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STEVE MENG

Founder/Chairman

Steve Meng is the founder of Base Camp Leasing, American Hunting Lease Association, and Base Camp Country Real Estate. He has held his Indiana Real Estate license since 2004. Steve grew up on a wheat, cattle, and hog farm in south-central Kansas before attending Fort Hays State University to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Agri-business in 1988.

He worked in the grain industry mostly as a commodity broker for the first 15 years of his career. The ability to understand the pride and the economics of land ownership has been an integral part of building three successful businesses. Steve manages his businesses on the principle of urgency. Attention to detail is not optional for him. “Do what you say you will and do it promptly and everything else falls in place.”

Base Camp Leasing was the pioneer of hunting leases in the Midwest and continues to be the leader. It has always been about creating more access for superior managed hunting, and land ownership is just the next natural progression. Bowhunting is a passion of Steve’s and has taken him across most of the midwestern states in pursuit of whitetail. Predator hunting is another sport not often passed up.

LAND PROFESSIONALS

I L L I N O I S   L A N D   P R O F E S S I O N A L S

Shawn Bannister

Central Illinois
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Managing Broker – Lic. Illinois

Rod Shepard

West-Central Illinois
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Illinois

Curt Myers

Western Illinois
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Illinois

Todd Pinkerton

East Illinois
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Illinois

Ben Plattner

Illinois
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Illinois

Steve Skalandis

North Illinois
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Illinois

I N D I A N A   L A N D   P R O F E S S I O N A L S

Dean Brandt

East-Central Indiana
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Managing Broker – Lic. Indiana

Caleb Thorne

South-Central Indiana
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Indiana

Patrick McFadden

West-Central Indiana
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Indiana

Zack York

Central Indiana
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Indiana

K A N S A S   L A N D   P R O F E S S I O N A L S

Jeff Long

Kansas
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Kansas

Brandon Cutler

Kansas
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Kansas

Shay Stephens 

Kansas
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Kansas

K E N T U C K Y   L A N D   P R O F E S S I O N A L S

Adam Slutzky

Kentucky
Managing Broker

 Managing Broker – Lic. Kentucky

Don Winterrowd

Western Kentucky
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Kentucky

M I C H I G A N   L A N D   P R O F E S S I O N A L S

Gerald Feenstra

West-Central Michigan
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Managing Broker – Lic. Michigan

Mitch Feenstra

West-Central Michigan
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Michigan

CJ Bona

Michigan
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Michigan

M I N N E S O T A   L A N D   P R O F E S S I O N A L S

Kraig Knaack

Minnesota
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Managing Broker – Lic. Minnesota

John Anderson

Minnesota
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Land Professional – Lic. Minnesota

M I S S O U R I   L A N D   P R O F E S S I O N A L S

Adam Slutzky

Missouri
Managing Broker

 Managing Broker – Lic. Missouri

Jeff Long

Missouri
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Missouri

O H I O   L A N D   P R O F E S S I O N A L S

Josh Imber

Ohio
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Ohio

Ryan White

Ohio
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Ohio

Joe Hise

Ohio
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Managing Broker – Lic. Ohio

W I S C O N S I N   L A N D   P R O F E S S I O N A L S

Kraig Knaack

East-Central Wisconsin
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Managing Broker – Lic. Wisconsin

Craig Zwiers

East-Central Wisconsin
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Wisconsin

Ben Tourdot

Wisconsin
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Wisconsin

J.T. Kreager

Chief Executive Officer

JT has a successful track record of business leadership in a wide variety of companies. His sales and marketing background always keeps his focus on leveraging growth through innovation. In each step of his career, his attention has always been centered around taking great care of customers, employees and shareholders.

A family man, married for over 28 years he has three kids, all of which have become successful hunters themselves. In addition to his own kids, he’s enjoyed the privilege of introducing many friends and family members to the outdoors as well. His deep passion for hunting, fishing and conservation is a part of his lifestyle and efforts to ensure a bright future for the next generation. An avid bowhunter, he has hunted and harvested a variety of big game species in 20 states and 3 provinces (so far) including several very memorable and successful trips with Steve.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this team!” says Kreager.

