Hansen Land Brokers at the 2013 National Land Conference in Las Vegas

North America’s top land professionals in diverse segments of the land business including agriculture, timber, ranch, recreation, appraisals, auctions, farm managers, and investors, including Accredited Land Consultant, Shawn Hansen of Hansen Land Brokers (pictured with Polly Garrett of The Real Estate Center in Spearfish, South Dakota), were in full force at the one-and-only 2013 National Land Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 18 through 20, 2013.

Presented by the REALTORS® Land Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, the best-in-the-business convened to learn, network, make deals, and have fun. The “buzz” is that this was the best conference and is the “place to be” for land professionals. Expert speakers included world-renowned economists, a climatologist, an expert in wind and air rights, investment strategists, a mineral and gas surface use and development expert, auction professionals, timber and ranch and recreation experts, and more. The final keynote presenter, Brian Binnie, a civilian astronaut, shared his journey on SpaceShipONe. RLI’s “Greatest Auction on Earth” was a huge success with a “dream team” of auctioneers who are members of REALTORS® Land Institute—many of whom are esteemed Accredited Land Consultants (ALCs) or candidates working toward earning the designation.

The Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation is an indication of the land professional who is the most accomplished, experienced, educated, and highest performing land expert. It requires successful completion of a rigorous education program, a proven track record of performance, and are the most trusted professionals as a result of their commitment to professionalism. Awards were received by ALCs who networked with each other to land deals and build business. The recipients of the National ALC-to-ALC Networking Award collaborated on a $3,100,000 transaction. This is just one of many ALC-to-ALC Networking closings. Chuck Wingert, ALC, 2013 National President of RLI, states, “Participating in the National Land Conferences and being an active member in the REALTORS® Land Institute, is an investment that brings strong business relationships and increased commissions. One cannot afford to miss these opportunities.”

The 2014 National Land Conference will take place in Charleston, South Carolina, on March 12-14.