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RLI APEX Awards Program

APEX Awards Program

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The prestigious RLI APEX Awards Program, sponsored by The Land Report, is an annual production awards program designed to recognize the excellence and performance of our RLI members, the best in the business. Winners of our annual APEX Awards are recognized at a special awards ceremony at our annual National Land Conference. In 2021, the production minimum was increased to $5 million and a new Agribusiness category was added.

Our 2021 winners received their awards from RLI CEO Aubrie Kobernus, MBA, RCE, as well as The Land Report’s Co-founder Eric O’Keefe on Thursday, March 24, 2022, during RLI’s 2022 National Land Conference in San Antonio, TX, at a dinner that included special guest Jamey Clement, Retired Chairman of the Board of Texas’ King Ranch, the nation’s largest ranch at 825,000 acres.

The APEX Awards celebrated its fifth year by continuing to boom, with 203 applicants (+45% over 2020) totaling a combined $8.4 billion in qualifying production volume (+240%) representing 8,696 sides. All land professionals recognized as part of the RLI APEX Awards Program are active members of RLI and had at least $5M of qualifying production volume in closed land sales in 2021.

For more information on the award winners, be sure to get a copy of The Land Report, one of the industry’s leading magazines for landowners and land professionals, which will include the top winners in the spring 2022 issue. Top awards winners will also receive national recognition in The Land Report magazine, in RLI’s Terra Firma magazine, and in additional promotions throughout the year. All land real estate professionals are invited to join RLI and apply to the prestigious APEX Awards Program next March at NLC23 in Denver. 

Special Recognition for our 2021 Honorees

The Land Report and the REALTORS® Land Institute have partnered together again bring maximum exposure to the APEX Awards Winners to ensure they get the national industry recognition as a top-producing agent that they deserve for receiving one of these esteemed land real estate awards. APEX Award Winners are the cream of the crop when it comes to conducting land transactions and RLI’s partnership with The Land Report will take showcasing their prestige to the next level.

APEX Award Winners for Top Producer, Wrangler, and Brokers of the Year in each category will be featured:

  • as part of a two-page spread in The Land Report’s Spring Magazine;
  • in RLI’s Terra Firma magazine’s Summer 2022 edition;
  • in a national press release;
  • on a full-page spread in The Land Report April Newsletter; and
  • in exclusive social media posts on The Land Report social channels

The Land Report will also provide the Top National Producer Award winner and each of the National Broker of the Year Award winners with:

  • 50 copies of The Land Report’s Spring Magazine; the edition featuring the year’s APEX Awards Winners, and
  • discounts on display ad space in all of The Land Report Magazine’s editions for that year!

Award winners can take advantage of all these promotions to showcase their prestige and expertise to clients, colleagues, and the industry as whole!

APEX 2021 Top Producer Award

The APEX Top National Producer Award is the most coveted and prestigious award recognizing the applicant with the highest qualifying transaction volume.

Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM

Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM

SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler

APEX 2021 Wrangler Award

The APEX Wrangler Award goes to the applicant with the largest number of land real estate transaction sides closed during the year.

Andy Flack, ALC

Andy Flack, ALC

Homeland Properties


 

APEX 2021 National Broker of the Year Winners

RLI is also proud to recognize the accomplishments of the APEX National Broker of The Year recipients in each of the following eight distinct land categories. 

Ag Land Sales Crops

Skye Root, ALC

Root Agricultural Advisory  |  Idaho

Commercial Land Sales

Andy Flack, ALC

Andy Flack, ALC

HomeLand Properties | Texas

Ag Land Sales Ranches

Todd Renfrew, ALC

Todd Renfrew, ALC

California Outdoor Properties, Inc. | California

Residential Land Sales

Dean Saunders, ALC

SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler | Florida

Recreational Land Sales

Gregory Fay

Fay Ranches, Inc.  |   Montana

Auction Land Sales

Steve Bruere

Peoples Company Of Indianola | Iowa

Timber Land Sales

Mark Skillman, ALC

Mark Skillman, ALC

American Forest Management | Oregon

Agribusiness Sales

Robert King

Southeastern Land Group LLC | Alabama

APEX 2021 ALC-to-ALC Transaction Award

In recognition of the tremendous networking opportunities available to RLI Members, especially those that have earned the elite Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Designation, the APEX Awards also features the ALC-to-ALC Transaction Award, with two honorees.

