Featured Member – Russell Hickey

Russell Hickey has called Southern Colorado home his entire life and has a deep appreciation for the land and culture. The decades of time spent on local ranches, years of mentorship and his continued education in Water Law and Land Use has resulted in Russell being very successful in the local real estate market, where he specializes in Ranches, Large Acreage, and Mountain Properties.

Featured Member – David Klein

David earned his B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois in 1993 and serves as the designated Managing Broker for Illinois and Iowa and Managing Auctioneer in Illinois and Indiana for First Mid Ag Services. He joined First Mid in 2019 through the acquisition of Soy Capital Ag Services. Prior to Soy Capital he worked in farm management at Magna Trust Company and later the insurance industry. In addition to auctioning farmland, David is licensed to sell and buy farmland / real estate. He currently manages over 8,500 acres of Midwest farmland for select clients.

Additional Proposed Tax Law Changes to Prepare For

I had the privilege to speak at a seminar recently on this topic and the speaker before me said that the next endangered species in this is country is the landowner. Was he right! The other proposed tax law changes are (1) the elimination of the stepped-up basis, (2) the doubling of the capital gains tax to 39.6%, (3) the reduction of the federal estate tax exemption to $3.5 million and an increase of the federal estate tax rate to 45%. Every one of these proposed tax law changes can cause potential needless tax burdens on property owners.

Featured Member – Beth Myers

Beth Myers, Qualifying Broker and Owner of Rafter Cross Realty, LLC was born and raised in Lea County, New Mexico. She is a Lovington High School graduate and holds a Bachelor of Business Education degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from Texas Tech University in addition to a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in English Literature also from Texas Tech University. Beth is a former educator, having previously worked for both the Lovington and Tatum Municipal Schools. In addition, she spent many years teaching part-time and online college courses for New Mexico Junior College, Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University, and Ashford University.

Featured Member – Tim Clark

Tim Clark has been in the real estate industry since his childhood in San Angelo, Texas. Tim worked within his family’s home building business and this experience led Tim to discover his entrepreneurial talents very early. Tim attended San Angelo State University and received a BBA in Accounting upon graduation in 1990.

Featured Member – Reese Lovell

Reese Lovell was born and raised between the banks of the Arkansas River and the Ozark Mountains, where his passion for the outdoors and wildlife began. This passion grew into a unique skill set that lead him to be one of the youngest Wildlife Biology interns to ever be hired by the Forest Service Program out of Arkansas Tech University. It took only a few trips to see his family in Colorado before he fell in love with the mountains out west, and this love ultimately led him to relocate to the Rockies in 2014.