A native of Syracuse, New York, Roger Burdick began in the automotive business at age fourteen, helping his father Glenn Burdick at his car dealership. He was awarded his first automotive dealership in 1974, a fledgling Mazda dealership in North Syracuse, and has grown his automotive business to include over fifteen additional franchises.
Roger’s dealerships once served the CNY community from locations in Cicero, Liverpool and North Syracuse. In the late 90’s, Roger and his leadership team developed a plan to consolidate the stores into one location to create a better experience for customers. In 2000, he purchased the former Penn Can Mall property in Cicero and created what is now Driver’s Village – over 90 acres of World Class automotive sales & service.
Often recognized for his automotive expertise, Roger has received local and national awards, including the CNY Sales & Marketing Executives Crystal Ball Award in 1997, and twice nominated as TIME Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year. He also founded the enormously successful Syracuse Auto Show Charity Preview, which has raised over $2 million for local charities.
Roger has continued his father’s legacy of active community involvement, serving on countless committees and supporting causes locally and globally. As a member of North Syracuse Baptist Church, Roger has served as a leader in the church, and has led several mission trips to the Dominican Republic and other countries in need.
Roger lives in Brewerton with his wife, Shirley. They have two children and seven grandchildren
Lou Bregou has worked with Roger Burdick for decades, and serves as the Director of Operations for Driver’s Village.
Born in Warwick, RI, his family relocated to CNY and operated a bakery/family restaurant for many years. (Local residents may remember the former Paul’s Pub in Cicero.)
Lou left the restaurant business in 1983 and joined his good friend, Roger Burdick, beginning a successful automotive career at Burdick Mazda on Route 11 in North Syracuse. Over the next several years, Lou advanced through the management structure in the Burdick organization to his current position as Director of Operations. Under Lou’s leadership, the Burdick dealerships have become market leaders in sales and customer satisfaction, eventually consolidating into Driver’s Village in the early 2000’s.
Lou lives in Brewerton, New York with his wife, Linda. They have been married for 46 years. They have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.