  • 2021 Largest ALC-to-ALC Transaction – William “Billy” Rollins, ALC, and Randy Thibaut, ALC, of LSI Companies in Ft. Myers, FL


APEX 2021 Top Twenty National Producer Award Winners

  • Matt Adams, Peoples Company
  • Steve Bruere, Peoples Company
  • Austin Callison, Hayden Outdoors
  • Adam Crist, Peoples Company
  • Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC, Eshenbaugh Land Company
  • Gregory Fay, Fay Ranches, Inc.
  • Andy Flack, ALC, HomeLand Properties, Inc.
  • Clint Flowers, ALC, National Land Realty
  • Dan Kevorkian, ALC, Pearson Realty
  • Jonathan Kohler, Jon Kohler & Associates

  • T. Sean Lance, ALC, REALM Capital Advisors
  • Troy Louwagie, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc.
  • Rusty Lowe, ALC, Century 21 Harvey Properties
  • Dan Murphy, ALC, M4 Ranch Group
  • Todd Renfrew, ALC, California Outdoor Properties
  • Skye Root, ALC, Root Agricultural Advisory
  • Ryan Sampson, ALC, Eshenbaugh Land Company
  • Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM, SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler
  • Mark Skillman, ALC, American Forest Management
  • Trevor Williams, National Land Realty

APEX 2021 Producers Club

All applicants with at least $5 million of qualifying dollar production volume in closed land sales are recognized as part of the RLI APEX Producers Club.

