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

 - Bill Bethel

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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

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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

Brandon Tucker is the Chief Management Officer for Nature’s Eye. Brandon served 12+ years as a US Navy SEAL where he attended the Joint Special Operations
University and received a military studies degree in strategic leadership. He joined
the Nature's Eye team in 2018 where he quickly excelled in project management,
organizational leadership, and the development of strategic partnerships. Brandon has spent a lifetime in the outdoors doing everything from hunting and fishing to land navigation and fieldcraft survival skills. His love of the land and ensuring its legacy lives on to be passed down to his kids drives him forward.

brandon tucker

Chief management officer

Marian Corley is a land agent for Nature’s Eye Signature Properties. Joining the team in March of 2019, she brings with her 13 years of previous real estate experience and degrees in both Real Estate and Drafting & Design from Angelina College. Growing up in the timber industry and being raised as a hunter channeled her passion towards nature at a young age. Throughout adulthood she has also become an investor in properties across East Texas giving her valuable experience in property valuation and development.

marian Temple corley

broker

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

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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.

jeff COPELAND

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

Kim earned her Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Texas A&M University and her Master's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. She worked in law enforcement for five years before beginning a career in marketing and public relations. She first served as the Assistant Director of Marketing at Woodland Heights Medical Center, then as the Public Relations Director and Event Planner at Brookshire Brothers Corp.  

kim ogden

director of public relations

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.

STEVEN HARBUCK

project FOREMAN

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