Matt Adams, REALTOR®email@example.com
Matt Adams has been a land broker with Peoples Company since 2009 He has been focused on land brokerage, land auctions, and acquiring land management accounts. Matt grew up near Carroll, IA and attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he obtained majors in Finance and Real Estate. While in college, Matt walked on the UNI football team for two years before becoming actively involved with the Center for Real Estate Education, where he served as the President for Rho Epsilon; the program’s real estate club. Matt is a member of the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors, Realtors Land Institute, Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association, Carroll Young Professionals, and the Professional Developers of Iowa. Extracurricular responsibilities include serving on the Bondurant Economic Development Board, as the Executive Director of the Realtors Land Institute, active with the Granger Economic Development Board, and the originator of the Future Scholars Program through the Kuemper Catholic High School Foundation. Matt is well versed in handling transactions including all types of land, whether it is farmland, transitional farmland, recreational property, or acreages. Matt is currently licensed to sell real estate in the State of Iowa and primarily focuses on the areas of central, west central, and southwest Iowa.
Merrill Ahrens, AGENTmerrill@peoplescompany.com
Merrill Ahrens has held a Real Estate License for over 20 years and was an Agricultural Lender at Green Belt Bank & Trust in Iowa Falls for nearly 20 years.
In addition to banking and holding a Real Estate License, Merrill has farmed 500+ acres. He recently worked part-time at Green Belt Bank & Trust and at the same time grew his bank loan portfolio. Jeffrey T. Obrecht, The Dirt Dealer, was one of his customers.
Merrill has joined Jeff at the Peoples Company office in Iowa Falls in selling Agricultural Real Estate. Jeff has done a great job with his clients and Merrill plans to work along side of him. He understands customers and the importance of meeting customers needs.
Merrill graduated from Osage High School and Iowa State University in Ames with a degree in Agricultural Business. Merrills wife, Linda, is from the Hampton area, and they have two children, both nursing graduates living in Rochester, Minnesota.
Mollie Aronowitz, Land Managermollie@peoplescompany.com
Before joining Peoples Company, Mollie managed ornamental gardens open for public use. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in Horticulture and has worked at public gardens in downtown Chicago and Omaha as well as in northeast Iowa. While her work in ornamental plants may vary from traditional row crop farms, Mollie’s background in plant pathology and entomology has served her well in field scouting and working with farm operators. Mollie has also inherited a strong connection to Iowa’s land after a childhood of following her dad and grandpa around the family farm. She looks forward to using her appreciation for land stewardship and family farm heritage to best serve our clients.
Please contact Mollie to learn more about the services provided by Peoples Company land management.
Jay Bargman, REALTOR®firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay is a native of Rodman, IA where he grew up and now resides on the family Century farm. Jay enrolled in Iowa State’s Farm Operations program after high school and then came back to the area to farm and drive truck for Pioneer Hy-Bred. In 2007, he made the decision to stop trucking and obtained his real estate license and went to auctioneering school. He was part-owner of North Iowa Realty in West Bend until selling to Peoples Company in the Fall of 2013. Jay is a member of West Bend Chamber of Commerce, West Bend Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and a Township Trustee. Jay is currently licensed to sell real estate in Iowa and works with personal, commercial and land sales.
Ron Beach, REALTOR®email@example.com
Ron is the Director of the Peoples Company Separate Account Land Management program. Through the Separate Account Program Ron assists investors in sourcing and managing farmland investment opportunities and assists farmers in sourcing investors to purchase land they can lease.
Ron is a native of Sac City, IA where he grew up on his family farm. He attended Iowa State University where he obtained a degree in Agricultural Business. Ron now lives in Harlan, IA where he has built a business providing consulting and management services to a diverse spectrum of agricultural producers and businesses. He gained his professional knowledge, skills and experiences through a multi-faceted career in finance, management and leadership spanning corporate positions to start-up ventures to consulting roles. All of these experiences have been in agriculture, including nearly 20 years with Farm Credit Services of America. In 2002 Ron began his consulting career where he has advised and assisted in management of crop and livestock producers, including international operations, ranging from small family farms to some of the largest operations in the US. He states, “If it involves your banker, accountant, insurance agent or lawyer then it’s an issue I can help with.”
“Becoming associated with Peoples Company and bringing their services to my clients and professional network is a perfect fit from both a product and culture stand-point.”
- Iowa State University – Ames, IA – Bachelors Degree Agricultural Business
- Pacific Coast Banking School – University of Washington, Seattle, WA – Graduate
- Executive Education – Agribusiness Seminars - Harvard Business School – Boston, MA
Daran Becker, REALTOR®firstname.lastname@example.org
Daran is a native of Warren County, Iowa and has a diverse business and agricultural background. Growing up on the family farm in southern Warren County, he spent most of his summers fixing and selling Vermeer agriculture equipment. He attended Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa and majored in both Business Administration and Economics. Daran spent the first 18 years of his career in banking as a commercial and agricultural lender for both community banks and the Farm Credit System. He joined Peoples Company for the opportunity to become an integral part of a company with dynamic leadership and a focus on being the premier land brokerage in Iowa.
