CORE COMPANY VALUES

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Experience

Knowledgeable – Skilled – Professional – Accomplished – Competent – Qualified – Seasoned

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Honesty

Open – Fair – Sincere – Straightforward – Genuine – Real – Authentic

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Integrity

Sincere – Truthful – Whole and Undivided – Honorable – Strong Moral Principles - Trustworthy

Marv Van Houten
Founding Partner + Managing Broker

Marv has been in farming operations since 1973 and has over 25 year’s experience in real estate sales. He brings a lifetime of knowledge and expertise to serve our clients well.

(308) 360-1776
marv@americanlandbroker.com
Michelle Parks
Founding Partner + Broker + Operations Manager

With over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, Michelle’s detailed organization and management skills are a key factor in providing our clients with the high level of professional service that they require.

(970) 231-2016
michelle@americanlandbroker.com
Mark Sharman
Founding Partner + CPA + Marketing Director

Mark is a CPA with experience as an Entrepreneur, with Business Consulting, and Business Model Development. He brings a depth of financial and tax knowledge to the team to provide a wide range of services to meet our clients’ needs.

(970) 631-7838
mark@americanlandbroker.com
(308) 360-1776
marv@americanlandbroker.com
(970) 231-2016
michelle@americanlandbroker.com
(970) 631-7838
mark@americanlandbroker.com
J.R. Breen
Broker

J.R. was born and raised in Big Horn County, Montana where him and his extended family have been in the ranching business for four generation. He received a degree from Montana State University and has been a Farm and Ranch Real Estate professional for over 26 years. JR has worked and managed several large cow/calf, yearling operations throughout Montana and Wyoming. Ranching is his passion and working with the people who have built the industry.

(406) 679-0915
jr@americanlandbroker.com
Mark Van Houten
Broker
Mark VanHouten has always loved the outdoors. During college at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Nebraska, that passion turned into a 15-year career with the outdoor mega-retailer Cabela’s where he learned to manage the seasonal business changes, opening a multitude of new stores, marketing and always exceeding the customer’s expectations.
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(913)594-1303
markv@americanlandbroker.com
(406) 679-0915
jr@americanlandbroker.com
(913)594-1303
markv@americanlandbroker.com

American Land Broker Success Stories!

We would like to share how we have helped clients just like you walk through the challenges of real estate transactions and farm and ranch management.

"I know Marv means business because he treated the management of this sale as if he owns the place. If you want to sell, you need to be on the property and engaged, knowing what’s going on. Marv is a farmer – he knows how to run an operation." - Chod B

Marv Van Houten
Founding Partner + Managing Broker

Marv grew up milking 110 Holsteins, running 250 beef cows, and moving aluminum pipe by hand on alfalfa and corn on his family’s farm west of Butte, Nebraska.  After high school he attended the University of South Dakota at Springfield for two years majoring in business.  In January of 1973 a farming operation in north central Nebraska employed Marv developed nearly 6,000 acres for center pivot irrigation that spring.  In 1976 he went to work for a hybrid seed corn company where they developed 1200 irrigated acres for seed corn production, and later promoted Marv to farm manager.

He started his own farming operation in 1988 and his career in irrigated farm and ranch sales in 1990.  In 1996 Marv moved his farming operation to the Nebraska panhandle where he farmed over 2,400 irrigated acres, and later an additional 1,000 acres were developed into center pivot irrigation. After visiting Montana in 2012 and seeing all the land that could be developed for irrigation he moved his farming operation to Forsyth, Montana in 2014. In 2015, Marv sold his farming operation and started full time in selling real estate and farm and ranch consulting.

Over the years, Marv has had many clients ask him, “Why haven’t you established your own real estate brokerage?” In 2018, Marv met and began developing a relationship with Michelle and Mark. After so many years, he felt he finally found some trustworthy partners who had the experience and integrity necessary in order to take this next step in establishing a reputable real estate brokerage. He is excited to have a solid team to bring clients a wealth of skillsets and services not only in real estate transactions, but also in business consulting, tax, and farm & ranch operations consulting.

Where You’ll Find Marv on His Downtime:

Enjoying time with his wife and grandchildren in Canada. On the road a lot but he loves getting home to spend time with the Lord, his wife and grandchildren.

Favorite Verse:

Luke 16:10 "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much..."

Why Marv is Here on Earth:

"I’m here to share the love and the life of His Lord Jesus Christ in this world and to prepare for the day I meet Jesus face-to-face."

