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Nation's Top-Producing Land Agents Recognized by Realtors® Land Institute APEX Awards Program Sponsored by The Land Report

CHICAGO, July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Realtors® Land Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®, is proud to have announced the winners of its 2017 APEX Awards Program, sponsored by The Land Report. The APEX Awards Program is designed to recognize the excellence and performance of the best in the business by distinguishing agents with these prestigious production-based awards. All winners were announced by RLI CEO Aubrie Kobernus as well as The Land Report's co-founders, Eddie Lee Rider Jr. and Eric O'Keefe, at a special awards ceremony during RLI's 2018 National Land Conference (NLC18) in Nashville, TN.

RLI recognized a two-way tie between Michael and Dan Murphy with the M4 Ranch Group, a division of Team Murphy Realty LLC, in Colorado for the program's most coveted and prestigious award, the APEX 2017 Top National Producer.

RLI also proudly recognized the accomplishments of the APEX 2017 National Broker of The Year recipients in each of the following seven distinct land categories:

Ag Land Sales – Crops: Troy Louwagie, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services
Ag Land Sales – Ranches: Dax Hayden, Hayden Outdoors LLC
Recreational Land Sales: Dan and Michael Murphy, M4 Ranch Group
Timber Land Sales: Clint Flowers, ALC, National Land Realty
Commercial Land Sales: Ryan Sampson, ALC, Eshenbaugh Land Company
Residential Land Sales: Danny Smith, ALC, Smith & Smith Realty
Auction Land Sales: Troy Louwagie, ALC, Hertz Real Estate Services

In addition to being named Broker of the Year in two categories, RLI also awarded Troy Louwagie, ALC, of Hertz Real Estate Services in Iowa with the APEX 2017 Wrangler Award for largest number of transactions closed in 2017.

All applicants are members of RLI and have at least four million dollars of qualifying dollar volume in closed land sales in 2017. The applicants were also recognized as part of the RLI APEX 2017 Producers Club, with each of the twenty highest-producing applicants receiving an APEX 2017 Top Twenty National Producer award.

"The APEX 2017 Award Winners are the cream of the crop when it comes to conducting land transactions. RLI is proud to be partnered with The Land Report to give these land agents the national industry recognition as a top-producer that they deserve," said RLI's CEO Aubrie Kobernus, MBA, RCE, about the new program.

The APEX Awards Program celebrated its inaugural year with fifty applicants totaling a combined $1B+ in qualifying transaction volume. For more information on the award winners, make sure to get a copy of The Land Report, one of the industry's leading magazines for landowners and land professionals, which has publicized winners in their Spring 2018 issue. All land real estate professionals are invited to join RLI and apply to the prestigious APEX Awards Program next year. Learn more at

About the Realtors® Land Institute 
The Realtors® Land Institute, "The Voice of Land", continually strives to maintain its status as the acknowledged leader for all matters pertaining to the land real estate profession. RLI endeavors to remain the essential membership organization for the extraordinary real estate professionals who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land. The Realtors® Land Institute provides the expertise, camaraderie, and valuable resources that are the foundation for all land real estate professionals to become the best in the business. For more information, visit or call 800.441.5263. It's the best time to join the best!

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SOURCE The Land Report