Jose’ Cruz was originally raised on a small farm in St. Charles County and later attended the University of Missouri, Columbia. As a 1989 graduate in Agricultural Mechanization, he returned to develop the first 100% biodiesel powered truck in the U. S. While working for the university he was hired away as a territory manager to represent Fabick Tractor’s agricultural division. In 2001 a unique opportunity offered itself as he was able to start a large farming operation near Jefferson City. He began to farm and took a management position at a construction company. In 2006 he became a sales associate for United Country Real Estate. His background provided the expertise to sell farms, recreational, and commercial properties. His success led him to receive the Pinnacle Silver award in both 2008 and 2010. Jose’ contributes his success to honesty, attention to detail, and listening to the needs and wants of his clients.
Sarah Verdone was born and raised in St. Charles County, Missouri. She spent much of her childhood on her family’s farm in Hermann where she developed a deep, lifelong appreciation for nature and wildlife. After high school, Sarah moved to Kansas City to attend the University of Missouri- Kansas City to study natural and social sciences. Wanting to return to her roots, she decided to relocate to the majestic Lake of the Ozarks where she earned her Realtor license and began working for United Country. Sarah’s wide array of interests include geology and rock-hunting, photography and graphic design, animals, jewelry making, and spending time in nature.
Dana Poe was born and lived most of her life in Hermann Missouri. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking, camping, gardening, etc. Her love for buildings & homes started as early as 7th and 8th grade. She enrolled in drafting classes every year in high school and earned a drafting award at graduation. After high school she attended Arkansas State University and East Central College in Missouri studying Architectural Drafting. Later in life she worked as a draftsman for a couple of engineering companies in Franklin County and also for an architect in Wildwood. After working in Wildwood for 2 years, in 2001 Dana also started a part-time painting business in Hermann which soon grew to full time. This career move was beneficial in the way that it allowed her to stay somewhat local and have a flexible schedule to raise her son Dylan. She's painted interiors and exteriors of many homes within a 90 mile radius. Projects ranging from elegant bedrooms to being part of a team that flipped 9 houses. She's met hundreds of wonderful clients in her 13 year painting career, many who've ended up becoming like family. Becoming a Realtor is a very exciting change for her. Now that her son is older & independent, she's even more determined and enthusiastic to continue helping people with their homes, this time by selling one they've grown out of or finding them the perfect one to settle in to!
Bill Bader was born and raised on a farm in Hermann Missouri, and grew up raising hogs, cattle, and row crops along the Loutre River. His wide array of experience working in agriculture, excavating, land grading, equipment operation, and with the USDA Farm Service Agency has provided Bill with the specific knowledge necessary to be a successful rural Realtor. Bill has six children which keep him and his wife busy, but in his free time he enjoys being in the great outdoors, fishing, and hunting.
Darrell Campbell grew up in the small town of Belle, Missouri. He spent his younger years working on his family owned cattle farm, as well as helping on other cattle farms in the area. After high school he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics. Upon graduation he accepted a position as foreman for Excel Beef Packers where he gained knowledge in the commercial livestock industry. In 1987 he was offered the position of County Executive Director of Farm Services Agency in Callaway County, where, for 30 years, he assisted farmers in the community with their operations. Working for FSA has allowed him to gain the deepest insight to all aspects of farming. From the economics to conservation practices to soil types and yield potentials, his knowledge of farm land is limitless. In January of 2017 Darrell decided to retire and begin a new chapter utilizing his knowledge of agriculture. His goal is to continue to assist farmers by helping them market their properties. Darrell continues to reside on his farm in Fulton, Missouri along with his wife of 35 years. They are proud to have raised a son and a daughter, and are happy to be blessed with a grandson.
Lauren Cowell grew up in St. Louis County, Missouri, spending a lot of her time playing sports throughout her school years. She graduated high school in 2013 and later attended the University of Missouri- St. Louis to study business and finance. Growing up learning to love the outdoors at a young age, Lauren continues to maintain her love by hunting, fishing, golfing, and spending time outside with her dog. During the summers, she spends as much time as possible at the Lake of the Ozarks with her family. Lauren received her Realtor license in 2017 and is excited to join the United Country Land and Lake Properties team to pursue her love for the outdoors and serve her community by helping clients buy and sell homes, land, and recreation property throughout mid-Missouri and the Lake of the Ozarks.
Derek Ridder is a sixth generation family farmer in Bay, MO, just south of Hermann. He is an operating partner in Ridder Farms LLC, a purebred Charolais and Simmental seedstock producer with 275 cows. Ridder Farms shows and sells breeding stock across North America. Derek is proud of the National Champions Ridder Farms has exhibited but is most proud of being voted on by his peers for the prestigious award of the National Charolais Herdsman of the Year in 2014. Derek is an active leader in local, state and national cattle associations. Along with his work at Ridder Farms he has traveled across the U.S. fitting cattle for many of the major National shows in several different cattle breeds. He worked several years helping operate a 1,000 head commercial cow operation and show cattle operation producing embryo calves and showing cattle on a custom basis. In his free time he enjoys hunting, golfing, MU Tigers basketball and football, Cardinals baseball and truck pulling with his brothers. Derek is a graduate of Hermann High School and the University of Missouri earning a B.S. in Agricultural Education Leadership and Communications with a minor in Agricultural Economics in 2006. He has been involved in real estate sales since 2008. His background lends itself to rural property assessment and its potential uses and management.