Daran lives near Indianola, Iowa with his wife Stephanie and their three children Sierra, Devin, and Selia. He currently owns and operates a small cash grain and cattle operation. He is a member of the Warren County Cattlemans Association, Milan Lodge 409, and First United Methodist Church. He is an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He also belongs to the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors, the Iowa Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors and is a licensed crop insurance agent.
His extensive contacts in the agricultural and banking industry are a great resource when listing your property for sale or building your wealth through the purchase of real estate. Daran works with all types of real estate including farmland, acreages, commercial and recreational land.
Steve Bruere, PRESIDENTsteve@peoplescompany.com
Steve Bruere is the president of Peoples Company, a leading Iowa-based land brokerage with a diversified offering of land management, land appraisal and land investing services in eight Midwest states. He leads a 60-person team of brokers, managers and appraisers serving Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Montana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois and Mississippi, and representing owners of some of the most fertile and valuable farm ground in the world.
In addition to his role of running Peoples Company, Steve uses his network to facilitate investment grade opportunities, placing investor clients in front of high-caliber deals. As the top executive, Steve has steered a more than 30-year-old real estate company into one of the Midwest’s fastest-growing land brokerage and land management firms.
With a focus on delivering results for individuals and institutional investors, Steve has successfully closed hundreds of land transactions on behalf of his clients, which have included athletes and celebrities among a myriad of high-level connection points with farm operators, lenders, real estate attorneys, CPAs and high-net worth individuals.
Steve grew up actively involved on his family’s corn-and-soybean farm in Central Iowa. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Northern Iowa before joining Peoples Company in 2003. He currently stays active with key economic development boards, including serving on the Strategic Advisory Board for the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and the UNI Real Estate Program, and is a past president of the Iowa Chapter of the Realtors Land Institute.
In 2008, Steve spearheaded the launch of Peoples Company’s annual Land Investment Expo – a premier conference bringing together major players in the land business and featuring high-profile speakers such as Jim Rogers, T. Boone Pickens and Donald Trump.
Steve was honored by his alma matter in 2014 as the recipient of a UNI Heritage Honours Young Alumni Award.
- REALTORS® Land Institute
- Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association
- Indianola Homes Builders Association
- Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines
- Warren County Leadership Institute
- Iowa Association of REALTORS®
- National Association of REALTORS®
- Des Moines Area Association of REALTORS®
- Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce
- Indianola Chamber of Commerce
- The Chicago Farmers
“I have known and worked with Steve for over two years. He is quick to respond and has a great grasp on what I am looking for - even before I call him. He transforms his entrapanural spirit into services that really help his clients be successful.”
Terry Lutz, McClure Engineering
“I have bought and sold property with Steve. He’s a no-pressure easy-going guy, and his knowledge, service, and ultimate execution is impeccable and highly admirable. At the end of the day, Steve delivers results that leave you wanting to come back for more.”
Jay Skelton, Principal Real Estate Investors
“Steve brings something to the sale of farm land that no other Realtor I know does. He has a degree in marketing and applies those principles in marketing land. Steve is uniquely trained and focused to guide a seller on these important points. He also is very adept at identifying the type of prospective qualified buyers. He has been very successful in selling some of my land during the last few months.”
Harold Marquis, Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley
Agent & Auctioneer
Jared R. Chambers, Agent & AuctioneerJared@PeoplesCompany.com
Jared R. Chambers is a licensed real estate agent in Iowa and a professional auctioneer who joined Peoples Company in June of 2014.
Growing up as a young kid in Wayne County, Jared spent most of his time with his father who was in the grading, excavating, and land improvement business serving southern Iowa and northern Missouri. From a young age, he learned the values of hard work, honesty, and customer loyalty. From Jared’s years of owning and operating heavy equipment, he has a distinct eye for how farm ground can be improved.
In 2012, Jared attended the Reppert School of Auctioneering in Indianapolis, Indiana and is very active in the National Auctioneers Association (NAA), Iowa Auctioneers Association (IAA), and the Missouri Professional Auctioneers Association (MPAA). He serves as a State Ambassador for the NAA and is also a graduate of the Professional Ringman’s Institute (PRI). Jared was awarded the 2014 Grand Champion Rookie Bid Caller and also the 2014 Grand Champion Ringman at the IAA annual conference. Through his membership in the NAA, he has obtained his Graduate Personal Property Appraiser (GPPA) and Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) designations.
When not meeting with clients, touring farm ground, or working auctions Jared can be found spending time with his wife Pam and their son Jett. On Friday nights in the fall you can hear Jared announcing the home football games and other activities for the Wayne Falcons. They live on a small acreage just outside of Corydon, Iowa and in their free time enjoy camping and boating with their family and friends.
