Hall and Hall Discusses Ranch Real Estate at NYC Events

Scott Shuman, Jim Taylor, Tim Murphy and John Pierce engaged in a full on assault on Manhattan over the first ten days of May. The weather was spectacular with everything in bloom and mostly blue skies with perfect temperatures.

The visits were book-ended by the Annual Trout Unlimited Spring Dinner on May 2nd at the beautiful Boathouse in Central Park where Scott volunteered his auctioneer magic raising thousands of dollars for TU projects while auctioning off some amazing national and international trips. The other bookend was what has become the Annual Hall and Hall/Open Fences/Holland and Holland Event at the venerable Holland and Holland Gun Room in midtown on May 9th.

Bill Collins, vice president and director of sales at the Yellowstone Club, chats with Open Fences publisher David Light.

We had nearly 100 RSVPs and, if everyone had shown up, we would have been in pretty tight quarters! Our featured guest was Sam Byrne of Cross Harbor Capital who led the group that bought the Yellowstone Club out of bankruptcy. He spoke eloquently and humbly about his love of southwestern Montana, the strong bonds that YC has formed with organizations like Hall and Hall and our next speaker – the Yellowstone Park Foundation – and the extraordinary reception they have received under their new management with sales exceeding $300 Million already in 2013. At this pace they hope to reach capacity in 6 to 7 years.

The Annual Hall and Hall/Open Fences/Holland and Holland Event at the venerable Holland and Holland Gun Room.

Karen Kress, the executive director of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, talked about the philanthropic work they are doing in the Park which lies literally 20 miles south of the Yellowstone Club and the opportunities for major donors to have a  behind the scenes look at what is going on in the Park. The surprise of the evening was a well received presentation by the Holland and Holland crew on the evolution of the gun featuring some beautiful antique shotguns some over 150 years old.

Karen Kress, the executive director of the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

The Hall and Hall team spoke briefly about the ranch real estate market and made themselves available privately to chat with interested invitees. The drawing for the door prizes which included a guided fishing weekend, an autographed set of celebrated photographer Tom Murphy’s work The Seasons of Yellowstone, and a weekend for two at the Yellowstone Club was another of the evening’s highlights. Since you had to be present to win, there were a number of disappointed people who left early or did not attend.  All in all it was a lovely evening which was enjoyed by all who were in attendance. Again, thank you to Holland and Holland and Open Fences.

Jim Taylor, Tim Murphy and John Pierce at Holland and Holland Gun Room.


Holland and Holland New York Event with Open Fences

By: Jim Taylor

Tim Murphy and Trent Jones joined me in New York for a week of calling on friends and clients, which surrounded a Wednesday evening “Event” at the venerable Holland and Holland New York Gun Room co-hosted by our friends at Holland and Holland and David Light, editor in chief of Open Fences Magazine, which has increasingly become the venue of choice for providing the highest quality access to legitimate buyers of ranches and other rural property.

The event was a lively panel discussion that was touched off by short talks by yours truly, briefly outlining the last year in the market for investment-quality rural real estate. This was followed by an inspirational talk by Jael Kampfe, a fourth generation Montana rancher, about what ranching and ranch ownership really means to her. She also spoke briefly about her current project, which will unite like-minded investors in a unique ranch ownership strategy.

This was the third consecutive year that we joined  our co-hosts at the Holland and Holland Gun Room to invite friends and clients to share an evening of fine wine and enlightened conversation. Perhaps it is simply that the third time is the charm, but I can only say that when I wrote out the names of the 40 or so attendees for the eagerly awaited drawing  (a weekend at Cabin Bluff), I was taken by the quality of the group attending.

We were honored to have a number of existing friends and clients who came to see and support us, but the group was overwhelmingly made up of people who were genuinely interested in the ownership and management of rural property, from Chile to Canada and all points in between. We think the new format that included 3 Hall and Hall partners sharing the stage and opening the evening up as quickly as possible to questions and discussion was well received and many stayed on to pigeon hole one of us with detailed and thoughtful queries.

Hall and Hall partners Tim Murphy, Jim Taylor and Trent Jones present to a group at the Holland and Holland New York Gun Room.

David Light of Open Fences and guests enjoy a laugh and a few glasses of wine.