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Meet the country’s top land brokers, agents, land managers and rural appraisers—the people behind some the most significant and groundbreaking deals in the land business!

Western Heritage Consulting & Engineering; barn and fencing in front of mountains at sunset

Western Heritage Consulting & Engineering: Standing Alone in the Field

To serve its clients’ needs, WH Companies has multiple divisions throughout the West. Western Heritage Consulting & Engineering handles the natural resource engineering, while WURX LLC is the expert for construction. While most of the company’s projects are located in the American West, Western Heritage has a global capacity.

Brandon's great-great-grandfather and his wife

Brandon Bownds, Bownds Ranches: A Legacy of Ranching and Real Estate

Through Bownds Ranches, Brandon Bownds puts his multi-generation legacy of ranching and real estate to work on behalf of his clients every day. “It all goes hand-in-hand,” said Brandon, who is a fifth-generation rancher and a third-generation real estate broker based in Utopia. “You can read a book about something and figure out how to do it, but there’s no better way to gain knowledge—and no other way to gain firsthand knowledge—than by living it.”

Western Heritage; barn next to a field in front of mountains

Envision. Design. Build.

“When Ryan and I started Western Heritage, we vowed to create a firm with the technical expertise and the bold creativity that would allow our clients to dream big,” Rikki said. “Every client who buys a piece of property—large or small—has their vision of what it can become.”

The Shockey Collection; Jim Shockey

The Shockey Collection: A Proud Tradition of Excellence

“In my travels, I see great properties, I see bad properties—and everything in between,” Shockey said. “Experience and time are the only ways to gain knowledge. Now, I’m at a point where I know the difference between exceptional, good and merely average.” His real world knowledge forms the basis of the strict criteria and evaluation process that sets The Shockey Collection apart in the marketplace.

Peoples Company

Peoples Path to National Prominence

“It dawned on me that a lot of institutional capital was interested in coming into the farmland business. Not your traditional farmers, but investors,” Bruere says. “So I started having this vision for building a national brokerage house that could do brokerage work, appraisals, management, and then work with investors who want to acquire farmland assets.”