Cannon Clark, REALTOR®email@example.com
Cannon works alongside company president Steve Bruere managing day to day brokerage operations and other strategic initiatives. Cannon represents Diligent Development projects in addition to other transitional development and recreational land across Iowa. Cannon is a member of the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, the Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association, and the Developers Council. Cannon also participates on the Carlisle Economic Development Task Force and serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Dallas County Development Alliance. Cannon is a licensed real estate sales person in the state of Iowa, and joined the Peoples Company team in 2012.
Adam Curran, REALTOR®firstname.lastname@example.org
Born and raised in Lucas County with a background in Agriculture and Business, Adam joined Peoples Company prior to his graduation from Simpson Collage in 2006. As a student, Adam studied Business Management and Marketing. Upon graduation, he continued his career with Peoples Company as a specialist in Ag, acreages, developments, and residential real estate.
Adam has also taken a very active role in Peoples Company’s auction division. Adam has gained a reputation as an agent who provides his clients with exceptional service through his knowledge of real estate, his superior work ethic, property promotion, communication, and wonderful public relations.
Being raised on a family farm as well as being involved in the family livestock market, Adam has developed the ability to deal with people from many different backgrounds. He has learned the importance of public relations as well as strong work ethic, and product knowledge. His experiences have also helped him in developing great problem solving skills and creative marketing strategies to give his clients a more productive buying and selling experience.
Jim Curran, AUCTIONEERJim.Curran@PeoplesCompany.com
Jim Curran was raised in the auction business. Starting a career in livestock sales shortly after graduating from high school, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Maurice Curran, who in 1945 built the Russell Sale Barn in Lucas County. Jim, who went on to attend Iowa State University and the Reppert School of Auctioneering, has since spearheaded the public sale of millions of head of cattle across Iowa and Missouri, and was a contender for the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship. He and his brother, Gene, have also handled farm, estate and commercial liquidation auctions throughout Iowa.
Jim managed the Russell Sale Barn for 10 years before retiring from that position, obtaining his real estate license, and going to work in 2007 as an auctioneer selling land for Peoples Company. He continues to handle farm, antique, estate and business liquidation auctions, and since 2007 has sold more than 10,000 acres of farmland and development land throughout Iowa.
REALTOR®, SALES ASSOCIATE
Keaton Dreher, REALTOR®, SALES ASSOCIATEkeaton@PeoplesCompany.com
Keaton Dreher enhances the Peoples Company team with his residential and commercial construction family background. Keaton grew up in Storm Lake, Iowa and then attended the University of Northern Iowa. He graduated from UNI in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Business Management and was a contributing member of Pi Sigma Epsilon, a co-ed business organization on campus. Through PSE, he gained the proper skills and knowledge needed to communicate and be successful in Real Estate.
Keaton started with Peoples Company in the spring of 2013 and is focused on the company’s residential, new construction, and development sales. He continues to assist Kalen Ludwig with her business through the representation of Peoples Company, Ground Breaker Homes, and Diligent Development. Together, Keaton and Kalen have created a team relationship that is focused on delivering innovative solutions to their clients. Keaton is a licensed real estate sales person in the state of Iowa.
Brian Feldpausch, LAND MANAGERbrian@peoplescompany.com
Brian Feldpausch has been assisting land owners with their land management needs since 2007. Providing assistance to land owners from across the country in writing equitable leases that create strong investment returns, protect natural resources, and improve the lands’ long term value, while at the same time offering farm operators the ability to secure a profit. Brian leads land management workshops for clients throughout the year. His analysis of the complex management issues facing today’s land owners and producers provides our clients with useful strategies to maximize their returns and achieve their long-term goals. Brian was an agricultural educator for 12 years in a state and nationally recognized program. His experience makes the process easy to understand and sets you at ease answering your questions. Brian is ready to work with you in the land management business.
- Iowa Association of REALTORS®
- National Association of REALTORS®
- Grundy County Farm Bureau Board
- Grundy County Conference Board
- Conrad Development Corporation
- BCLUW School Board
Iowa State University - Agricutural Education
“Thank you Brian, our auction was better than we ever dreamed.” – P.S. Nevarra, FL
“Brian this worked out great, thanks for your work getting this closed.” – K.S. Conrad, IA
“Exceptionally, outstanding that was more than my expectations.” – J.E. Downers Grove, IL
Associate General Appraiser
Doug Goodson, Associate General Appraiserdoug@peoplescompany.com
Doug Goodson is an Associate General Appraiser in the State of Iowa and joined Peoples Company in the spring of 2015. Doug attended Southeast Missouri State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic Communications. Doug began his career in the appraisal field in 2012. Doug is continuing his certification as a Certified General Real Property Appraiser and specializes in applying the best appraisal principles and procedures when evaluating numerous types of farm agricultural real estate – from row crop farms to pastureland, timberland, CRP land and more.
Doug’s experience includes more than 25 years in the Wireless Communications industry placing and constructing wireless Communication facilities, with a strong background in real estate, finance, and agriculture. Doug grew up on a cattle and hog livestock farm in Cape Girardeau County Missouri.
