that the MLB move the pitcher’s mound! What in the name of Abner Doubleday is going on? The MLB game is “a-changin’.” They recently changed the extra-innings rule to place…
Posted On Sunday, 02 May 2021 00:00 Written by
Steve Jobs of Apple once stated, “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” This mantra has resonated with hundreds of entrepreneurs and business leaders over the past decade since Jobs passed on. What is interesting is how many individuals hear the call to action about changing the world and confuse it with what it means to transform the world. There is actually quite a big difference between change and transformation. If the teams at Apple merely just continued on the path they were on prior to the debut of the iPod, releasing new computers and a few new features and capabilities, Apple would not be the billion-dollar company it is today. Instead, Apple decided to transform an entire industry by placing “one hundred songs in your pocket” with the iPod, using the same mentality that allowed it to transform the world…
Posted On Tuesday, 27 April 2021 00:00 Written by
Some of the most common conversations I have been having with mortgage customers are those concerned with how much value they will get from the home appraisal. These calls come from customers who want to get a cash-out to refinance and remodel the home where they live.  We get calls from customers competing with multiple other offers to buy a home.  They want to know, “How much higher than the asking price should I offer for this home? Do you think it will appraise for that much?” Prices of homes are continuing to rise. The median home price of $329,100 is up this week 17%  year-over-year.  Mortgage rates are lower than they have been in seven weeks. Prices on homes are being pushed up by high demand from aspiring home buyers competing to buy and lock low fixed rates.    The forecast is for home prices to rise and for mortgage…
Posted On Monday, 26 April 2021 00:00 Written by
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