APEX Awards

Nation’s Top-Producing Land Agents Recognized by Realtors® Land Institute APEX Awards Program

March 21, 2018 (Chicago) – The Realtors® Land Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®, is proud to announce the winners of its 2017 APEX Awards Program, sponsored by The Land Report, as the top-producing land agents in the nation. 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 APEX Award Winners were announced by RLI CEO Aubrie Kobernus as well as The Land Report’s Co-founders Eddie Lee Rider Jr. and Eric O’Keefe at a special awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 13, during RLI’s 2018 National Land Conference (NLC18) in Nashville, TN.

RLI recognized a two-way tie between Michael and Dan Murphy with the M4 Ranch Group a division of Team Murphy Realty, LLC in Colorado for the program’s most coveted and prestigious award, the APEX 2017 Top National Producer.

RLI is also proud to recognize the accomplishments of the APEX 2017 National Broker of The Year recipients in each of the following seven distinct land categories:

Ag Land Sales – Crops: Troy Louwagie, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services
Ag Land Sales – Ranches: Dax Hayden, Hayden Outdoors, LLC
Recreational Land Sales: Dan and Michael Murphy, M4 Ranch Group
Timber Land Sales: Clint Flowers, ALC, National Land Realty
Commercial Land Sales: Ryan Sampson, ALC, Eshenbaugh Land Company
Residential Land Sales: Danny Smith, ALC, Smith & Smith Realty
Auction Land Sales: Troy Louwagie, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services

In addition to being named Broker of the Year in two categories, RLI also awarded Troy Louwagie, ALC, of Hertz Real Estate Services in Iowa with the APEX 2017 Wrangler Award for largest number of transactions closed in 2017.

All applicants are members of RLI and have at least four million dollars of qualifying dollar volume in closed land sales in 2017, making them among the top-producing land agents in the country. Each applicant was also recognized as part of the RLI APEX 2017 Producers Club with the twenty highest producing applicants awarded as an APEX 2017 Top Twenty National Producer.

The Top Twenty Producers included:

Rick Bourne, Southeastern Land Group, AL
Ray Brownfield, ALC, Land Pro LLC, IL
Steve Bruere, Peoples Company Of Indianola, IA
Jason DurJava, ALC, Century 21 M&M and Associates Ag and Ranch, CA
Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC, Eshenbaugh Land Company, FL
Clint Flowers, ALC, National Land Realty, AL
Kyle Hansen, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, IA
Dax Hayden, Hayden Outdoors LLC, CO
Ryan Hostetler, ALC, Agprofessionals LLC, CO
John Knipe, ALC, Knipe Land Company, ID
Troy Louwagie, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services, IA
Kasey Mock, KW LAND, Mock Ranches, TX
Dan Murphy, M4 Ranch Group a division of Team Murphy Realty, LLC, CO
Michael Murphy, M4 Ranch Group a division of Team Murphy Realty, LLC, CO
Billy Rollins, ALC, Land Solutions, Inc., FL
Ryan Sampson, ALC, Eshenbaugh Land Company, FL
Dean Saunders, ALC, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate, FL
Danny Smith, ALC, Smith & Smith Realty, FL
Bob Stalberger, ALC, Whitetail Properties Real Estate, LLC, MN
Minor Taylor, ALC, Taylor Land Investments, TX

The 2017 APEX Producers Club included: Matt Adams; Daran Becker; Rick Bourne; Sam Bowers, ALC; Ray Brownfield, ALC; Steve Bruere; Jared Chambers; Brad Chandler; Bill Davis; Mike Downey, ALC; Jason DurJava, ALC; Devin Dye; Brenda England; Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC; Clint Flowers, ALC; Wendy Forthun, ALC; Jonathan Goode, ALC; Kyle Hansen, ALC; Dax Hayden; Kenny Herring; Ryan Hostetler, ALC; Marv Huntrod, ALC; John Knipe, ALC; Stan Lierz, ALC; Troy Louwagie, ALC; Rusty Lowe, ALC; Kasey Mock; Dan Murphy; Michael Murphy; Justin Osborn; Calvin Perryman, ALC; Clayton Pilgrim; Billy Rollins, ALC; Ryan Sampson, ALC; Dean Saunders, ALC; Chris Smith, ALC; Danny Smith, ALC; Travis Smock; Bob Stalberger, ALC; Jeramy Stephens, ALC; Winnie Stortzum, ALC; Tommy Stroud, ALC; Kirk Swenson; Minor Taylor, ALC; Derrick Volchoff, ALC; Kirk Weih, ALC; Jim Wirth; Luke Worrell, ALC; Jason Zeigler; and Andrew Zellmer.

“The APEX 2017 Award Winners are the crème of the crop when it comes to conducting land transactions. RLI is proud to be partnered with The Land Report to give these land agents the national, industry recognition as a top-producer that they deserve,” said RLI’s CEO Aubrie Kobernus, MBA, RCE, about the new program.

The APEX Awards Program celebrated its inaugural year with fifty applicants totaling a combined $1B+ in qualifying transaction volume. 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 winners in their upcoming Spring 2018 issue. All land real estate professionals are invited to join RLI and apply to the prestigious APEX Awards Program next year. Learn more at https://www.rliland.com/national-land-conference/rli-apex-awards-program

 About the Realtors® Land Institute                          

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