            Matt Adams, Peoples Company                          Spencer Loveless, Southeastern Land Group
Eric Andrews, ALC, Realty World Carolina Properties Rusty Lowe, ALC, Century 21 Harvey Properties
Chad Andrus, KW Mock Ranches Brent Lyday, ALC, Legacy Land Group
Jessica Armstrong, ALC, Armstrong Properties Steve Martens, Tom Smith Land and Homes
Garret Armstrong, ALC, Whitetail Properties Mac Martin, ALC, United Country Gulfland Real Estate
Drew Ary, ALC, Ary Land Co. Grantson Martin, Whitetail Properties
Christina Asbury, ALC, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Brian Massey, Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Valerie Bahm, ALC, KW Rockwall - Land And Water Team Shawn Massey, ALC, TSCG
Richard Baugh, ALC, Whitetail Properties Real Estate Mike Matre, ALC, Matre Forestry Consulting, Inc.
Daran Becker, Peoples Company Tyler McConnell, ALC, Comey & Shepherd, REALTORS
Chuck Bellatti, RE/MAX of Green County Clay McCullar, ALC, Keller Williams
Will Bellis, ALC, Whitetail Properties Real Estate Chris McCune, ALC, Whitetail Properties Real Estate
Brent Bidner, Hertz Farm Management, Inc. Alan McNeil, Peoples Company
Rick Bourne, Southeastern Land Group Geoff Mead, ALC, Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Sam Bowers, ALC, Bowers and Burns Real Estate Josh Milton, SOUTHEASTERN LAND GROUP
Ryan Bramlette, ALC, Fay Ranches Bill Minor ALC, Whitetail Properties Real Estate, LLC
Jack Brown, ALC, Whitetail Properties Real Estate, LLC Kasey Mock, Mock Ranches - KW
Ray Brownfield, ALC, Land Pro LLC Lisa Moden, ALC, Ebby Halliday REALTORS
Steve Bruere, Peoples Company Mark Mommsen, ALC, Martin, Goodrich & Waddell
Dale Burley, ALC, Whitetail Properties Real Estate, LLC Josh Monk, ALC, Whitetail Properties
Austin Callison, Hayden Outdoors Jeff Moon, ALC, AgWest Land Brokers
Chip Camp, ALC, Whitetail Properties Real Estate, LLC Melanie Moore, Armstrong Properties
Jared Chambers, Peoples Company Doug Moore, Moore Real Estate
Tony Chrisco, Whitetail Properties Kent Morris, ALC, Bickerstaff Parham Land LLC
Bryan Clift, Clift Land Brokers John Morris, ALC, Southeastern Land Group
George Clift, ALC, Clift Land Brokers Stacy Mueller, Hayden Outdoors
Matthew Conser, ALC, Conser Realty and Associates Dan Murphy, ALC, M4Ranch Group
Brady Cowan, Clift Land Brokers Terrell Newton, Land Brokers Real Estate
Seth Craft, M4 Ranch Goup Hayden Nichols, Tutt Land Company
Adam Crist, Peoples Company Grant Olson, ALC, Whitetail Properties
Todd Crosby, ALC, Crosby Land Company Josh Ongley, Whitetail Properties Real Estate, LLC
Bill Davis, ALC, KW Foothills Realty Justin Osborn, ALC, Wells Group
Charles Davis, ALC, Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners Michael Oswalt, Tom Smith Land and Homes
Matt Davis, ALC, Cushman and Wakefield Robert Pahmiyer, ALC, TDR Real Estate Group - Keller Williams Land
Calvin Dickson, ALC, Hertz Farm Management, Inc. Chad Pangle, Whitetail Properties
Jim Digby, Hayden Outdoors Christopher Peacock, ALC, Halderman Real Estate Services
Michael Dreyer, ALC, Dreyer and Associates Janis Penick, ALC, Kuper Sotheby's International Realty
Chase Duesenberg, Peoples Company Hadley Perkins, Clift Land Brokers
Forrest During, National Land Realty Calvin Perryman, ALC, SOUTHEASTERN LAND GROUP
Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC, Eshenbaugh Land Company, LLC Robert E. Pfister II, ALC, Pfister Land Company
Gregory W. Fay, Fay Ranches Clayton Pilgrim, ALC, Century 21 Harvey Properties
Andy Flack, ALC, HomeLand Properties Marvin Puryear, SVN Saunders Dantzler Ralston
Clint Flowers, ALC, National Land Realty Todd Renfrew, ALC, California Outdoor Properties/Outdoor Properties of Nevada
Wendy Forthun, ALC, 1 Stop Realty Ben Richardson, Whitetail Properties Real Estate
Daniel Fowler, Whitetail Properties Real Estate, LLC Deitra Robertson, ALC, Deitra Robertson Real Estate
Rebecca Frantz, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc. Travis Robeson, ALC, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Kyle Gable, ALC, Pioneer Land Group William Rollins, ALC, LSI Companies Inc
Christine George, Deitra Robertson Real Estate, Inc. Skye Root, ALC, Root Agricultural Advisory
Brooke Glaittli, Utah Land Group Ryan Sampson, ALC, Eshenbaugh Land Company, LLC
Matt Glander, Whitetail Properties Reaal Estate, LLC Joe Sangimino, Whitetail Properties Real Estate
Paul Gonwa, ALC, Overby Land Brokers Dean Saunders, ALC, SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler
