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 – with these prestigious land real estate production awards. 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.

All RLI Members are encouraged to apply for the awards program. Applications for the 2021 APEX Awards will open in late 2021.

2020 APEX Awards Ceremony: Recognizing the Best in Business

RLI APEX Award Winners on Time Square Billboard

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 a PRNewswire national press release with Times Square photo, shot of the magazine cover, and RLI APEX Awards Winners in a picture caption;
  • on a full-page spread in The Land Report April Newsletter reaching 70,000 subscribers; and
  • in exclusive social media posts on The Land Report social channels, each post reaching up to 50,000+ followers

The Land Report will also provide the Top National Broker 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 2020 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 National Producer Award Winner

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

Dean Saunders, ALC

Dean Saunders, ALC

SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler

Top National Producer

APEX 2020 Wrangler Award

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

Geoff Hurdle, ALC

Geoff Hurdle, ALC

Hurdle Land & Realty

Wrangler Award

APEX 2020 National Broker of the Year Winners (by category)

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

Skye Root, ALC

Skye Root, ALC

Root Agricultural Advisory | Idaho

Ag Land Sales – Crops

Todd Renfrew, ALC

Todd Renfrew, ALC

California Outdoor Properties, Inc. | California

Ag Land Sales – Ranches

Todd Crosby, ALC

Todd Crosby, ALC

Crosby Land Company, Inc. | South Carolina

Recreational Land Sales

Clint Flowers, ALC

Clint Flowers, ALC

National Land Realty | Alabama

Timberland Sales

Matt Davis, ALC

Matt Davis, ALC

Cushman & Wakefield | California

Commercial Land Sales

Ryan Sampson, ALC

Ryan Sampson, ALC

Eshenbaugh Land Company | Florida

Residential Land Sales

Steve Bruere

Steve Bruere

Peoples Company Of Indianola | Iowa

Auction Land Sales

Randall Upchurch

Randall Upchurch

Southeastern Land Group LLC | Alabama

Agribusiness

APEX 2020 ALC-to-ALC Networking 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 two ALC-to-ALC Networking Awards:

  • 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 four million dollars of qualifying dollar volume in closed land sales are recognized as part of the RLI APEX Producers Club.

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