Glen R. Smith
Our company founder, Glen R. Smith, graduated from Iowa State University in 1979 with a major in Agricultural Business and a minor in Farm Management. He began his career right away in farmland services, working for Doane Agricultural Services as state manager of its real estate operations. After several years of working for a large, national company, Glen envisioned opportunity for a smaller, state localized firm offering professional, personalized land services. Smith Land Service Co. was started in 1982, working out of a small, sub-leased office in Glen's hometown of Atlantic, IA. Glen received his Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation in 1990 from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA). He went on to serve as Iowa chapter president as well as serving on many ASFMRA state and national committees.
In 2017, following a hearing with the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee and subsequent confirmation by the Senate, Glen became a presidential appointee to the board of the Farm Credit Administration (FCA). The FCA is the regulatory agency for the Farm Credit System (FCS), our nation's largest provider of credit to American agriculture with total assets over 333 billion. He also serves as a memeber of the board of directors of the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation, which is an independent U.S. government corporation responsible for ensuring the timely payment of principal and interest on insured notes, debentures, and other obligations issued on behalf of FCS banks.
Glen and his wife, Fauzan, now divide their time between their farm and business interests in Iowa, and Glen's full-time director responsibilities in Washington, D.C. He has stepped down from his leadership role at Smith Land Service, Co., but continues to serve in an advisory capacity. His term on the FCA board expires May 21, 2022.
As "SLS" grew, Deb Schuler joined the firm in 1986, soon after graduating from the University of Iowa. As office manager, Deb contributes a special communications and technology skill set to the firm. You will often get her cheery voice when calling the office, (we don't like voicemail or automated operators either!) and as an Iowa real estate licensee, she usually can answer your questions on our real estate listings right away. Deb and her husband, Greg, own and operate a diversified crop and cattle operation in Cass County. Recognizing the importance and needs of women landowners, Deb is currently serving her third year as President of Iowa Women in Agriculture, an organization dedicated to the education of Iowa women landowners.
Donald Kearn joined Smith Land Service, Co. as a partner in 2002 after 25 years of employment with Farm Credit Services. He grew up on a diversified grain livestock farm in Central Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University in 1973 with a degree in Agronomy. Being a farm lender during the booming 1970's, followed by the tumultuous 80's, gives Don the financial savvy to advise our clients on their land investments goals. During his last 13 years with Farm Credit, Don worked as a senior appraiser in approximately twelve counties and supervised two associate appraisers. He has considerable experience in litigation and serving as an expert witness in some of our more challenging appraisal assignments. With a lifetime of observing land seller and buyer interactions, Don particularly enjoys the negotiations inherent to farm real estate transactions. Don and his wife Sue reside in Red Oak and own land in Montgomery County as well as being a partner with the Smiths in a land acquisition/exchange company.
Peter Smith is one of the newer additions to Smith Land Service Co. Peter is training to be a certified General Appraiser, and will be certified by years end. Peter has been gaining experience at Smith Land Service on the Farm Management and Farm Brokerage aspects as well. Peter graduated Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Business in 2012. Prior to coming to Smith Land Service Co., Peter worked in the Seed Industry as a District Sales Manager. This allowed Peter to experience a wide array of operations in a 4 county area. Peter is directly involved in the families’ farm operations. Peter has made a large effort of utilizing modern technologies on the farm operation. Peter purchased his first farm in 2015. In Peter’s spare time he enjoys working on farm machinery and scouting fields. Peter also enjoys giving back to the Atlantic community. He is a volunteer firefighter and volunteer assistant wrestling coach. Peter’s positive attitude and his continued passion for agriculture provide a great resource to our clients. Peter’s affiliation demonstrates our faith in the continuity and future of our company and agriculture.
As a broker associate and partner Drew services the north central Iowa region. Drew attended Iowa State University majoring in Agricultural Business and a minor in Agronomy. There he graduated as a Top 10 Outstanding Student in the College of Agriculture. Drew purchased his first farm at the age of 24 and his second by age 26. Drew’s direct farming participation makes him an ideal resource for our clients. He has had great success in assisting our clients in North Central Iowa with their farm real estate needs. Drew can be reached directly at 641-530-0539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wayne Nosbisch grew up on a grain and livestock farm in northeast Iowa. He has been farming since his twenties in southwest Iowa, and owns and operates a farm in Adair County. He brings that practical experience to Smith Land Service Co., joining the company in 1994 as an Iowa certified general real property appraiser. Wayne is responsible for our Farm Service Agency contract work as well as numerous assignments related to financing, estates and litigation. He is also a licensed real estate salesperson.