Heck Land History
Love of the Land Starts Early
Kelvin Heck’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 every aspect of production agriculture in the 5 decades since.
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 niche with Pine, Congrove and Heck Farms, where he grew corn, soybeans, potatoes and wheat, and raised livestock. Kelvin was recognized by the Jaycees as “Outstanding Young Farmer” in 1982.
Kelvin left active farming in 1986 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). Throughout the past 25 years Kelvin has worked with numerous national and regional clients, as well as dozens of area land owners (including Pioneer Hi-Bred, Pine Family Farms, and the KU Endowment Association).
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, recreational, and development land.
Expert 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. He has become the “go to” guy in every aspect of the purchase and sale of farm, recreational, and development land. Call him today for all of your land questions and needs.