Dan is a lifelong resident of the New Orleans area. He graduated from Rummel High School in 1969, attended the University of New Orleans where he studied journalism, and enlisted at the Belle Chasse Naval Air Base in the Specialty Reserve Program.
Dan credits his father, John Burghardt, a top salesman and manager with various insurance companies, for instilling in him a strong work ethic, relentless persistence, an unwavering commitment to quality, providing superior service, and a “no shortcut” approach to job performance. His experience with his father led him to the conclusion that insurance was in his blood.
His insurance career began at the age of 19 with Metropolitan Life, the youngest salesperson ever hired, where he exceeded all sales expectations and achieved top performance. Dan’s experience as a life agent for seven years led him to a strong desire to assist his clients with all of their insurance needs, so he moved to Prudential Life & Property Casualty where, over the next 10 years, he became a nationally recognized producer.
Driven further by a desire to assist clients regardless of circumstances, in 1983 Dan opened Dan Burghardt Insurance Agency as an independent agency representing multiple companies selling multiple products. Now, over 30 years later, his agency has 6 locations in the New Orleans area, producing over $23 million in business, representing over 100 companies and offering a full suite of coverages including Auto, Home, Flood, Commercial, Life and Health.
Dan has been a long time member of both the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana and the Professional Insurance Agents of Louisiana associations. Through these and other avenues, he has been a constant advocate for positive changes in the insurance industry and continues to consult with fellow agents, association leaders, and government regulators to improve the insurance market for both consumers and independent agents.