2012 Contributor of The Year
Jonathan is a professional land agent with AlaLandCo, serving the historic Black Belt of west Alabama. He is a member of the national and Alabama chapters of the Realtor’s Land Institute (RLI), and the only real estate agent in Perry County that focuses completely on rural land sales. Visit his website at JonathanGoode.com.
2011 Contributor of The Year
Robert is a Land Agent with AlaLandCo. He’s a native of Clay County, Alabama and has over 10 years experience in marketing and selling property in Alabama and is dedicated to providing the top-notch service to land sellers and land buyers that only a Land Sales Professional can. Visit his website at RobertKing.net.
Brooks Mendell, Ph.D. is President and Founder of Forisk Consulting, a forest industry, timber REIT, bioenergy and timber market research firm. Dr. Mendell has over fifteen years of operating, research, and consulting experience in forest business and finance. Mendell has published over sixty articles and two books on topics related to timber and timberland REITs and markets, forest business management and operations, and communication skills.
Ben joined Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate in December 2011 after working with Coldwell Banker while specializing in land and farm sales since 2004. Ben attended The George Washington University where he obtained degrees in Biology and Environmental Science and is currently working to complete a Master’s degree in resource management. Ben’s services focus primarily on assisting clients to make sound decisions about their land holdings and whether to buy, sell, conserve, hold or develop their land assets. Ben’s real property transactional experience has been focused on farmland and entitled land for any array of land uses. To date, he has closed transactions on over 4000 acres of land in Maryland totaling over $25M in sales since 2004.
A lifelong resident of South Carolina, Rusty is a land broker and founded Huff Creek Properties (land division of NAI Earle Furman) where he follows his passion of assisting clients in the purchase and sale of hunting and timber tracts as well as offering input and facilitating methods to make improvements to these properties. Rusty graduated from the College of Charleston in 2003 with a degree in Corporate Communication and earned a law degree from the Charleston School of Law in 2007 and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Clemson University in 2009. An avid outdoorsman, Rusty continues to hunt, fish, and manage for wildlife on his family’s farm. He is also a board member for the Quality Deer Management Association’s (QDMA) Foothills Branch.
Paul Christian Breden is a practicing North Carolina & Virginia land broker with 40+ years experience. His company, Mountain Land Company, sells only raw mountain land over 50 acres in 10 counties in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Paul has authored scores of magazine articles and hundreds of newspaper columns on buying and selling real estate, including Carolina Dreaming – Finding and Buying Mountain Land! – a practical guidebook for land buyers.
John Evans is a 7th generation Floridian with a deep history in Florida agriculture and real estate. John works for Maury L. Carter & Associates, Inc. in Orlando, Florida. He assist buyers and sellers with their goals and needs as they pertain to farms, ranches, groves, hunting land, development tracts and traditional commercial real estate land. He works throughout the entire State of Florida. John attended the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN and went on to attend and graduate from Ole Miss in 2008 with a Real Estate Finance Degree from The University of Mississippi’s Business School. John was nominated as a top 50 Finalist for the 2012 National Association of Realtors “30 under 30”. He also enjoys volunteer work with The Coalition for Property Rights. John enjoys the outdoors and is an avid hunter and fisherman.
John Ross is an alumnus of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where he earned a B.S. in Forestry. He has been an Alabama Registered Forester since 2007 and has worked in numerous aspects of the Forest Industry since 2002. In 2009, John Ross came to work for J.H. Graham Inc. as a Client Manager and land sales agent serving clients in West Central Alabama. He enjoys using his knowledge, skill, and experience to help his clients maximize their returns while achieving multiple management goals and he believes that personal attention is the key to excellent service.
Andy Gustafson, Certified Exchange Specialist®, is a managing member of Atlas 1031 Exchange, LLC, a nationwide accommodator of Internal Revenue Code Section 1031. He founded the company in 2007, and has since expanded his professional services into Texas and the Midwest. He has spoken to hundreds of investors at Wealth Camps and Real Estate Investment Clubs nationwide and is a sought after speaker on the topic. As an approved continuing educational provider, he has helped hundreds of Realtors, Attorneys, and CPAs understand the application of the 1031 code. To date he has accommodated over 500 exchanges representing $433,000,000 in exchanged value and deferring over $22,000,000 in taxes.
Zack is a Vice President with AgFirst Farm Credit Bank in Columbia, SC. He has been involved in numerous land and agribusiness financing transactions throughout the Southeast U.S., and is now AgFirst’s field representative for Farm Credit associations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. To find the Farm Credit office nearest you, visit farmcreditnetwork.com.
LandThink Founder & Editor
Ryan founded LandThink in 2008 to bring together the various components of the land industry and provide knowledge and information to land professionals and investors to create a stronger land marketplace. He is also the producer of the LandThink Summit, an annual event that brings together land professionals and investors from all over the country. He is also the founder and CEO of LANDFLIP.com. LANDFLIP’s network of sites include FARMFLIP.com, LOTFLIP.com and RANCHFLIP.com.
LandThink Land Industry Outreach Manager
Lisa Gray is National Account Manager at LANDFLIP.com as well as Manager of Land Industry Outreach for LandThink.com. A native of Arkansas, Lisa has been working within the real estate industry since 1999, when she began working for REALTOR.com as a Customer Service Representative. Lisa joined LANDFLIP.com in October 2009, managing LANDFLIP accounts and working directly with advertisers of rural land and auctions to create an effective marketing plan. Lisa enjoys the great outdoors and photography and is a very proud military spouse and mother.
LandThink Communications Manager
Born and raised in South Georgia, Jennifer has an extensive knowledge of the surrounding areas which is a valuable resource for her clients. She obtained her real estate license in 2005 and has worked for two premier land developers, Bluegreen Communities and Redstone Properties. Jennifer has also worked with K. Hovnanian Homes, a national homebuilder, as a new home sales consultant. From 2010-2012, she was affiliated with a real estate brokerage firm in Brunswick, Georgia, and she is currently with Mossy Oak Properties Coastal Land and Real Estate, based in St. Marys, Georgia. Jennifer has participated in a variety of real estate transactions, but she specializes in assisting buyers and sellers analyze and negotiate the sale or purchase of land all over South Georgia. In 2011, she joined the team at LandThink and LANDFLIP as Communications Manager. Jennifer graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2003 with a B.S. degree in Public Relations.
Tate is the Principal Broker of 1031 Land Group. He brings over 8 years of land sales and consulting experience and has sold over $50 million in land investments throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Tate is a highly recognized land investment broker in Georgia and has built strong relationships with land investors from all over the United States.