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"A successful team is a group of many hands and one mind."

 - Bill Bethel


blake hamilton

founder & ceo

Pettus has extensive investing experience across asset classes and currently serves as Chief Investment Officer of Nature’s Eye NRI. Pettus oversees closely-held family real estate assets which include over 600 units of multifamily and 300,000 sq ft of retail and commercial space in Alabama and Mississippi. 

At the Lawrence Group, Pettus led venture investing for the row crop agriculture concern. At Merrill Lynch Investment Banking and Harbert Private Equity, Pettus executed over $1 billion of M&A transactions in healthcare services, manufacturing, media and logistics.
Pettus received his BA from Princeton University, Master of Studies from Oxford University and MBA from Stanford University.

pettus randall

chief investment officer

Emily is the Brand Manager for Nature’s Eye. She earned both a Bachelor’s degree (Forestry/Wildlife Management) and a Master’s degree (Agribusiness Management) from Mississippi State University. She has been with Nature’s Eye since its inception, and has experience working in every branch of the Nature’s Eye family, from habitat development to content marketing. She nurtures her lifelong love of the outdoors through hunting, camping, hiking, and writing about her experiences. She’s passionate about conserving wild places, and cultivating an appreciation and love for the outdoors in others.

emily courtney

brand manager


In addition to office management and client relations, Kimberly assists with the development of natural resource management plans, ArcGIS mapping, curriculum development, federal and state government cost share programs, managed land programs, permitting, and property tax exemptions. She is a former independent business owner of over 20 years and graduated with honors from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry/Wildlife
Management and a minor in Biology.

kimberly dean

administrative director

Lance earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and an Associates in Applied Science. He has extensive experience in operations management with Mitsubishi where he was also a member of the Process Hazard Analysis Team and the Safety Committee. Lance’s background also includes agricultural farm management, welding, large equipment operations, and he is a Certified Industrial Firefighter. Lance has been a Committee Member with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) since 2009 and a Committee Member with the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) since 2012. He has also achieved the QDMA Deer Steward Level 1 and Level 2 Certification and is a member of the Mossy Oak ProStaff.

lance howard

operations manager

Steven Harbuck began his work with Nature’s Eye as an intern while pursuing his degree in Wildlife Management from Stephen F. Austin University. He has taken on various roles in helping to manage habitat, as well as general maintenance on the Showcase Farm. Having recently graduated, he is looking to further apply his education and gain even more experience in the field. A native Texan, he is passionate about protecting wildlife and their habitat in East Texas. He is an avid hunter and enjoys guiding clients on their hunts at the Showcase Farm.


project FOREMAN


Amanda Powell began her Real Estate career in 2010 in Nacogdoches Texas. After relocating to Maryland in early 2012 Amanda received her Maryland Real Estate license and began working for Long and Foster. Diving into helping families Amanda was awarded Rookie of the Year in 2013 and Agent of the Year in 2014 for the Baltimore and Western Maryland area. Amanda completed her Bachelors of Science degree with a concentration in Marketing in the Fall of 2012 and since 2013 she has received several real estate designations.

Amanda has sold over 300 homes using her extensive marketing knowledge and aggressive negotiation expertise. As a military spouse for almost two decades Amanda has also used her vast knowledge of the VA buying process to help service members buy and sell while also teaching classes to other Realtors.

Amanda is a full time Real Estate professional, whose goal and passion is to serve you and your real estate needs. As a homeowner, real estate investor, and all around real estate aficionado, she is passionate about working with homeowners, investors, and prospective buyers.

Amanda resides in Hudson Texas with her husband of 19 years Chris (Retired Army Veteran), and their children Krystyne (16) and Christopher (14).



Jeff Zwolinski is a member of the Nature’s Eye Signature Properties Team. He earned both a Bachelor’s degree (Urban Forestry Management), and a Master’s degree (Operations Management and Economics) from Texas A&M University. He has more than 25 years of experience in forest products operations management in East Texas and Southwest Louisiana (1988-2014), and as a Real Estate Forester/Agent specializing in recreational and investment property sales in East Texas (2014-2019). A certified Forester and a 30-year member of the Society of American Foresters, he has also been a member of the Texas Forestry Association for 25 years, serving on its Marketing Committee since 2004. 

jeff zwolinski

land agent


Jeff grew up hunting, fishing and spending the majority of his time in the outdoors. He has been selling farm and ranch real estate since 2006, has a degree in marketing from Texas A&M and since graduation he's been a hunting guide, managed hunting ranches and overseen whitetail breeding operations. He has some farming and ranching experience but his specialty is wildlife management. He is comfortable talking about anything a ranch buyer is interested in, and he is very qualified to help buyers weed through properties to find the best fit for their end use. Jeff's also been an outdoor writer for 20 years and has sold properties in a large, diverse region across Texas. Aside from his passion for hunting,
Jeff is driven by the feeling of satisfaction he gets when he matches a buyer with their "perfect" piece of property or when he finds the "perfect" buyer for a piece of property that he has listed.


land agent

Tasha earned a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Technology from Mississippi State University. She uses her knowledge of web design coupled with her insight into the vision of the company to craft our online presence. She serves as the Executive Assistant/ Technical Advisor for Nature's Eye.

tasha hamilton

executive assistant





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