Rural Land Investments’ staff consists of licensed real estate agents, licensed appraisers, professional foresters, and accredited administrative staff. We are an energetic and passionate team, and we use our breadth of knowledge and vast experience to help clients thrive.
Dave graduated from Clemson University in 1993 with a B.S. in Forest Management. He began working with Milliken Forestry in 1994 as a GIS Specialist and developed Milliken’s GIS Forestry services. Dave also developed Milliken’s Forestry Certification services and has experience with FSC, SFI and Tree Farm Certification systems. His deep experience in timberland management crosses institutional, investment and private landowner holdings. Dave is a Registered Forester in SC, NC and GA and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Milliken Forestry Company.
Gary is a 1999 graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Forest Resource Management. Gary joined Milliken Forestry in 1999 and worked with institutional investors, TIMO clients and Milliken Forestry's appraisal department before moving to the private landowner staff in 2005. Gary’s professional experience includes creating financially productive timber management plans for his clients while emphasizing wildlife habitat improvements and visual appeal. A licensed real estate agent since 2013, he develops marketing strategies for listed properties and continues to assist experienced and first-time investors in timberland acquisitions.
David Cheatham is a member of the Land Of The Sky Association of Realtors in Asheville, North Carolina and is passionate about sharing everything that western North Carolina has to offer. Prior to becoming a Realtor, David had a highly varied and colorful career in the agriculture and environmental industry. The vast array of professional experience obtained over the years affords David a unique vantage point to assist his clients’ needs. He is a 2003 graduate of West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia where he graduated with honors and obtained a B.S. in Forest Resource Management. He is an avid hiker, beer connoisseur (preferably IPA’s), suffers from do-it-yourself disease and all around handy-man. David currently resides in Marshall on a 25 acre homestead with his wife Laura and daughter Calla. If you are interested in learning more about Western North Carolina or joining David on a hike, please contact him.
Rob earned his B.S. degree in Forest Management from Clemson University in 1979. Following three years as a self-employed consulting forester, he joined Milliken Forestry in 1982. With over 30 years at MFC, Rob has worked in nearly all phases of business to include timber marking, timber cruising, controlled burning, timber sales, reforestation and business development. As the team leader of a pension fund that consists of approximately 40,000 acres, he is responsible for budgets, timber sales, reforestation, timber security, aerial tract inspections, re-inventory, hunt club administration, database management and real estate (sale and purchase). Rob also manages approximately 6,000 acres of privately held timberland for long-time clients. Currently, he is broker-in-charge which consists of one in-house real estate agent and two independent agents. Rob’s professional involvement includes Association of Consulting Foresters where he has served as Chair of SC Chapter, Southern Regional Director, Executive Committee member, SCACF emcee for spring and fall annual meetings, and Member of National Policy Task Force. As a member of Society of American Foresters, he has served as Chair of Central Carolina Chapter, Science and Technology Chair, and APSAF Meeting Planning Committee member. Rob is also a member of the SC Forestry Association and serves on the SFI Committee. He is a Registered Forester in SC and NC, a SC Certified Prescribed Fire Manager and a SC Licensed Real Estate Broker. Rob enjoys being active in the field, helping timberland owners achieve their objectives, and mentoring young foresters in their careers.
Billy received a B.S. degree from Clemson University in 1975 and a M.S. degree in wildlife biology in 1978. He started working for the SCDNR in 1978 where he created the Small Game Program to work with private landowners to improve their land for small game animals such as the bobwhite quail. He was honored as the first recipient of the Havilah Babcock Award for Excellence in bobwhite quail management. Billy held various titles with the SCDNR including director of legislative services and retired as Deputy Director of the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. Upon his retirement, he worked as a private consultant, received his real estate license, and has been selling real estate for three years. He enjoys selling recreational property and helping potential landowners find the property best suited to meet their goals. Billy is a certified wildlife biologist and is the Past President of the South Carolina Chapter of the Wildlife Society.
Hale attended the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and graduated with degrees in Real Estate Finance and Business Management. As a Low Country native, his passion for the outdoors revolves around fishing and hunting. He now resides in Columbia, but on the weekends you can catch him in saltwater estuaries or in the woods of Williamsburg County. Hale helps buyers and sellers of forest and farmland achieve their real estate goals.
John is a graduate of Clemson University holding a B.S. degree in Forest Management and a M.S. degree in Forestry with a minor in Civil Engineering (Remote Sensing). The first half of his career was spent with a large international forest products company, with whom he worked in various positions related to environmental issues, sawmill technology, development and management of private landowner assistance programs, evaluations and implementation of forest leasing programs, wood procurement and transportation supporting paper mills and manufacturing facilities throughout the US, Canada and Europe. The second half of his career has been with Milliken Forestry Company, during which time he has designed and implemented forest inventories, analyzed timberland and real estate investments and developed further education and experience as a Certified General Appraiser. His experience spans the entire southeastern United States as well as other regions. John has developed proprietary growth, yield and income modeling techniques that are highly effective in the analysis and appraisal of both small and large timberland holdings. His appraisal experience includes lenders, estate planning, conflict resolution, partial or restricted ownership interests and other property rights, involving all types of properties including residential, commercial, recreational, conservation and other land uses.
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