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Ranchlands is seeking a ranch or partnership with a ranch owner as a home for a herd of 1000+ buffalo. For details email We are also now accepting ranch management proposals/inquiries.

he Ranchlands team is comprised of professionals with varied backgrounds ranging from large-scale cattle and land management, conservation, hunting, fishing and lodging to real estate investment, marketing, finance and media.


Duke Phillips

Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Ranchlands


Tess Leach

Director of Business Development, General Manager of Hospitality, Marketing and Land Stewardship Programs, Ranchlands Artist Gathering and Art Show


Duke Phillips

Chief Operating Officer, oversees all livestock and ranch operations


Kate Matheson

Director of Ranchlands Destinations, Zapata Ranch Guest Operations and Marketing Manager


Amy Baefsky

Ranchlands Management Guild Graduate & MP Ranch Co-Manager


Nick Baefsky

Ranchlands Management Guild Graduate & MP Ranch Co-Manager


Jake Meldon

Ranchlands Management Guild Graduate & Chico Basin Ranch Manager In-Training


Sam Bradford

Ranchlands Hospitality and Ranch Management Apprentice, Chico Basin Ranch


Madi Hester

Leather Shop Manager


Janet Phillips

Zapata Ranch Reservations


Delene Degroot

Ranchlands Office Manager


Maddie Jorden

Ranchlands’ Film and Photography Director, Ranchlands Review Content


Lee Derr

Ranchlands Education Partner


Jessie Hallstrom

Zapata Ranch Sales and Marketing Coordinator, Ranchlands Social Media Coordinator


Joseph Bartel

Zapata Ranch Chef


Ranchlands Roundtable*

Duke Beardsley, Western Artist
Alan Carpenter, Principal, Land Stewardship Consulting
Mike Carter, Founder & Director, Playa Lakes Joint Venture
Vic Choate, Principal, Concho Livestock
Mike Forsberg, Conservation Photographer
Kirk Gadzia, Principal, Resource Management Services
Scott Hibbard, President, Hibbard Ranch Management Inc
Dale Lasater, Managing Partner, Lasater Ranch
Corb Lund, Western Singer-Songwriter
Brian McPeek, COO, The Nature Conservancy
Xavier Rolet, CEO, London Stock Exchange
Courtney White, Founder, Quivira Coalition

*Please note that Roundtable members' views represent the view of the individual, not necessarily any organization with which they are associated.

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