• Practicing Affiliate Iowa Chapter Appraisal Institute
Associate General Appraiser
Brad Hayes, Associate General AppraiserBradley@PeoplesCompany.com
Brad Hayes is an Associate General Real Property Appraiser in the State of Iowa and joined Peoples Company in the Spring of 2014. Brad attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated in December 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate and Finance. During his time at the University of Northern Iowa, Brad was actively involved in the Real Estate Education Program, served as President of the Rho Epsilon Real Estate Student Organization, and completed an internship with the Commercial Lending team at Aviva Investors. Following this internship, Brad began his career in the appraisal field and conducted valuations on a wide array of properties located throughout the State of Iowa. After two years in the business, Brad’s passion and interest in agricultural and rural based enterprises, along with his connections at Peoples Company, guided Brad to join and assist in the launch of the Peoples Company valuation team where he specializes in agricultural and rural real estate appraisals. Brad is in the process of becoming a Certified General Real Property Appraiser and has plans to attain his MAI Designation and ARA Designation. Brad is also a licensed real estate sales agent in the State of Iowa.
In his free time, you can find Brad spending time back in his hometown of Panora. Brad enjoys hunting, golfing, boating, and camping and also keeps busy assisting with his brother’s cattle operation.
-Associate Member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA)
-Practicing Affiliate of the Appraisal Institute
-Young Professionals in Agriculture
-Iowa Cattlemen’s Association
-Iowa Farm Bureau
University of Northern Iowa
-Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate
-Bachelor’s Degree in Finance
Kenny Herring, REALTOR®email@example.com
Kenny is a versatile member of the Peoples Company team who strives to provide an unparalleled level of customer service to his clients. Since joining Peoples Company in 2012, Kenny has quickly become one of the top producing land agents serving landowners throughout South Central Iowa. Kenny is driven by a persistent work ethic and positive attitude with the motivation to satisfy all parties of a real estate transaction.
Kenny graduated Magna Cum Laude from Simpson College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management with a Marketing minor, and has a wide variety of hands-on experience from previous careers.
Kenny differentiates himself by providing comprehensive follow through with his clients and executing on the results they deserve.
Realtor, Peoples Company - licensed to Sell Real Estate in Iowa
State of Iowa LEED Green Construction Certification
State of Iowa Journeyman Plumbing License
State of Iowa Journeyman Mechanical Hydronic License
• National Association of Realtor
• Iowa Association of Realtors
• Des Moines Association of Realtors
• Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 33
• United Association of Plumbers/Welders
• Simpson College, Bachelor of Arts in Business Management
Marketing Minor; Graduated Magna Cum Laude
• Plumbers & Steamfitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Program
”Considering the logistics of those involved...and the ”window” from contact to closing...nearly an impossible request!
The owner lives in Missouri, the Farm Manager is leaving Iowa in 2 days to spend the winter in Texas.
He called Peoples Company to arrange ”Walking the farm with an Agent”. Within 2 hours of my phone call to the Manager, I received a phone call saying ”We are standing on the farm!” I WAS IMPRESSED!
Thanks to e-mails, conference calling, FAX, etc. Kenny arranged the Auction. In less than 2 months, mission accomplished with no problems - Money was in the bank!”
” I would recommend Peoples Co. especially our Agent Kenny. From listing to selling the house, he always kept me informed and explained in detail what was happening. The house was sold in a few weeks. Thank you Kenny!!!”
”Kenny Herring, with his positive attitude became quickly knowledgable of our family farm. He immediately became acquainted with those associated with our family farm corporation. He spoke with respect of other realtors as they became involved with the sale process. His visuals were extraordinary and Kenny was relentless in his pursuit of finding buyers of interest from in and out of the state of Iowa.
His consistent communication skills kept me informed of the sale progress. When sales were down, Kenny acquired a price that pleased the land owners and all those involved with the sale. You will be fortunate to have Kenny Herring as your Realtor. Kenny Herring is the Realtor to call in selling your farm”.
John Hutchcroft, REALTOR®firstname.lastname@example.org
John Hutchcroft has been rooted in the Indianola community his whole life and raised his boys here. John has owned and operated several farms in Western Warren County for 34 years and has a strong background in livestock production. John has rented out his cropland in the last year to concentrate more in Real Estate with Peoples Company. John enjoys working with clients in residential and commercial businesses around Indianola. John has a strong construction background and also likes to buy century old homes in Indianola and restore them to their era. John enjoys spending free time riding/training his horses and taking ”William” his border collie on motorcycle rides. John has been licensed for 20+ years.
