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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 2020, the program celebrated its third year with a record 105 applicants totaling a combined $2.65 billion+ in qualifying transaction volume. 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!

2020 APEX Award Winners

The Realtors® Land Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, is proud to announce the winners of its 2020 APEX Awards Program, sponsored by The Land Report. The APEX Awards Program is designed to recognize the excellence and performance of the best in the business by distinguishing agents with these prestigious production-based awards. All winners were announced by RLI CEO Aubrie Kobernus, MBA, RCE, as well as The Land Report’s publisher Eric O’Keefe on Wednesday, March 17, during RLI’s 2021 Virtual National Land Conference.

The APEX Awards Program celebrated its fourth year by tripling in size since its inception, with 140 applicants totaling a combined $3.5 billion in qualifying transaction volume. All land professionals recognized as part of the RLI APEX Awards Program are active members of RLI. For more information on the award winners, make sure to get a copy of The Land Report, one of the industry’s leading magazines for landowners and land professionals, which will be publicizing the top winners in their upcoming spring 2021 issue. All land real estate professionals are invited to join RLI and apply to the prestigious APEX Awards Program next year.

APEX 2020 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 2020 Wrangler Award

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

Geoff Hurdle, ALC

Hurdle Land & Realty


 

APEX 2020 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

Skye Root, ALC

Root Agricultural Advisory | Idaho

Commercial Land Sales

Matt Davis, ALC

Cushman & Wakefield | California

Ag Land Sales Ranches

Todd Renfrew, ALC

California Outdoor Properties, Inc. | California

Residential Land Sales

Ryan Sampson, ALC, CCIM

Eshenbaugh Land Company | Florida

Recreational Land Sales

Todd Crosby, ALC

Crosby Land Company | South Carolina

Auction Land Sales

Steve Bruere

Steve Bruere

Peoples Company Of Indianola | Iowa

Timber Land Sales

Clint Flowers, ALC

National Land Realty | Alabama

Agribusiness Sales

Randall Upchurch

Southeastern Land Group LLC | Alabama

APEX 2020 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.

  • Largest ALC-to-ALC Transaction – Michael Strahan, ALC of Eshenbaugh Land Company in Florida & Dean Saunders, ALC of SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler


APEX 2020 Top Twenty National Producer Award Winners

  • Matt Adams, Peoples Company
  • Austin Ainsworth, Southeastern Land Group LLC
  • Steve Bruere, Peoples Company
  • Todd Crosby, ALC, Crosby Land Company, Inc.
  • Matt Davis, ALC, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Andy Flack, ALC, HomeLand Properties, Inc.
  • Clint Flowers, ALC, National Land Realty
  • Shawn Hansen, ALC, Hansen Land Brokers, Inc.
  • Walter Hatchett, ALC, Jon Kohler & Associates LLC
  • DW Hindman, Living the Dream Outdoor Properties

  • Ryan Hostetler, ALC, AGPROfessionals
  • Dan Kevorkian, ALC, Pearson Realty
  • Troy Louwagie, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc.
  • Dan Murphy, ALC, M4 Ranch Group
  • William Rollins, ALC, LSI Companies Inc.
  • Skye Root, ALC, Root Agricultural Advisory
  • Ryan Sampson, ALC, Eshenbaugh Land Company
  • Dean Saunders, ALC, SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate
  • Nancy Surak, ALC, Land Advisors Organization
  • Andrew Zellmer, Peoples Company

APEX 2020 Producers Club

All applicants with at least $4 million of qualifying dollar production volume in closed land sales are recognized as part of the RLI APEX Producers Club.

