Melinda Bastian started her career with United Country – Missouri Land and Home in the spring of 2011 as an Administrative Assistant. While working in that role, Melinda earned her Missouri Real Estate License. In addition to being an auction specialist, she is in charge of marketing and web design for Missouri Land & Home in Columbia.
Her marketing and auction experience as well as extensive knowledge of pasture and farm land make farms and ranches Melinda’s specialties. Growing up on a farm in Central Missouri and then marrying a farmer/rancher and helping him with the day-to-day decisions and activities on the farm gives Melinda a good grasp on farm and ranch values. Audrain county is known for its exceptional farmland, but is also home to a large number of cattle.
Melinda and her husband have operated a 150-plus head, cow herd for nearly 30 years in addition to a small row crop operation. The couple has also been active with their sons, Chris and Jesse, in 4-H, FFA and several cattle organizations over the years. She knows what it takes to make a family farm work in today's changing ag economy. When she's not busy with real estate or farm activities, you can find her relaxing in the outdoors fishing with her kids and grandkids or at a church function. Associating with top-notch individuals is important to Melinda and her family, which is the main reason she came to work with Kurt and Ann at Missouri Land & Home. Melinda is licensed in Missouri and is a Realtree Land Pro.
Raised on a farm in East Central Missouri, Ann continued to actively participate in the agricultural industry after she and Kurt married in 1985. Along with assisting in the family farming operation, and raising two sons, Ann spent many years as a classroom teacher. During this time, she earned her Master’s Degree in Education. In 2002, she received her Missouri Realtors sales license and acquired her Missouri Broker’s License in 2009, when she began serving as the Office Manager for United Country - Missouri Land & Home.
With a passion for learning and the desire to offer the best services to the sales agents and the customers of the real estate business she and Kurt have built, Ann graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies in December 2013. Most recently, Ann has attended the University of Missouri School of Law. A common thread in her background is her genuine interest in people and assisting them in achieving their goals and dreams. Ann is licensed in Missouri.
For Kurt Hollenberg, broker/owner of United Country Missouri Land & Home and United Country-Commercial, an active engagement in the farming industry at a young age sparked his interest in property ownership. Family entrepreneurship is also in his heritage. Running a real estate brokerage allows him to combine both—he’s proud that today his wife and oldest son are part of the organization.
Kurt is intentional about promoting a team atmosphere in the office, built for the purpose of customer satisfaction. In turn, Kurt’s agents and customers have described him as being, “fair, dedicated, sincere, knowledgeable, and professional.” Kurt describes himself as “driven”. His business philosophy is simple: “Communication is key,” he says. “There should be no assumptions---ask and ask, again. And above all—listen.”
Kurt’s involvement with The REALTOR Land Institute, along with his United Country franchise affiliation, allows him to visit regularly with brokers throughout the nation. Constant exposure to new marketing ideas, leadership strategies and industry practices keeps him current, transferring this knowledge to his team and ultimately the customer.
Under his professional care and guidance, for the past 7 years, Kurt’s team has consistently ranked in the top 5 offices of the United Country Franchise. Currently, Kurt is United Country Real Estate’s National Farm Director and also serves as the President-Elect for the Missouri chapter of the REALTOR Land Institute. Recently, Kurt obtained is Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) certification. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and working on the farm with his youngest son, tending to the family cattle operation. Kurt is licensed in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Arkansas.
Thanks for letting John introduce himself. John Dyer graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1998 with a BS in Agriculture and a minor in Business. In 1999, he obtained his real estate license and started the commitment to bringing buyers and sellers together in this natural treasure we call land. John’s understanding of clients who hunt, those who farm, those who invest and those who own land for mere pleasure have entrusted him in the execution of land transactions in a timely and hassle-free environment. His personal insight of land ownership in rural Missouri gives him the opportunity to teach and pass on the highs and lows to his 2 children. Land is a great gift from which children can learn life lessons and enjoy memories for years to come. God has provided John with a loving wife, 2 healthy and crazy kids and a way of life that is not work when you love what you do. In 2013, John was ranked #14 in land sales and in 2016 he was ranked #8 in land sales within the United County system. John’s greatest attribute is having current & pas clients turn into what he calls good friends. John is licensed in Missouri.
Eric, a lifelong mid-Missouri native, is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor of science in finance and banking with an emphasis in real estate. Eric and his wife, Sarah, make their home in Columbia and can often be found cheering on the Missouri Tigers. With the knowledge and experience he has gained as a licensed realtor since 2009 and his 3+ years of experience as a commercial and farm Real Estate Appraiser, Eric can assist either buyers or sellers in several spheres of the real estate market. His career as a realtor is supported by his passion for creating productive relationships and the satisfaction he gains in helping customers achieve their goals. A graduate of United Country’s Associate Power program, Eric is able to customize an individualized real estate plan by blending all the offerings of the United Country national marketing programs with his own local expertise. Eric is licensed in Missouri.
Brian comes from a small community in central Missouri where he operated a large scale farming and cattle operation. He later went on to establish a commercial contracting company specializing in site grading and utility installation for large shopping centers. He has since left the contracting business to concentrate on commercial real estate brokerage. His many years in agriculture and contracting give him a unique perspective and ability with a wide range of revenue producing real estate. He is currently pursuing the CCIM designation which will add to his expertise in commercial real estate. Brian is licensed in Missouri and Kansas.
The auction business has been the focal point of a professional career centered around the cattle industry for Wes. Being raised on a farm in Audrain county sparked a work ethic that has taken him around the country to over 1,000 farms and ranches and 700 auctions as an auctioneer, ring man, sale manager, or consultant. It’s an understanding of people’s needs and desires that makes working such a diverse landscape possible. Wes manages a successful monthly publication for the Missouri Cattleman's Association and is partners in a purebred Angus consulting firm. Wes has put sales and long term business plans together for people of all walks of life working in a professional and prompt manor to execute a successful sales strategy. While work takes a lot of time from his young family and church he is dedicated greatly to them both and holds traditional American values dear. Wes is licensed in Kansas and Missouri.