GET IN CONTACT WITH Marv

Phone (308) 360-1776
Email: marv@americanlandbroker.com

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

Farming Operations
Real Estate Sales & Negotiations
Irrigation Land Development
AG Land Networking
Michelle Parks
Founding Partner + Broker + Operations Manager

Michelle grew up on a small farm riding horses and taking care of cows, chickens, rabbits and occasionally turkeys. Her mom was the youngest of 10 and everyone lived within a short distance from her grandparents, who raised diary cows and farmed several acres of corn and wheat. Even with 27 cousins, every birthday and holiday was celebrated enthusiastically.

After graduating valedictorian from high school, Michelle attended Colorado University where she received a degree in both Management and Accounting in 1990. During that same year, her Dad, who had been a dynamic businessman, started his own Mortgage Company and enlisted Michelle as his protégée. For 20 years, she soaked up and implemented every detail necessary to build a successful company, and after he passed 10 years ago, she has continued to combine with her skills and attention to detail to help other companies become successful, as well.

Michelle’s deep love for her family and desire to keep them and her faith a priority, lead her to the opportunity to work with Marv and Mark; to be able to build a successful business based on the same morals and values that she was raised with, and to be able to use the gifts that God gave her to truly help people.

Michelle brings a perceptive and sensitive aspect to the team at American Land Brokers, as she works to create a comfortable atmosphere for our clients.

Where You’ll Find Michelle on Her Downtime

Taking care of her family and home, being a mom and hanging out with her husband. School activities, outdoor recreational sports, and even building furniture, fill the off-hour days.

Favorite Verse:

Phillipians 4:6 “Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and then thank Him for all that he has done.”

What Michelle finds exciting about being in Real Estate

Working with people. I love working with people. People are amazing! Everyone brings a different perspective, idea, look, package. Just like snowflakes, no two people are the same. I love talking with people and learning something new each and every time I visit with someone.

GET IN CONTACT WITH Michelle

Phone (970) 231-2016
Email: michelle@americanlandbroker.com

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

Organization
Detail-Oriented
Management
Communication
Mark Sharman
Founding Partner + CPA + Marketing Director

Mark’s brings a unique dynamic and skillset to American Land Brokers team in his expertise in accounting and tax, business model development, and consulting. Mark’s priorities in life begin with his faith and devotion to God, then his care for his family, and then in using the abilities and talents God has given him to serve those around him.

Mark is married to his lovely wife, Ruth, and has 4 daughters – Eva, Norah, Violet and Piper. He was born in Australia and moved to the States in ’94 and to Northern Colorado in ‘99. He spent 4 years in the Marine Corps and went on to finish his undergraduate degree in Business Management. Shortly thereafter, Mark entered the corporate world as a mid-level manager at Target. However, this environment and mindset felt stifling to him, so he began looking for a more specialized skillset that would allow him to be more creative and engaged with helping people. He found this very dynamic open to him when he took a job at an accounting firm, finding he had a knack for numbers and enjoyed engaging people on practical level with their business efforts.

While pursuing a Masters Degree in Accounting and Financial Management and his CPA license, Mark began his own accounting business that would eventually become his CPA Firm. With this business, he worked with a wide variety of clients in fields such as retail, construction, service, non-profit, marketing, grocery, real estate leasing, and real estate brokers. While there are many practical realities of managing finance and tax, Mark’s real enjoyment in his work came with the ability to consult and develop robust business models to help clients find creative solutions to the problems in their business, business environment, and building thriving, profitable businesses. This focus led him to partner with Marv and Michelle with American Land Brokers because they share the same values and desires to bring value to clients and to impact lives for eternity. Mark is a great asset to American Land Brokers and our ability to service our clients with a wide range of services they need to manage their real estate investments.

Where You’ll Find Mark on His Downtime:

Mark spends his spare time with his wife and children, reading a good book (the Bible is his favorite!), sharing life with friends, or engaging in discussions about worldviews and eternity with people from coffee shops to street corners.

Favorite Verse:

Mark 8:35-37 "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?"

Why Mark is Here on Earth:

“Jesus says that we are to ‘seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to us.’ All these things are the realities of life lived on earth, including time, money, family, friends, health, and possessions. I’m choosing to seek first the kingdom of God because life is too short to worry about anything less. I find the rest of life is in its right order, purpose and perspective when I put God first.”

GET IN CONTACT WITH Mark

Phone (970) 631-7838
Email: mark@americanlandbroker.com

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

Accounting & Finance
Tax Consulting
Strategic Problem-Solving
Business Model Development