Scott Kelly, REALTOR®email@example.com
An Iowa native, Scott graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with degrees in Real Estate, Finance, and Spanish. Scott focuses his efforts on the sale of commercial and residential development land and lots around the Des Moines Metro, as well as agricultural and recreational land throughout Central Iowa. Scott is a member of the Iowa Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and the Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association. By fostering ongoing relationships with economic development officials, city planners, planning and zoning members, commercial lenders, commercial contractors, and civil engineers and architects around Iowa, Scott is well-equipped and well-versed in connecting end users and investors with projects that fit their distinct needs and goals. Scott is licensed to sell real estate in Iowa and Missouri.
Real Estate Sales
Archie Kuntz, Real Estate Salesarchie@peoplescompany.com
Archie Kuntz was born and raised in Poweshiek County his entire life. Archie is married to Sally Kuntz, they have five grown children and one grandson. Archie is a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn.
He has worked with production agricultural crops and livestock his entire life. Archie has done custom farming for a number of years in Poweshiek and surrounding counties. Mr. Kuntz has worked with conservation practices with his previous business Kuntz Dirt Moving and Hauling Co. and has planted over 15,000 trees and shrubs.
Archie has been very active with livestock, which included cattle and hog production for over 40 years. Sold hoop barns for livestock production and was top salesperson for Bio-Tech Co in the Nation. He has been involved in several branded specialty meat companies with pork and beef.
He was the treasurer for the North American South Devon Association for several years, spent time as an active member on the Poweshiek County Farm Bureau board, also on the Brooklyn Telecommunications board for nine years and the Board President for three of those years.
Archie has been active in all kinds of motorsports all of his life. He built, owned, and promoted Brooklyn Raceway which held dirt track racing, motorcycle rallies, monster truck shows, rodeos, etc. Archie will now be spending his time with Peoples Company selling farm and recreational property.
Kalen Ludwig, REALTOR®firstname.lastname@example.org
Kalen Ludwig specializes in residential real estate and services BUYERS and SELLERS in the Des Moines Metro. As a Certified New Construction Sales Professional, she represents several excellent builders and can walk buyers through the building process, which includes introducing you to quality builders, securing the right lot, finding the perfect floor plan, and selecting all the finishes. You can find her blog, info on builders, lots available, listings and more at www.KalenLudwig.com Kalen is also the Director of Sales and Marketing for Ground Breaker Homes (www.GroundBreakerHomes.com). Whether you are looking for a brand new home or a home that needs some tender loving care, Kalen would love to help with the process. Kalen’s strengths are her ability to listen to her client’s needs and see that they receive the information they need to make informed decisions on their real estate transactions. After earning a Marketing and Real Estate degree from the University of Northern Iowa, Kalen joined Peoples Company in January 2005. Kalen Ludwig is a member of Des Moines Association of Realtors, Iowa Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Des Moines Home Builders Association, Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association, on the DMAAR Annual Banquet Committee, and sits on the Board of Directors for Peoples Company.
- National Association of REALTORS®
- Iowa Association of REALTORS®
- Des Moines Association of REALTORS®
- Certified New Construction Sales Professional
- Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines
- ICREA (Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association)
- BNI Chapter (Business Networking International)
- University of Northern Iowa
- Major: Marketing
- (Emphasis in Sales and Advertising)
- Minor: Real Estate
We had a great experience working with Kalen. She kept the line of communication open throughout the whole process of looking for a house, selling our house, and even since moving into our new house. She will treat you with respect and she has a genuinely great personality. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a realtor. She is not just out to make money, but rather, makes your best interest her top priority.
- Justin and Sara Wiese
We have loved working with Kalen through the sale of our old house and purchase of our new home. We kept her busy for over a year looking for just the right house and she patiently pulled listings for us and met us sometimes one-two times a week showing us houses all over the metro area. In selling our house we appreciated the option she suggested called Deal Your Own through People’s Company, this offered us a more economic way to sell our house but get the all advertisement we needed to get multiple showings a week. She’s been a professional but fun realtor to work with.
- Julie and Matt Raasch
I want to thank you for all your help in selling our home. One thing I appreciated the most was you always returned our phone calls. I felt like you had our interest at heart. When their was a few mixups on our moving day you were right on it and fixed the problem. Richard and I enjoyed working with you, and you know we love to move so I am sure you will be there for us in the future...Again Thank You for all your hard work.
- Bridget Lottman
In February we purchased a new home in Arizona with a contingency that we sell our West Des Moines home by the end of August. It took us months to get our Iowa home ready to market, then we checked out at least a half dozen flat fee or low fee realtors. We were surprised to find that some don’t actually put the listing on the Multiple (MLS) or Realtor.com, but when we found that Peoples did, we decided to go with them. We chose Kalen as our agent since she lived and worked nearby, and we’ve never regretted that decision. She was thorough, friendly, extremely competent and, thankfully, very accessible. In the past we had experienced realtors who were easy to reach before you signed a listing contract but then hard to get in touch shortly after the ink dried. Oh, did we forget to mention that our house sold within a couple of weeks and we’re now living in a sunny Arizona. Needless to say, we saved many thousands of dollars by listing with Peoples. We never once regretted our decision and we feel so badly for all those who unnecessarily pay the customary 7% commission. Lastly, in addition to successfully marketing our house and taking care of all of the legal paperwork, etc., Kalen quickly became a dear and trusted friend. In sixty-five years of living on planet Earth, we have never been more satisfied with a business relationship.
