Brian has been a licensed Texas Realtor since 2008 and now is the Broker/Owner of United Country | Double Creek Land and Homes which specializes in brokering farms and ranches, timberland and recreational properties in East Texas. He was born and raised in Cass County. He attended Texas A&M University on a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education. Brian taught high school Agricultural Science and Forestry for 6 years before beginning work in the field of forestry eventually owning his own forest products company. Through the years he has managed timberland across East Texas and invested in land and other types of real estate. Brian’s passion is educating landowners in the process of buying and selling rural land and teaching them the aspects of how to make that land highly productive while maintaining sustainability.
Brian serves his community in multiple roles. He is currently serving as a member of the Cass County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Marion-Cass Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors, Cass County Cattleman’s Association Board Treasurer, and he serves on the East Texas Timberland Owner’s Association Board of Directors. In 2018 Brian was nominated and selected to serve on the Texas Farm Bureau State Forestry Commodity Committee where he is currently serving as chairman. He has continued to teach young people through local 4-H Clubs, currently serving as project manager in Natural Resources. His 4-H Forestry teams have had multiple state championships and competed nationally in 2011 and 2016.
Brian and his wife Marcie have been married for 26 years and live in the small community of Kildare on their ranch where they raise cattle and timber. They have 2 sons, Caleb and Joshua. As a family, they enjoy hunting whitetail deer, dove, turkey, elk, and hogs as well as fishing in nearby Wright Patman Lake, Caddo Lake and Lake O’ the Pines. The Whatley family are members of Cross Creek Cowboy Church in Atanta, Texas.
Brian looks forward to each meeting with new clients as well as serving the needs of his repeat customers. His strong desire to help anyone who shares his passion for the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and his true love of the land serves him well in meeting the unique needs of both buyers and sellers of fine rural properties. Give Brian a call at 903-720-7356.
John grew up in the East Texas area where his family ran a small cattle operation, and a Land and Timber consulting business for many years. Growing up on a farm taught him work-ethic, common sense and the importance of honesty and integrity in business relationships. John has experience in both residential home transactions and rural land transactions. John has spent the last several years in the West Texas area flipping homes and buying and selling real estate. John holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler and a Master of Arts degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
John enjoys hunting, camping, sports, building stuff in his garage, and spending time with family and friends. John is also a Baptist pastor and has served in churches all over the state of Texas. John is married to Rebekah, and they have three children.
John has been involved in the commercial facility management side of real estate since 2006. This includes advising in the land acquisition/site selection process, working with consultants to determine the on-site and off-site construction cost, and partnering with local architects that provide design and consulting services during the project development process on behalf of the property owner. In addition, providing oversight in the administration of construction of new commercial buildings and additions/renovations to existing buildings. His focus has been providing facility management services during the day to day use and care of the facilities. This includes screening and selecting contractors to provide services, negotiating maintenance and service contracts. Developing the scope and detail to include specifications for repairs, renovations and bidding out construction projects to solicit competitive bids. The properties currently in his facility management portfolio have a combined value of over $220 million. He has recently transitioned into representing real estate clients in purchasing and selling transactions. He actively manages his personal property in Cass County for timber production, hunting, and other recreational activities. He graduated 1st in his class from The University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences. If he is not working or volunteering somewhere in the community, you can find him with the greatest passion in his life, his wife Krista, and their 5 children kayaking on a local lake, sharpening their archery skills, on a hike, preparing for a 4H wildlife or forestry contest, fishing, hunting, or working with their honey bee hives.
Jay is a 1979 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a BS degree in Forestry and began his forestry career as a procurement forester with Anthony Forest Products of El Dorado, Arkansas. He became Forestry Manager and was responsible for the care and management of over 75,000 acres of company owned timberland, additional land purchases, timber purchases, mill inventories, logging, and forestry personnel.
Since 1998, he has been the principal of Jay Tidwell Forestry, LLC, manages timber and timberland assets as a professional consulting forester for clients by providing comprehensive forestry services. In addition, as a licensed Texas real estate agent, he provides clients the opportunities to buy and sell timber, agricultural or recreational tracts, as well as commercial and residential properties.
He has been married to Susan, also a Louisiana Tech graduate and the librarian at Atlanta Elementary, for 37 years. He and Susan have three children and four grandchildren. His interests include many family activities and most anything outdoors. He is an avid golfer, but enjoys forestry, gardening, shooting sports, hunting and fishing. He is a Baptist, and was honored to have been elected as a Board Member of the Atlanta Independent School District. He has served on the Appraisal Review Board for the Cass County Appraisal District, the Cass County Agriculture Review Board, and was a member of the Atlanta Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. He was appointed by the Atlanta City Council as a member of the Atlanta Economic Development Corporation and was past President. He is a member of several professional organizations including the Texas Forestry Association, the Cass County Landowners Association and member of the National Association and the Texas Association of Realtors.