Aaron Ablondi, Whitetail Properties Zurick Labrier, ALC, Mason and Morse Ranch Company
Matt Adams, Peoples Company Eric Leisy, ALC, Great Southern Land
Austin Ainsworth, Southeastern Land Group LLC Jason Lestina, ALC, Land Pro LLC
Eric Andrews, ALC, Realty World Carolina Properties Eric Lonnevik, Peoples Company
Chad Andrus, Mock Ranches Houston Troy Louwagie, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc.
Jessica Armstrong, ALC, Armstrong Properties Rusty Lowe, ALC, Century 21 Harvey Properties
Drew Ary, ALC, Ary Land Co. Austin Maas, Ruhl & Ruhl REALTORS
Valerie Bahm, ALC, KW Cedar Creek Lake Properties Brian Massey, Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Zeke Barrett, Whitetail Properties Tyler McConnell, ALC, Comey & Shepherd REALTORS - Southern Ohio Properties
Daran Becker, Peoples Company Geoff Mead, Wingert Realty & Land Services
Joey Bellington, Whitetail Properties Mark Mommsen, ALC, Martin, Goodrich & Waddell, Inc.
Will Bellis, Whitetail Properties Jeff Moon, ALC, AgWest Land Brokers
Brent Bidner, ALC, Hertz Farm Management, Inc. Melanie Moore, Armstrong Properties
Joe Blackburn, ALC, Tutt Land Company John Morris, ALC, Southeastern Land Group LLC
Chris Bowers, Eshenbaugh Land Company Dan Murphy, ALC, M4 Ranch Group
Sam Bowers, ALC, Bowers and Burns Real Estate Company Beth Myers, ALC, Rafter Cross Realty, LLC
Ray Brownfield, ALC, Land Pro LLC Justin Olk, Whitetail Properties
Steve Bruere, Peoples Company Justin Osborn, ALC, The Wells Group Real Estate
Dale Burley, ALC, Whitetail Properties Michael Oswalt, Tom Smith Land and Home
Chip Camp, ALC, Whitetail Properties Robert Pahmiyer, Keller Williams Land
Jared Chambers, Peoples Company Christopher C. Peacock, ALC, Halderman Real Estate Service, Inc.
George Clift, ALC, Clift Land Brokers Janis Penick, RE/MAX Bstrop Area
Bryan Clift, Clift Land Brokers Hadley Perkins, Clift Land Brokers
Dorie Colbert Veal, Century 21 Smith, Brach, and Pope LLC James Peterson, ALC, RE/MAX Roundup
Brady Cowan, Clift Land Brokers Clayton Pilgrim, ALC, Century 21 Harvey Properties
Todd Crosby, ALC, Crosby Land Company, Inc. Todd Renfrew, ALC, California Outdoor Properties, Inc.
Dalton Dalrymple, Tutt Land Company Travis Robeson, ALC, Fridrich & Clark Realty LLC
Matt Davis, ALC, Cushman & Wakefield William Rollins, ALC, LSI Companies Inc.
Bill Davis, ALC, Keller Williams Foothills Realty Skye Root, ALC, Root Agricultural Advisory
Cal Dickson, ALC, Hertz Farm Management, Inc. Ryan Sampson, ALC, Eshenbaugh Land Company
Michael Dreyer, ALC, Dreyer & Associates Real Estate Group Dean Saunders, ALC, SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate
Forrest During, National Land Realty Eric Schlutz, ALC, Ruhl Farm and Land
Jason Durjava, ALC , Ag Land Consultants Ryan Schroeter, ALC, National Land Realty
Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC, Eshenbaugh Land Company Jake Sickels, Peoples Company
Andy Flack, ALC, HomeLand Properties, Inc. Elliott Siefert, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc.
Clint Flowers, ALC, National Land Realty Tom Smith, ALC, Tom Smith Land and Home
Wendy Forthun, ALC, 1 Stop Realty Inc. Chris Smith, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc.
Matt Glander, Whitetail Properties Danny Smith, ALC, Smith & Smith Realty, Inc.
Justin Glass, Whitetail Properties Spencer Smith, Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Greg Good, ALC, Clift Land Brokers Travis Smock, Peoples Company
Jonathan Goode, ALC, Southeastern Land Group LLC Sheldon Snyder, ALC, Clift Land Brokers
Billy Greenwood, RE/MAX Champion Land Brokers Bob Stalberger, ALC, Whitetail Properties
Shawn Hansen, ALC, Hansen Land Brokers, Inc. Jeramy Stephens, ALC, National Land Realty
Kyle Hansen, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc. Winnie Stortzum, ALC, Farmers National Company
John Hardin, ALC, Southeastern Land Group LLC Michael Strahan, ALC, Eshenbaugh Land Company
Jeff Hardy, ALC, Southeastern Land Group LLC Nancy Surak, ALC, Land Advisors Organization
Ben Harshyne, ALC, Whitetail Properties Kirk Swenson, ALC, 1 Stop Realty Inc.
Suzy Haslup, ALC, Meybohm Real Estate Craig Thompson, First Mid Ag Services
Walter Hatchett, ALC, Jon Kohler & Associates LLC Kevin Tolbert, Keller Williams Advantage Realty
Dax Hayden, Hayden Outdoors Bob Turner, ALC, Southern Properties Real Estate
Elizabeth Heaton, Hertz Farm Management, Inc. Eric Turpen, Clift Land Brokers
Jeff Heil, ALC, Whitetail Properties Randall Upchurch, Southeastern Land Group LLC
Rachelle Heller, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc. Matt Vegter, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc.
Scott Henrichsen, Hertz Farm Management, Inc. Jim Vidamour, ALC, Fay Ranches, Inc.
Kenny Herring, ALC, Peoples Company John Wall, Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Adam Hester, Tom Smith Land and Home Russ Walters, ALC, Southeastern Land Group LLC
Scott Hicks, ALC, Whitetail Properties Trina Ward, RE/MAX Champion Land Brokers
DW Hindman, Living the Dream Outdoor Properties Ricky Ward, ALC, RE/MAX Champion Land Brokers
Ryan Hostetler, ALC, AGPROfessionals Pamela Ward, Coldwell Banker the Ron Brown Company
Geoff Hurdle, ALC, Hurdle Land & Realty Rob Warmbir, ALC, Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Darrell Hylen, ALC, Wingert Realty & Land Services Brian Watts, ALC, Southeastern Land Group LLC
Lisa Johnson, ALC, Horsepower Real Estate Kirk Weih, ALC, Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Ryan Kay, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc. Eric Wilkinson, Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Jonathan Kennedy, Pearson Smith Realty Chuck Wingert, ALC, Wingert Realty & Land Services
Dan Kevorkian, ALC, Pearson Realty Jim Wirth, ALC, TRI Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc.
Chad Kies, Hertz Real Estate Services, Inc. Tucker Wood, Farmers National Company
Robert King, Southeastern Land Group LLC Luke Worrell, ALC, Worrell Land Services, LLC
Dave Klein, ALC, First Mid Ag Services Douglas Yegge, Peoples Company
John Knipe, ALC, Knipe Land Company Eric Zellers, Ary Land Co.
Jack Koehler, ALC, Eshenbaugh Land Company Andrew Zellmer, Peoples Company