-Joe and Bev Gedden
Randy Luze, LAND MANAGERrandy@peoplescompany.com
Prior to joining Peoples Company in 2002, Randy worked for 20 years as an agricultural lender in community banks, while maintaining involvement in his family’s farming operation in northeast Iowa. Randy currently directs the Land Management division of Peoples Company with over $100 million in farm assets.
Randy works to establish shared goals between landowners and farm operators and serves as an advocate for the landowner in lease negotiations with their farm operator. Randy ensures that the provisions in the farm lease are maintained by the farm operator and records pertinent farm yield and fertility information for each property.
In these volatile times, Peoples Company Land Management ensures that all of the critical elements of your farm are overseen by an experienced professional. Please contact Randy for a consultation on what our services might look like for your farm.
Alan McNeil, SALES ASSOCIATEalan@peoplescompany.com
Alan James McNeil is currently a student at Iowa State University studying Public Service and Adminstration in Agriculture. AJ is currently in the process of gaining his Iowa Real Estate salesperson license and works as a sales associate assisting agents in the Clive office.
AJ is from Grand Mound, Iowa, and joined the Peoples Company team in 2013.
Iowa State University - Studying Public Service and Administration in Agriculture
Mike Nelson, BROKER-ASSOCIATEmikenelson@peoplescompany.com
Mike graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in finance and Real Estate emphasis in 2001. He has worked full time in real estate sales ever since. In 2008, he obtained his broker’s license.
His diverse 10 year sales background makes him very effective at selling residential real estate, acreages, and farm real estate. Mike is an extremely honest, hard working, and dedicated person.
Mike lives on his farm in Lucas County. He spends his free time working on his farm, hunting, fishing, and enjoying church activities.
REALTOR® & AUCTIONEER
Jeffrey Obrecht, REALTOR® & AUCTIONEERjobrecht@peoplescompany.com
Jeffrey T. Obrecht, also known as The Dirt Dealer, is a licensed real estate broker associate in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota and a Peoples Company Land Agent with more than 35 years of experience in land sales, land auctions and the appraisal of farmland.
From 1981 to 2003, Jeffrey owned and operated Mid-Iowa Real Estate and Auction in Iowa Falls. Prior to joining Peoples Company in 2014, he was a broker associate and auctioneer with Farmers National Company and established himself as a major producer with real estate sales exceeding $250 million during the prior seven years.
From writing real estate marketing proposals to touring farm ground and calling on behalf of landowners, Jeffrey understands the need to engage with and respond to his clients at each and every turn. In 2011 and 2012, the Realtors Land Institute recognized Jeffrey as the top real estate sales agent in Iowa with regards to volume and number of acres sold.
In 2011 and 2012, The Dirt Dealer’s expertise with Midwest farmland auctions was also highlighted on national and international news programs, including appearances on CNN Money, Rock Center with Brian Williams, Tokyo TV, United Kingdom Channel 4 News and the CBS Evening News.
Jeffrey worked as a loan officer with Farm Credit Services for five years after graduating with a degree in industrial administration from Iowa State University, and earned an auctioneering certificate from Reisch Auction School in 1984. A native of North Central Iowa, he was the youngest of seven children raised on a dairy farm south of Clear Lake.
Jeffrey operates out of his Iowa Falls office and serves the entire states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. He and his wife, Becky, own and reside on a 240-acre property with a custom farming operation in Eastern Polk County. The couple has two children, five grandchildren and enjoy spending time on their land with their animals: a Great Dane, an Umbrella Cockatoo, three horses, a donkey and a 2,000-lb. pet steer name Chaos.
Real Estate Broker, Iowa, Licensed 1983
Real Estate Broker, Minnesota, Licensed 2010
Real Estate Broker, Nebraska, Licensed 2010
Real Estate Broker, South Dakota, Licensed 2010
Iowa Falls Lions Club, 1981 to present (President 1986-1987)
American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, 1976 to present
Hog Wild Award, Franklin County Pork Producers, 2004
ISU Extension, Panel Member, Land Values & Rental Rates, 2007 Master of Ceremonies, Area Fundraisers and County Events
CBS Evening News
United Kingdom Channel 4 News
Certified General Real Property Appraiser, Licensed 1992
Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University, 1975
Associate of Arts, Bethany Lutheran College, 1971
Meservey-Thornton High School, 1969
Dennis Petersen, Brokerdennis@peoplescompany.com
At an early age, I learned that reaping rewards meant sowing the seeds carefully. His parents raised corn and beans on an Iowa farm, and I was shelling corn and working the fields before he could throw a baseball. These childhood experiences instilled values that I treasure today — responsibility, hard work and unity.
