Member Spotlight: Brad Hayes

By ASFMRA Press posted 04-27-2020 11:26

In this Member Spotlight, get to know ASFMRA Member Brad Hayes, one of the Iowa Chapter Directors.Brad_Hayes.jpg

Describe your experience and education related to the property professional field.

After working a couple of years in the commercial real estate sector, I transitioned into the agricultural real estate industry and started my career in appraising agricultural real estate assets. My passion for the agricultural industry and experience in real estate led me to this profession. I joined Peoples Company in 2014 and was provided the opportunity to develop the firm’s appraisal division where we worked with clients throughout the Midwest. In January 2020, I took a leap and started my own appraisal firm in my hometown of Panora where I work with clients in central and west-central Iowa.

Describe what led you to become a chapter member of the Iowa ASFMRA Chapter and why you remain a member.

I have always been an advocate of being involved with professional groups and organizations. When I transitioned my career to the agricultural sector, I joined the ASFMRA and several other professional organizations as an opportunity to network with other ag professionals. Being involved in the Iowa Chapter and National Chapter of the ASFMRA has served me well in my career. Our profession consists of a rather small group of individuals, so being well-connected in the ASFMRA adds value in the day-today workflow of the appraisal profession. I joined the Board of Directors of the Iowa Chapter to provide leadership and as an opportunity to give back to the chapter.

Describe personal background items that would be of interest to fellow chapter members.

I am highly involved in the day-to-day routine of my family’s cow/calf operation. Being involved in the agricultural real estate industry as a farm manager, broker and/or farm manager is very complimentary to individuals who also desire to be involved in a farming enterprise whether it’s a full-time operation or hobby.

Describe a couple memorable or unique experiences in your life.

I have a twin brother and although we are not identical, we look very similar. Growing up in small town Iowa, I always thought Des Moines was a big city. However, with both of us being professionals in the Des Moines Metro, we quickly figured out how small the city was. We frequently crossed paths with each other’s professional contacts, which made for some comical memories over the years! If you happen to see me at a non-ag related function, there is a 50/50 probability that it is my twin brother, Ben. Just ask Terry Kestner.