Heck Land History
Love of the Land Starts Early …
Kelvin’s first driving lesson was at age 8 when he and his dad were burning the weeds out of the ditches adjacent to one of their cornfields and his dad told him “run down to the end of the ditch and bring that pick-up down here.” That was in 1959, and Kelvin has been involved in virtually all aspect of production agriculture in the 5 decades since.
Waking up in the middle of the potato field in back of the family station wagon as a 5 year-old is Brian’s first farm memory. Before dawn Brian’s parents would carry Brian and his sister to the car, and let them sleep on blankets while they drove to the fields to start their farming day. As they got older, Brian and his sister joined their parents in potato harvest, as well as other aspects of farm life including the livestock they raised each year for the 4-H Fair.
And Grows Roots …
Kelvin is the great-grandson of German immigrants who settled along the fertile banks of the Kansas River, just north of Lawrence, in the late 1800s. From almost the time Kelvin could walk until he left for college, he spent summers, evenings and weekends farming alongside his grandfather and his father. Through long days in the fields Kelvin learned not only how to care for the land, but the Midwestern values of hard work and having your word be your bond. Following his graduation from the University of Kansas with a degree in Business, Kelvin returned to the family farm and carved out his own acreage where he grew corn, soybeans, potatoes and wheat, and raised livestock.
Brian’s history with Kelvin goes back to his childhood when Kelvin was a partner with Brian’s father under their partnership of Pine Congrove and Heck farms. Brian knew from childhood that his love of the family farm would lead him to K-State where he received a degree in Agribusiness. He leveraged that degree into farm lending and a few years later back to active farm production and farm management. For more than 20 years Brian actively managed more than 4,500 acres in row crops and 400 acres in sod.
And Takes Another Path …
Kelvin left the farm he loved in 1986 when he traded the daily routine of driving a combine for a real estate license, and began a highly successful career in commercial real estate. To his background in production agriculture, Kelvin has added commercial real estate designations of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) and SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors), as well as ALC (Accredited Land Consultant).
Brian left active farm management in 2013 to spend 3 years with Kcoe Isom as a Field Analyst, providing financial tools and consulting that included expertise in budget, cash flow and production costs to corporate agribusinesses as well as individual farmers and ranchers throughout the Midwest.
And Comes Back Home …
Kelvin has a unique combination of background, education, and experience, but above all he still loves the land. That love has kept him close to the farming community throughout his career, both through his continued ownership of farm land, and his decision to specialize in the sale of agricultural and recreational land.
Brian too has never been far from the land that has been in his family for 6 generations. Even his time at Kcoe Isom was dedicated to helping farm and ranch owners work through often difficult decisions facing too many farmers in today’s economy. Brian’s recent decision to team up with Kelvin at Heck Land will allow Brian to get back to his roots; driving the Kansas countryside working for clients seeking to buy or sell ag land.
The Experts to Trust
Kelvin’s clients rely on him to provide expert information on a wide range of land issues including water rights, valuation data, and the commodities market, and of course assist them in buying or selling land. His clients know him to be trustworthy and fair, and spot on in assessing situations to manage risk. He continually seeks out opportunities to learn and share that learning, and facilitates goal setting by his clients that enable them to achieve exceptional value. Kelvin brings his background as a Kansas native, land and market expert, and proven track record as both a successful farmer and land broker, to every transaction.
Brian is active throughout the region in ag and business-related community service including terms on the American Royal Junior Premium Livestock Auction Committee and the Douglas County Farm Bureau Board of Directors where he served as President. He has served as President of the Kansas Turfgrass Foundation Board of Directors and on the Douglas County Extension Council Board of Directors.
When Brian decided to get into farm and ranch brokerage, the only broker he considered affiliating with was Kelvin. “I’ve known Kelvin my entire life, and there is no one I’d trust more to teach me this business and trust to represent clients with honesty and integrity than Kelvin Heck.”
“I was in high school when Brian was born, so I’ve known Brian his entire life, and when he approached me about joining my team, there was no hesitation. Brian is one of the most hard-working and ethical people I have ever known. He loves people, and he loves serving people, and I know he will be a major asset to my team”
With this expansion, Kelvin and Brian are pleased to announce the opening of their new office located at 123 W 8th Street, Suite 202, Lawrence, Kansas. Call Kelvin or Brian today for all of your land questions and needs.