In my career as a real estate professional, I am passionate about seeing others harvest their own dreams. As a third-generation Iowan and land owner, I know a lot about a wide range of properties. From one-acre lots to modern houses in family neighborhoods, I am constantly helping clients, whether they’re buying, selling or searching for an investment.
Dennis has a step-daughter, Michelle, who works on his real estate team and has three grand-sons, one of which is special needs.
Dennis is a life long Missouri Synod Lutheran Church member, and attends King of Kings Lutheran in Cedar Rapids. Dennis is an usher as well as being active in small group sessions. Currently one small group is developing an assisted care project for members who are on long term cancer treatment and other disabilities.
His hobbies include riding and maintaining his Harley motorcycle, going to Iowa football & basketball games with friends, getting out to the farm with his ”grand-kids” and attending many of the school and sporting events.
Josh Rabe, BROKER-ASSOCIATEjosh@peoplescompany.com
Josh has been working fulltime in Peoples Company real estate sales since 2007. He brings a unique approach to selling real estate thanks to his background in concrete construction. His experience in sales, estimating, project management, and IT solutions allows a real world perspective to helping you with your real estate needs. Josh’s goal is to combine old school customer service with all of the latest technologies and provide you with the best experience possible.
Josh moved to Iowa in December 2010 from Northern California. His wife Shayla was also born and raised in California, but they are in love with Central Iowa and the opportunities it is providing their family. They have two young children together. Josh enjoys serving at Chapel of Faith in Indianola as the youth and worship leader.
Certified General Appraiser
Jim Rothermich, Certified General AppraiserJRothermich@PeoplesCompany.com
I specialize in appraising farmland and farm related businesses such as:
• Complex Agribusiness Properties
• Production Agriculture Properties
• Dairy Farms
• Swine Confinements
• Crop Farms with Grain Set Ups
• Cattle Feedlots
• Pork Processing Facilities
• Commercial and Industrial Properties
• Member of the American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA),
Iowa Chapter and Missouri Chapter
• Past Board of Directors for the Missouri Chapter ASFMRA
• Licensed Real Estate Salesperson – Iowa and Missouri
• Associate member of the Appraisal Institute
• Participating in the Appraisal Institute’s program to become designated as a Member
of the Appraiser Institute (MAI)
• Board member of the Iowa Chapter Appraisal Institute
• University of Missouri, B.S. Degree in Agricultural Economics
American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers, courses:
• National USPAP Update Course
• ASFMRA Code of Ethics
• Principles of Rural Appraisal
• Eminent Domain
• Income Capitalization
• Highest & Best Use
• Advanced Rural Appraisal
The Appraisal Institute, courses:
• Basic Appraisal Procedures
• Basic Appraisal Principles
• General Appraiser Market Highest & Best Use
• General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies
• General Appraiser Site Valuation Cost Approach
• General Appraiser Income Approach (Part 1)
• Real Estate Finance Statistics and Valuation Modeling
• General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach
• Advanced Sales Comparison/Cost Approaches
• Advanced Income Capitalization
• Advanced Applications
• Advanced Highest & Best Use
• Passed comprehensive exam for MAI designation
• RLI/ASFMRA Ag Outlook Seminar
• Appraising Rural Residential Properties
• Risk Management
• Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisition (Yellow Book)
• Uniform Agricultural Appraisal Report
• Appraising Manufactured & Mobile Housing
• International Right of Way Association-Integrating Appraisal Standards
• HP 12-C Made Easy
Becky Rozenboom, EXECUTIVE DIRECTORbecky@peoplescompany.com
Originally from Northwest Iowa Becky graduated from Iowa State University with a major in Communications. Before joining Peoples Company she was the Director of Marketing with a local Des Moines investment firm. She currently holds her FINRA Series 7 & 66 securities registrations, as well as her Iowa Real Estate license.
Certified General Appraiser
Rick Shafer, Certified General AppraiserRick@PeoplesCompany.com
Rick Shafer is Certified General Real Property Appraiser in the state of Iowa and specializes in applying the best appraisal principles and procedures when evaluating numerous types of farm agricultural real estate – from row crop farms to hobby farms, pastureland, timberland, CRP land and more.
Rick’s experience includes 11 years as a general real estate appraiser and salesman, and more than 20 years as a county soil conservationist with the United States Department of Agriculture. With a strong background in real estate, finance, agriculture, conservation and sales, Rick has the ability to deal with people from many different backgrounds, and demonstrates a solid work ethic and well-round product knowledge to serve customers with positive, pleasant and profitable, buying or selling experiences.
Rick grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Jefferson County, Iowa, near Fairfield. He was awarded an academic scholarship and after graduating from Fairfield High School went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Iowa State University.
