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Born and raised in Southern Illinois on the family farm, I learned hard-work and dedication. As a third-generation cattle producer and ranch owner/manager, I take pride in raising the highest quality beef and have established a trusted and respected reputation. I take the same pride and attention in caring for the land that my family has owned since the 1950s – one of the most beautiful pieces of property in the mid-west. The values taught by my family and the lessons learned from a life dependent on the outdoors are woven into the very fabric of who I am.
I decided to expand my brand and launched a lumber company in 2016 that has grown into a successful business, producing wood moldings, flooring, walls, tables, and slabs. I first learned how to grade timber and lumber in my teens when my grandpa started a hobby sawmill. Through years of working with certified foresters and loggers and now owning and operating my own lumber company, I know the value of timbered land.
Hunting and fishing have also been an important part of my life. My family traveled to Canada, Mexico, and Africa routinely to hunt and fish through the years. However, I have the fondest memories of deer hunts (doe for the family friends to eat all winter), turkey hunts, and coon hunts with my dad and neighbors. My experience and knowledge of hunting give me an advantage when evaluating the recreational potential of land.
In a world where trust is becoming a limited commodity, I still believe a handshake has meaning. The importance of hard-work, dedication and honesty are values that I strive to live daily, and I am passing this on to my three children – Lilly 19, Adeline 15, Clay 12. My wife and I have been married for twenty-two years and are raising our children on the same farm where I was raised. To me, land is more than just an investment or utility, it is a part of heritage and is to be treated with great respect and care. This love and passion for the outdoors and my farm has given me the desire to help others find their own land where they can enjoy family, recreation, and farming. Hayden Outdoors shares this same passion and I am proud to be a part of the family.My Listings