2019 RLI APEX Awards Ceremony

Nation’s Top-Producing Land Agents of 2018 Recognized by Realtors® Land Institute APEX Awards Program

March 20, 2019 (Chicago, Ill) – The Realtors® Land Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®, is proud to announce the winners of its 2018 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 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 5, during RLI’s 2019 National Land Conference (NLC19) in Albuquerque, NM.

RLI recognized Dean Saunders, ALC, with Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate in Florida with the program’s most coveted and prestigious award, the APEX 2018 Top National Producer.

RLI is also proud to recognize the accomplishments of the APEX 2018 National Broker of The Year recipients in each of the following seven distinct land categories:

  • Ag Land Sales – Crops: Ray Brownfield, ALC, Land Pro LLC., Ill.
  • Ag Land Sales – Ranches: Dean Saunders, ALC, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate, Fla.
  • Recreational Land Sales: Kasey Mock, The Mock Ranches Group and Keller Williams Realty, Texas
  • Timberland Sales: Chandlar Graham, Larson & McGowin Properties LLC, Ala.
  • Commercial Land Sales: Eric Frickle, ALC, Eric Conrad Frickle Commercial Realty, Calif.
  • Residential Land Sales: Marty Domres, ALC, Domres Real Estate Inv., Inc., Fla.
  • Auction Land Sales: Steve Bruere, Peoples Company Of Indianola, Iowa

RLI also awarded Geoff Hurdle, ALC, of Hurdle Land & Realty in Tennessee with the APEX 2018 Wrangler Award for largest number of transactions closed in 2018; Geoff had over 181 closed transaction sides in 2018.

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 – Dean Saunders, ALC, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate, Fla; Ben Crosby, ALC, Crosby & Associates, Fla.; and Murray Wise, ALC, Murray Wise Associates, LLC, Ill.
  • Largest ALC-to-ALC Referral – Minor Taylor, ALC, Taylor Land Investments, Texas, to Ray Brownfield, ALC, Land Pro, LLC, Ill., and John Moss, ALC, The Loranda Group, Inc., Ill.

All applicants must be members of RLI and have at least four million dollars of qualifying dollar volume in closed land sales in 2018. Each applicant was also recognized as part of the RLI APEX 2018 Producers Club with the twenty highest producing applicants awarded as an APEX 2018 Top Twenty National Producer.

“The APEX 2018 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 for the second year now 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 second year by doubling in size with 100 applicants totaling a combined $2.3+ billion 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 2019 issue. All land real estate professionals are invited to join RLI and apply to the prestigious APEX Awards Program next year. Learn more at

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