Travis Smock, SALES ASSOCIATEtravis.email@example.com
A native of Independence, IA, Travis brings both professional and personal experiences in agriculture, insurance, and real estate to Peoples Company. During and after going through the Business Administration program at the University of Northern Iowa, he worked for a large farming operator and equipment dealer in Northeast Iowa, where he experienced a broad knowledge of the day to day activities in the field. Travis then spent time in the insurance industry specializing in home, auto, commercial, and farm policies. On top of his professional and educational experience, Travis and his family have been actively involved in real estate endeavors including residential, commercial, and development projects. After starting as a Sales Associate in the Fall of 2013, Travis plans to expand the company’s land brokerage, land auction, and farm management services to Northeast Iowa.
Associate General Appraiser
Shelby Spratte, Associate General AppraiserShelby@PeoplesCompany.com
Originally from Southwest Iowa (Guthrie Center), Shelby was active in FFA and 4-H. She graduated from Iowa State University with majors in Agricultural Business and International Agriculture. Before joining Peoples Company full time in May of 2015, Shelby interned in the Appraisal Division during her final semester at ISU. She is currently licensed as an Associate General Appraiser and is pursuing her Certified General Real Property Appraiser license as well as her Iowa Real Estate salesperson license.
-Associate Member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA)
Iowa State University
-Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business & International Agriculture
Brad VanWeelden, REALTOR®firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad grew up on a farm near New Sharon, Iowa. He spent his summers working for local farmers choring, baling hay, and helping with field work. Brad is an avid outdoorsman, and specializes in recreational and combination type farms, and also has experience with tillable farm land.
Brad attended DMACC in 1995, then ISU from 96-99. Brad has managed his own construction business since started in 1999.
Kyle Walker, REALTOR®email@example.com
Kyle’s background is in farm management and currently works with tillable, pasture, and CRP acres. He focuses on Clarke, Warren, and Madison counties in southern Iowa.
In 2004 Kyle graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. Following college, Kyle has co-managed a large family farm of about 7,000 acres. Over the last eight years he has been active in the row-crop process and cattle operation. Kyle has specialized in overseeing the row crop operation, improving the family’s tillable acres, and acquiring farms. He’s developed the ability to deal with people from many different backgrounds and has a strong work ethic.
Kyle takes a hands on approach to real estate. As an avid hunter he truly enjoys the outdoors and respects each and every acre of Iowa farm ground. Building long lasting relationships and results for his clients are his goals.
Licensed Real Estate Agent in Iowa
Notary Public in Iowa
Iowa Association of REALTORS
National Association of REALTORS
Des Moines Area Association of REALTORS
Andrew Westlake, VP/BROKERandrew@peoplescompany.com
Andrew Westlake is the Vice President and Broker of Peoples Company. A native of Bozeman, Montana, he grew up on a farm raising wheat and barley alongside a horse and cattle ranching operation.
Andrew and his family currently reside in Iowa where he attended Iowa State University and spent a number of years as an Information Technology Programmer and Analyst in the banking, financial services and insurance industries before joining Peoples Company in 2008.
Currently licensed as Peoples Company’s broker in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Montana, Andrew oversees our Brokerage and Property Management divisions. He actively lists and sells land and commercial properties throughout our licensed states and is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Iowa Association of Realtors and the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors.
Andrew utilizes skills learned throughout his career in real estate and during his time as an IT professional and to solve problems and create opportunities for land owners, investors and potential buyers. He has served as a court appointed Reciever for a host of large commercial foreclosures and has rehabilitated and liquidated numerous REO investment portfolios. Andrew focuses on building lasting relationships with, and delivering innovative solutions to, our clients.
National Association of Realtors
Iowa Association of Realtors
Des Moines Area Association of Realtors
Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association
Douglas R. Yegge, Brokertotal@totalrealtyco.com
Doug Yegge is the Broker at Total Realty Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Peoples Company. Total Realty Co. is located in DeWitt, Iowa.
For almost four decades, Doug has sold farmland throughout the Midwest. These years of experience have given him an unusual depth of knowledge in real estate matters. Doug enjoys “the feeling of accomplishment when a real estate transaction is completed and both parties — seller and buyer — are satisfied.” He specializes in land sales and 1031 Tax Free Exchanges and is licensed in the states of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi and Missouri.
Andrew Zellmer, REALTOR®firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Zellmer developed a diverse background in agriculture growing up in rural Plymouth County, IA by working for local farmers and being involved with 4-H. After high school, Andrew attended the University of Northern Iowa where he graduated in the spring of 2012 with a double major in Finance and Real Estate. While at UNI, Andrew was actively involved as the President of the UNI Men’s Rugby Club and a contributing member of the Rho Epsilon Real Estate Club. While in Rho Epsilon, Andrew was involved in events such as the NAIOP Challenge, Corporate Introductions, and other professional networking environments. These experiences have supported the skills, networks, and knowledge that are conducive to having success in today’s business environment.
Andrew started with Peoples Company in the spring of 2012. He is focused on expanding the company’s land brokerage, land auction, and farm management services into northwest Iowa. Andrew is licensed to sell real estate in the state of Iowa with his primary focus being on farmland, transitional farmland, development, and recreational land.