|Pilgrim Properties was founded by Dan Glushefski
and incorporated in November of 2004. Pilgrim Properties is the
3rd Real Estate Company founded by Dan since 1984. Dan was born
and raised in Tonawanda, NY which is a suburb of Buffalo. In 1976
he barely graduating from Kenmore East Highschool and joined the US Coast Guard. After 4 unproductive years
in the USCG Dan traveled throughout the country and settled
briefly in Sacramento, California, where he took one semester of
college and worked in automobile sales. In 1981 he moved back to
Buffalo and worked in the Health Club industry for 2 years. In
1983 with a couple thousand dollars and no experience Dan and a
close friend purchased a bankrupt small tavern in Williamsville,
NY. In 1986 a major change of life occurred, after 9 years of
knowledge and countless opportunities, Dan finally accepted Jesus
as Lord and Savior and became a Christian. He quickly sold his bar
and found himself without a job and at 28 years old, not much
experience and little education for any good paying occupation.
With only some sales experience he turned to Real Estate and was
licensed in 1986. Not seeing a lot of potential for sales in a
market where the average home sold for $60,000, Dan purchased his
first property, a two family home on Buffalo's West Side for
$19,000. It was run down, with bad tenants, required a $2,000 down
payment and about all he could afford. In one year Dan repaired
the property, placed new tenants and sold it for a $10,000 profit.
With the 10K he purchased 3 new properties and formed his first
company WCB Enterprises, admittedly a very weak name. Over the
coarse of the next 5 years Dan purchased about 25 properties, in
which he rehabbed and resold holding about half of them. The year
1990 brought more change, all good. Dan married Maria in September
and in November they attended their first Bible believing
Christian Church. Like most things in life there are varying
degrees of effort in which one can work, participate in something
or set out to accomplish a certain objective. Such was the case
with Danís new found faith in Jesus Christ. Prior to
setting foot in that church Dan was attending Church services once
a week but had never read the bible, understood what he really
believed in and most importantly never put any effort into
building a relationship with God. That quickly changed and
Danís new understanding of a Christian walk would soon form the
foundation for EVERYTHING in his life.
In 1991 Dan committed his business to God and changed the name to
Cornerstone Properties. The name was taken from the scripture
Matthew 21 v 42 The stone (Jesus) that the builders rejected has
become the cornerstone. Over the coarse of the next 8 years Dan
purchased approximately 200 pieces of property in every fashion
imaginable, (no money down, options, owner financing, cash) and
turned them over holding about 40 properties at any given time. In
1999 partners were taken on and Cornerstone was incorporated. Danís
focus and motivation changed
over time and with that a desire to have the freedom to operate a
business completely at his discretion. So in Nov of 2004
Cornerstone Associates Inc. was closed and Dan formed Pilgrim Properties.
Why the new name of Pilgrim Properties?
As a Christian I am just a pilgrim on a journey to be more like
Christ living the life He has given me to glorify Him. I am just
passing through this thing we know as life until I live eternally
in Heaven with Christ.
Why is it necessary for me to involve and constantly
mention my faith in business?
First, I am not a Real Estate Investor who happens to be
Christian, I am a Christian who is a Real Estate Investor. When I
die I will no longer be a Real Estate Investor but I WILL still be
a Christian, which will make all the difference in the world,
at least to me.
Second, I cannot separate Christianity from anything I do.
There are critics who say it is used as a tool to get more
business or to possibly deceive people into trusting me more. Some
critics hate the fact that God should be mentioned at all. Some
who do not understand Christianity believe a Christian cannot be a
capitalist and make profits in business. Some believe your
should be private and the list goes on. My intention is not to
offend anyone or to believe because I am a Christian I am better
or should receive anything special. It is who I am. And I will
clarify further. I am a Christian because of Godís mercy and
grace. Thatís it. I canít and did not earn it, I can not be
born a Christian or just say I am one. My salvation was given
freely to me when Christ died on the cross for my sin and I freely
accepted Him as my savior.
Third, I honestly believe that God is in control of everything.
I believe that only by the grace of God I am not a drunk,
divorced, or even destroyed. I believe that it is God that allows
me to prosper and He alone. Without God in my life I would destroy
my life within two weeks, because it is in my selfish nature. I
cannot speak for anyone else and I am well aware there are many
people who function and even prosper without God. But I cannot and
that is why it is necessary that I need Jesus in my life, thatís
His grace for me.
Lastly, as a bible believing Christian it is not a suggestion but a command to go into all the
world and share the gospel. I take that very seriously. Anyways,
what man upon finding a great treasure would not share it with
everyone if he were free to do so and it would not take away from
what he has been given? So being that God has placed me in a
position to own my own company, another reason why I felt it
necessary to be back on my own, I will use this company as a
platform to share the gospel. In fact, please understand , I am more
than happy to possibly lose business because of my open faith and
willingness to mix business with belief. Have you ever seen a
devout Muslim or Jew compromise their position and faith.
There are countries who boldly proclaim to be a Muslim Nation but
none that are a Christian Nation, because we fear what the outcome
of that declaration may bring, we compromise. I respectfully do
not want to compromise. However as a Christian I will not
discriminate against anyone who does not share my views or
beliefs, I never have and never will let it affect any business
transaction or how I treat someone.
If anything I shared or stated is not clear or causes any
confusion please do not hesitate to call me at 716-400-1921