Mark Costello is a 1994 graduate of the University of Georgia. Mark has extensive sales experience and has owned his own business for the past 15 years. Mark realizes that even though the land business has changed considerably in recent years, hard work is sill the best way to get results for his clients
Jesse Johnson is a Registered Forester/Sales Agent with Southeastern United States Land Exchange specializing in timberland/recreational properties. Jesse graduated from the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forest Resources in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Forest Management.
Ashlie David has been in the real estate industry for 16 years, with 5 years on the lending side and the last 11 on the sales support and managing side. As the Business / Office manager of Southern Land Exchange and as a licensed Realtor, Ashlie’s goal is to support our Sales Associates in marketing themselves and their listings in the most effective ways possible. Likewise to help agents, buyers and sellers experience a seamless process from contract to close. With this team approach, Southern Land Exchange can offer you a unique buying and selling experience. Ashlie is a graduate of the University of Georgia and married to fellow UGA grad and native Athenian, Clark David, they make their home in the Athens area with their 3 children.
Garrett graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Agribusiness in 2008. He fell into a role as a Procurement Forester in the Middle Georgia region and quickly realized forestry was his calling. In 2014 he returned to Athens and obtained a Masters degree from UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. With experience in buying and selling timber and relationships across the state within the industry, Garrett serves as a great asset to the clients of Southern Timberland Consultants.
“I’m blessed to call the woods my office. Not many can do that and I’m grateful to have found a career that is more a passion than work. Yes, we manage timber, but we’re also helping owners understand and appreciate their asset through that process. It truly is a pleasure.”
Agent, Southern Land Exchange
From 2001-2016 Kenneth served as Vice President, Land Sales & Exchanges for Temple-Inland and its real estate spinoff, Forestar Group. He was responsible for managing the analysis, and segmentation of over 350,000 acres of undeveloped land assets into long-term hold, strategic, and retail land sale opportunities. During his tenure, Kenneth oversaw the divestiture of these undeveloped land assets in Georgia and Alabama through a high- volume retail land sale program as well as Institutional/Investor sales. Prior to 2001 Kenneth held various wood procurement and land management positions with Temple-Inland and its successor companies, as well as Georgia Pacific.
Kenneth graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources in 1983. He also is a former Board Member of the Georgia Forestry Association. He resides in Rome, Ga. with his wife Leigh Ann. Their 5 children have graduated or are currently enrolled in various Universities.
Steve Nelson, of Southern Land Exchange LLC specializes in large farms as well as recreational and investment properties. Steve grew up hunting and fishing in Kansas on his family farm, and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Animal Science.
When Stuart joined the Southern Land Exchange team in 2004, he doubted that that his Public Relations degree from UGA would come in handy. He soon found out, however, that a fresh approach to marketing was just what the land real estate business needed.
Thomas was raised on his family’s beef cattle farm in Morgan County and earned a degree in Agriculture from the University of Georgia. He brings 37 years of experience in assisting landowners with farm programs at USDA’s Farm Service Agency.
Travis graduated from the University of North Georgia with a degree in Business. He achieved the University’s top leadership award while acting as President of SIFE (Students for Free Enterprise). He went on to achieve managerial and leadership roles across a variety of industries. These roles consisted of Director of Sales for a prominent hospitality group in Athens, as well as a licensed Property Manager responsible for 11 large communities throughout Atlanta.
Growing up in a rural area, and having the privilege of hunting and fishing on the family farm, Travis has always felt a calling to the great outdoors. Surrounded by the land business his entire life, it only made sense to one day learn the family trade. Travis is excited to bring his diversified experience to the table as a land real estate agent for Southern Land Exchange.
“I’ve always enjoyed helping folks, and I continuously strive to put other’s interests before my own. I try to live by the philosophy that you can achieve all you want in life if you will help enough other people get what they want. I can’t wait to help you!”
Caleb has worked extensively in the land sales and is experienced in timberland, recreational land, hunting land, commercial land, farmland and family estates. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of Georgia Landscape Architecture program. As such, he uses his degree to analyze, plan, design, and nurture the built and natural environments of the properties he works with. His passion for the outdoors extends much further than his profession. He considers his achievement of Eagle Scout one of his greatest accomplishments, and he never misses the chance to take his bride and three children camping. When asked, he will readily tell you there is nothing more exhilarating or restorative than simply getting outside. He is passionate about serving others and would love to help you achieve your goals through the buying and selling of your property.
Davis joined the Southern Land Exchange team in 2018 and has been part of the effort to expand the company’s presence farther south. Growing up in North Carolina, he always knew that he would find a way back to his family’s home state of Georgia and in 2017 earned his Bachelors of Agribusiness degree from UGA. Davis’ lifelong fascination with every aspect of the real estate business inspired him to become an agent, and after earning his Masters of Agribusiness in 2019 he looks forward to the many years ahead helping Southern Land Exchange continue to grow.