Richard (Dick) Bretz –– Dick has been involved in large commercial livestock production and other agriculture and agricultural real estate ventures for over 40 years. Dick started his career in Iowa where he worked with a purebred cattle operation, cattle feeding, and pork production operations and as a licensed commodity broker. But then Dick was offered a chance to go to work for the world famous King Ranch in south Texas.
Through his ten years at King Ranch, Dick managed a variety of business segments including two commercial feedyards, cattle purchasing and marketing, offsite cattle feeding, the weaning and stocker operations, an east Texas ranch/farm, a west Texas leased ranch, and the risk-management functions for the cattle and feedyard operations. But more importantly, Dick met dignitaries and business folks from dozens of countries around the globe while at King Ranch and still maintains many of those relationships.
While at King Ranch Dick also helped develop two value based beef marketing programs including the Ranchers Renaissance marketing group in partnership with several of the largest US and Canadian ranching and feeding operations and with Cargill Meat Solutions. He served on the Ranchers Renaissance board for nine years, served one term as its board chairman, and acted as its interim CEO in its initial year of operations. Dick has also served on the TCFA Board of Directors, NCA Board of Directors, and on numerous committees for TCFA, NCA/NCBA, and the Texas Beef Council. Dick is also a member of the Realtors Land Institute
Dick moved to Amarillo in 1999 to partner in a technology company that develops software for feedyards and had several international clients. Dick and his partner successfully sold the technology company and Dick went on to utilize some of the cattle management software in forming a cattle management company, then owned in partnership with Purina Mills/Land-O-Lakes. Dick also owns Eslabon Capital, LP - a feedyard consulting business, Eslabon Feeders, LP - a cattle ownership entity, and partners in several agriculture and real estate related ventures. Dick started merchandising feedyards commercially in 2004 as an expansion of his feedyard consulting business and in 2007 that endeavor grew into the Eslabon Properties partnership with George Clift.
Through the last 25 years of Dick’s career he has been a part of several large scale agri-business acquisitions/divestitures totaling several hundred million dollars in asset value including marketing the largest macadamia nut farm in the world and marketing commercial feedyards for Cargill, Five Rivers, and Sparks/Cattlco and has handled about thirty commercial feedyard transactions in those years. Dick has done international business in five countries.
Dick has an Associate of Animal Science degree and a Bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa where he graduated with Highest Honors. Dick is a licensed real estate Broker in Texas, Colorado, and Nebraska, and as a sales agent in Kansas. Dick and his wife Tricia live in Corpus Christi, TX.
David was raised on a farm and stocker operation outside of Hereford, Texas. He continued to farm while in high school, allowing him to earn the American Farmer degree from Future Farmers of America. His education continued at Texas Tech University earning him a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics in 1978.
In 1979 he began a career as a commodity broker. Upon completion of training in Denver, CO, he moved to Amarillo joining the newly established firm, Amarillo Brokerage. He became a partner of the firm 1983, and in 1999 he assumed the position of the Managing Partner. He held that title until his retirement in 2015.
During his tenure at Amarillo Brokerage, he shared in the transformation of this small company into one of the top commercial cattle hedging offices in the United States. Clients were located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
His 36 years of experience working with bankers, feed yards, and customers have provided him with a unique skill set that can easily be applied to the marketing of Commercial Agricultural Facilities.
George Clift has been involved in Agriculture for over 40 years. After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1979 with Animal Science and Agribusiness degrees, he went to work for Ralston Purina Company, working with feed store and large cattle, hog and dairy operations. As a District Manager for Ralston Purina, he provided business management assistance to agri-business owners, including marketing assistance and training through educational seminars for livestock owners. George worked hands on with cattle operations, assisting cattlemen with genetics evaluation, grazing management, retained ownership opportunities and ration formulation. While working the southeastern Oklahoma area, he also became involved with Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Junior livestock shows and the Boys and Girls Club.
George began his real estate brokerage business in Amarillo, Texas in 1997. Clift Land Brokers is now the largest farm and ranch real estate firm in the Texas Panhandle with 21 real estate brokers and sales associates.
In October of 2008, the company moved into its new location at 3430 I-40 West in Amarillo. In an effort to better reflect his business focus, he changed the name to Clift Land Brokers, operating as a division of George Clift Enterprises, Inc. Also in 2008, George formed a partnership with Dick Bretz, and created Eslabon Properties focusing on marketing large commercial agriculture facilities, including feedyards, dairies, meat packing facilities, and ethanol production facilities across the U. S. George is also involved in multi parcel land auction as owner of Clift Land Auctions, LP, which has successfully auctioned over 250,000 acres in four states.
George is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Colorado. In 2005, he earned the Advanced Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation, being only one of 500 Realtors® throughout the U.S. who holds this coveted accreditation. He is the past president of the Texas Chapter of the Realtors Land Institute, and in 2015 he became the past President of the RLI National Board of Directors. In 2016, he received the Realtors® Land Institute’s most prestigious honor, the 2015 Land Realtor of America Award.
George is a member of the National Association of Realtors® and the Texas Association of Realtors®. He supports his community as a member of Amarillo Association of Realtorsâ, Amarillo Better Business Bureau, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, as well as serving on the board of the Amarillo Tri-State Fair.
George and wife Kathi have three children, Bryan, Kari and Megan, as well as five grandchildren. They are partners in a 3,000 acre corn farm in Dallam County, Texas and development property in Lubbock, Texas. They also graze calves and feed cattle at commercial feedlots in the region.