Nathan Mrnak

Chief Operating Officer

Nathan Mrnak is the COO of Base Camp Country Real Estate and Base Camp Leasing.

Being able to work in several leadership positions within the outdoor industry has only strengthened his resolve to continue to serve in positions that cater to landowners and hunters alike. Nathan understands the important influence both landowners and hunters play in the conservation of our hunting heritage, traditions, and wildlife.

Growing up in rural Northern Minnesota set the foundation for Nathan’s love of the outdoors and his future career in the outdoor industry. As a kid that grew up on a steady diet of venison, ruffed grouse, and walleye, his desire to contribute to his family’s freezer and table fare quickly turned into a deep connection with the wildlife he pursued and a passion to become an accomplished outdoorsman.

Tom James

National Sales Manager

I live in rural Hancock County with my wife, Lora, and my 2 daughters, Morgan and Lauren. I graduated from Purdue University with a major in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Wildlife Management. I owned and operated a design/installation/maintenance landscaping company for 24 years servicing the Indianapolis area. I have been privileged to be a team member of the web-based series “The Management Advantage” an online show which teaches and promotes the best practices for land and wildlife management for today’s involved landowners and managers.

How It Started

While most kids were sleeping in or playing after school, as a youth, Tom James was up hours before daylight and in the outdoors until dark checking trap lines for muskrat, mink, raccoons and red fox. His passion for…

STEVE MENG

Founder/Chairman

Steve Meng is the founder of Base Camp Leasing, American Hunting Lease Association, and Base Camp Country Real Estate. He has held his Indiana Real Estate license since 2004. Steve grew up on a wheat, cattle, and hog farm in south-central Kansas before attending Fort Hays State University to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Agri-business in 1988.

He worked in the grain industry mostly as a commodity broker for the first 15 years of his career. The ability to understand the pride and the economics of land ownership has been an integral part of building three successful businesses. Steve manages his businesses on the principle of urgency. Attention to detail is not optional for him. “Do what you say you will and do it promptly and everything else falls in place.”

Base Camp Leasing was the pioneer of hunting leases in the Midwest and continues to be the leader. It has always been about creating more access for superior managed hunting, and land ownership is just the next natural progression. Bowhunting is a passion of Steve’s and has taken him across most of the midwestern states in pursuit of whitetail. Predator hunting is another sport not often passed up.

LAND PROFESSIONALS

Illinois Land Professionals

Shawn Bannister

Central Illinois
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Managing Broker – Lic. Illinois

Rod Shepard

West-Central Illinois
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Illinois

Curt Myers

Western Illinois
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Illinois

Todd Pinkerton

East Illinois
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Illinois

Ben Plattner

Illinois
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Illinois

Indiana Land Professionals

Dean Brandt

East-Central Indiana
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Managing Broker – Lic. Indiana

Caleb Thorne

South-Central Indiana
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Indiana

Patrick McFadden

West-Central Indiana
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Indiana

Zack York

Central Indiana
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Indiana

Kansas Land Professionals

Brandon Cutler

Kansas
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Kansas

Jeff Long

Kansas
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Kansas

Shay Stephens

Kansas
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Kansas

Kentucky Land Professionals

Adam Slutzky

Kentucky
Managing Broker

 Managing Broker – Lic. Kentucky

Don Winterrowd

Western Kentucky
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Kentucky

Michigan Land Professionals

Gerald Feenstra

West-Central Michigan
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Managing Broker – Lic. Michigan

Mitch Feenstra

West-Central Michigan
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Michigan

CJ Bona

Michigan
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Michigan

Minnesota Land Professionals

Kraig Knaack

Minnesota
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Managing Broker – Lic. Minnesota

John Anderson

Minnesota
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Managing Broker – Lic. Minnesota

Ohio Land Professionals

Josh Imber

Ohio
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Ohio

Ryan White

Ohio
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Ohio

Joe Hise

Ohio
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Managing Broker – Lic. Ohio

Wisconsin Land Professionals

Kraig Knaack

East-Central Wisconsin
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Managing Broker – Lic. Wisconsin

Craig Zwiers

East-Central Wisconsin
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Wisconsin

Ben Tourdot

Wisconsin
Recreational & Farm Land Professional

Lic. Wisconsin