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Chapter Leadership


  • R. Mike Lansford

    R. Mike Lansford, AFM

    President View past presidents (817) 884-4414

    Mike Lansford is the Vice President for the Southern Area for Farmers National Company in Fort Worth, Texas.  Farmers National Company is a asset management company serving America's landowners since 1929.  Headquartered in Omaha, NE, Farmers National Company managers over 2 Million acres of farm and ranch land in 24 states.  In addition to personally managing properties, Mike's primary responsibilities as Area Vice President are hiring, training, and mentoring farm and ranch managers in the Southern Area, working with clients and field staff to provide comprehensive management solutions, assisting clients in identifying and reaching their goals of ownership, and managing the regional office of ten employees.

    Before joining Farmers National Company in 2010, Mike was the Southwestern Regional Manager for JPMorgan's Farm & Ranch Trust Department where he managed trust properties in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Colorado.

    Mike Lansford graduated from Texas A&M University in 1987 with a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Economics, and then again in 1989 with Master's of Ag in Land Economics and Real Estate.  Mike is a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in Texas, a licensed Real Estate Broker in Texas, and an Accredited Farm Manager (AFM) of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Farmers National Company, as well as the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show of Fort Worth.  Mike is also a 38 year member of the Texas Forestry Association and an associate member of the Society of American Foresters.

  • Michael Mays

    Michael Mays, ARA, MAI

    President Elect

    (512) 863-6428

    Michael Mays is a partner at Kokel-Oberrender-Wood Appraisal, Ltd. based in Georgetown, Texas. Kokel-Oberrender-Wood Appraisal has extensive experience in litigation valuation for eminent domain proceedings, bankruptcy, tax-related matters, divorce and other litigation involving real estate valuation issues. In addition, the firm conducts appraisals for a wide variety of financial institutions related to asset evaluation for loan and portfolio management. Consultation and valuation services are also provided to investors and trusts for real estate investment and management decisions.

    Michael was raised in McCulloch and San Saba Counties on a family ranching operation. He graduated from Brady High School and attended Hardin Simmons University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science in 2000. Mr. Mays went on to earn a Master's Degree in Land Economics and Real Estate from Texas A&M University in 2003 and began working at Kokel-Oberrender-Wood Appraisal after graduating. Mike is licensed in Texas as both a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and a Real Estate Broker. In addition, Mr. Mays holds the Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation conferred by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers as well as the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute. He also currently serves on the board of the Foundation Appraisers Coalition of Texas (FACT) as Vice President.

  • John Robertson, Jr.

    John Robertson, Jr., ARA

    Vice President

    (830) 715-4599

  • Bryan Bednarz

    Bryan Bednarz, ARA

    Past President

    (806) 281-1789

    Bryan Bednarz currently serves as Valuation Systems Director - Appraiser of Collateral Risk Management for Capital Farm Credit, ACA, in Lubbock, Texas.  Capital Farm Credit, ACA is a diverse $11 billion ACA serving numerous counties located throughout Texas.  Bryan’s primary responsibilities are appraisals, sales database administration, Maven implementation, and assisting in the management of all collateral evaluation functions for the association.

    Bryan joined Capital Farm Credit in 1999 as an appraiser.  In this capacity, his work has involved the appraisal of large farms, ranches, and highly improved agricultural properties, including commercial cattle feedyards, dairies, feed mills, and cotton gins.

    Bryan Bednarz graduated from Texas Tech University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics.  From 1990 to 1999, he worked as a fee appraiser in San Angelo, Texas, specializing in commercial and agricultural properties.

    Bryan is currently a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in Texas and New Mexico and an Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

  • Carmen Bierschwale

    Carmen Bierschwale


    (325) 446-6169

    Carmen Bierschwale is an Affiliate member of ASFMRA and has served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Texas Chapter since 2010. She is also the Office Manager for Bierschwale Land Company, LLC, a family owned and operated company located in Junction, Texas. Carmen manages the Texas Chapter out of her office in Junction.
    Carmen graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics. She is married to Justin Bierschwale and together they have three kids.


Bylaws Committee

Rebecca McWilliams, ARA (chair) (512) 446-6114
Mark A. McAnally, ARA (512) 463-5231
Michael D. Mays, ARA, MAI (512) 863-6428
Paul E. Bierschwale, ARA (325) 446-3052
Wendell C. Wood, ARA (512) 863-6428

Young Professionals Network Committee

Austin VanHooser, AFM (817) 980-3424
Brit Lockaby, (806) 500-1021
Daniel Barnett, ARA (903) 348-8656
Erin Giesler, (325) 446-3052
Ethan L. Smith, AFM (308) 325-0630
Grant Stockbridge, (325) 347-7209
Nathan L. Tonne, ARA (325) 446-3052
Reese Griffith, (806) 281-1789

Education Committee

Mark A. Lewis, ARA (chair) (936) 632-4230
John P. (Tooter) Robertson, Jr., ARA
Justin P. Bierschwale, ARA, MAI (325) 446-3052
R. Mike Lansford, AFM (817) 884-4414
Stacy W. Jackson, ARA, MAI (903) 820-8499
Travis L. Anderson, ARA
Wayne T. Young, ARA (936) 439-0379

Membership Committee

John P. (Tooter) Robertson, Jr., ARA
Larry D. Kokel, ARA (512) 863-6428
Michael D. Mays, ARA, MAI (512) 863-6428
Mickey R. Nixon, ARA (806) 786-9958
Wayne T. Young, ARA (936) 439-0379