Jonathan Goode, ALC, Southeastern Land Group Eric Schlutz, ALC, Ruhl Farm & Land
Mark Goodwin, ALC, Goodwin and Associates Ryan Schroeter, ALC, National Land Realty
Jared Groce, Mossy Oak Properties of Texas David Schutt, Whitetail Properties Real Estate
Kyle Hansen, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc. Jake Sickels, Peoples Company
Shawn Hansen, ALC, Hansen Land Brokers Inc. Elliott Siefert, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc.
John Hardin, ALC, Southeastern Land Group Riley Sieren, Peoples Company
Jeffrey Hardy, ALC, Southeastern Land Group Mark Skillman, ALC, American Forest Management
Ben Harshyne, ALC, Whitetail Properties Tom Smith, ALC, Tom Smith Land and Homes
Suzy Haslup, ALC, Meybohm Real Estate Danny Smith, ALC, Smith & Smith Realty
Walter Hatchett, ALC, Jon Kohler & Associates Christopher Smith, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc.
Richard Hauge, ALC, Hertz Farm Management, Inc. Spencer Smith, Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Daniel Hautamaki, Southeastern Land Group Nicholas Smith, Peoples Company
Dax Hayden, Hayden Outdoors Travis Smock, Peoples Company
Brent Hedrick, Hayden Outdoors Sheldon Snyder, ALC, Clift Land Brokers
Jeff Heil, ALC, Whitetail Properties Real Estate, LLC Bob Stalberger, ALC, Whitetail Properties Real Estate
Rachelle Heller, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc. Jeramy Stephens, ALC, National Land Realty
Scott Henrichsen, Hertz Farm Management, Inc. Larry Stewart, Whitetail Properties Real Estate LLC
Todd Henry, Whitetail Properties Real Estate Michael Strahan, ALC, Eshenbaugh Land Company
Kenny Herring, ALC, Peoples Company Tommy Stroud, ALC, National Land Realty
John Herrity, Hayden Outdoors Toby Stutzman, UCRE Stutzman Realty and Auction
Adam Hester, Tom Smith Land and Homes Nancy Surak, ALC, Land Advisors Organization
Scott Hicks, ALC, Whitetail Properties Aaron Sutton, National Land Realty
Darrell Hindman, Living the Dream Inc Kirk Swenson, 1 Stop Realty
David Hitchcock, ALC, SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler Clay Taylor, ALC, SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler
Clifton Holloman, National Land Realty Cade Taylor, ALC, Whitetail Properties Real Estate LLC
Zach Holt, Whitetail Properties Real Estate Raborn Taylor, ALC, George F. Willis Realty
Ryan Hostetler, ALC, AGPROfessionals David Thien, ALC, Thien Farm Management
Dave Hueneke, Iowa Farmland Brokers Craig Thompson, First Mid Ag Services
Geoff Hurdle, ALC, Hurdle Land & Realty Michael Turner, Whitetail Properties
Darrell Hylen, ALC, Hertz Farm Management, Inc. Eric Turpen, Clift Land Brokers
Terri Jensen, ALC, National Land Realty Jimmy Underwood, ALC, Whitetail Properties Real Estate, LLC
Lisa Johnson, ALC, Horsepower Real Estate Matthew Vegter, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc.
Ryan Kay, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc. Jim Vidamour, ALC, Fay Ranches
Shawn Kelley, Whitetail Properties Real Estate Russ Walters, Southeastern Land Group
Jonathan Kennedy, ALC, LandReady Real Estate Carrie Warren, McGraw REALTORS
Dan Kevorkian, ALC, Pearson Realty Brian Watts, ALC, SOUTHEASTERN LAND GROUP
Chad Kies, Hertz Farm Management, Inc. Kirk Weih, ALC, Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Robert King, SOUTHEASTERN LAND GROUP Brent Wellings, Schrader Real Estate and Auction
Joel King, ALC, Peoples Company Andrew Westlake, Peoples Company
Dave Klein, ALC, First Mid Ag Services Justin Wilburn, Fayette Realty
Adam Knewtson, Hertz Farm Management, Inc. George Wiley, Mossy Oak Properties of Texas
John Knipe, ALC, Knipe Land Company Eric, Wilkinson, Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Jonathan Kohler, Jon Kohler & Associates Trevor Williams, National Land Realty LLC
Michael Krause, ALC, Hertz Farm Management, Inc. Chuck Wingert, ALC, Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Zurick Labrier, ALC, Mason and Morse Ranch Company Jim Wirth, ALC, TRI Commercial Real Estate Services
T. Sean Lance, ALC, REALM Capital Advisors Luke Worrell, ALC, Worrell Land Services, LLC
Eric Leisy, ALC, Great Southern Land Brandon, Yaklich, Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Jason Lestina, ALC, Land Pro LLC Doug Yegge, Peoples Company
Stan Lierz, ALC, Hertz Farm Management, Inc. Eric Zellers, Ary Land Co
Eric Lonnevik, Peoples Company Andrew Zellmer, Peoples Company
Troy Louwagie, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc.