2022 RLI Elections

The REALTORS® Land Institute is proud to announce the below candidate slate for the upcoming election to serve office starting January 2022. In this election, one Vice President (serving one one-year term to ascend to President-Elect) and one At-Large Director (serving one two-year term) will be selected to serve at a national level on the RLI Board of Directors.

Voting will be held electronically from September 1-15, 2021. All RLI eligible voting members (those who are a REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, or Institute Affiliate member of NAR) will receive an emailed notification on September 1, 2021 that voting is open.

202 Candidate Slate | Vice President

Sam Bowers, ALC

Bowers and Burns Real Estate Company | Newnan, GA

Nominated by: Dan Crocker, ALC

About Me

Sam Bowers has been in the real estate business since 1988 and earned his Accredited Land Consultant designation in 2002.  He and his business partner, Buddy Burns, founded Bowers and Burns Real Estate Company in 2003. Located in Newnan GA, Bowers & Burns specializes in farmland, timber land, recreational land, and transitional land as well as horse farms, pastureland, equestrian estates and property for commercial development.

Sam was born into a generation of farmers and cattlemen. He studied agricultural economics at the University of Georgia and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Sam is a member of the Coweta County Cattlemen’s Association and supports his local community by serving the Coweta-Fayette Trust Operation Round-up, Coweta County Farm Bureau as current President, as well as the Coweta County Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Coweta County Impact Fee Advisory Committee.

In 2004, Sam was named “REALTOR of the Year” by the Newnan-Coweta County Board of REALTORS.  He served in 2006 as President of the Newnan-Coweta Board of REALTORS. He is a lifetime Million Dollar Club member, serves on the board of directors of the Newnan-Coweta Board of REALTORS, a member of the Georgia Association of REALTORS and Georgia MLS.

In 2003 Sam was named “Georgia Land REALTOR of the Year” by the Georgia Chapter REALTORS Land Institute. He served as President of the GA Chapter REALTORS Land Institute in 2017, and currently serves as the GA Chapter RLI Treasurer.  Sam has served on the following committees for the RELATORS Land Institute at a national level: Budget and Finance Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, and the National Land Conference Task Force.

A lifetime resident of Newnan, GA and holding a real estate license in multiple states, Sam has a vast knowledge of current market values and strives to secure the best sale or purchase prices for his clients, whom he also assists in such areas as finance, leasing and land management.

My Vision For RLI

It has often been shown that those who apply knowledge in the real world while simultaneously being committed to increase their skills and expertise in a given field through education, are able to excel when compared to those who only participate in their profession at a basic level. For this reason, REALTORS Land Institute has excelled in developing real estate courses that can provide quality, in-depth knowledge specific to land.

The REALTORS Land Institute has afforded those who are committed to increasing their skills and expertise in the land brokerage profession, with an opportunity to stay on top of an ever changing and developing real estate market – from changes in legislation and regulations, through economic cycles, and to marketing mediums and platforms that best serve our members and in turn, our clients.

The ALC Designation carries with it more than excellent education, it is a time-honored emblem of prestige, dedication, and integrity.  It provides the land professional with a network of wisdom in the fellowship of fellow ALC designees.

From its foundation, RLI has been the strongest “Voice of Land” in our profession.  Since my becoming a member in 2002 and acquiring my ALC designation in 2003, I have seen the ups and downs of our organization.  But with new challenges, we have always rose to the occasion and never more so than we have today, with our renewed and new ALC courses and webinars, to the strongest support staff and leaders I have seen in my time as an RLI member.  We have forged through trying times with a renewed strength to better educate and better serve our member base.  It is with that same spirit, I am honored to be nominated as the REALTORS Land Institute 2022 Vice-President, and if elected, serve with my fellow RLI Leaders in strengthening our land profession through education, resources, and networking alongside of the best in the land business.

Sam L. Bowers, ALC

Bowers & Burns Real Estate Company