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Eric Gage, ALC Recognized as the 2023 RLI APEX National Broker of the Year in Timber Land Sales


Eric Gage, ALC, with AFM Real Estate in Lufkin, TX, has been recognized as the APEX 2023 National Broker of the Year in Timber Land Sales by the REALTORS® Land Institute as a part of the RLI APEX Production Awards Program, sponsored by The Land Report. Gage was recognized by RLI CEO Aubrie Kobernus, MBA, RCE, as well as The Land Report’s Co-founders Eddie Lee Rider Jr. and Eric O’Keefe at a special awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 12, during RLI’s 2024 National Land Conference (NLC24) in Louisville, KY.

“I could not have won this award without the support of the AFM Real Estate team and my coworkers at American Forest Management. The tools, technology, and knowledge that they provide make it possible for me to achieve results like this,” said Gage upon receiving the award. Gage serves East Texas, SE Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. He is a Certified Forester, Accredited Land Consultant, and Licensed Real Estate Broker in TX, LA, OK, and AR.

“We are incredibly proud of Eric for his accomplishments in 2023. It takes a significant amount of transaction volume to achieve a National Broker of the Year award. It speaks to his dedication to both the industry and his clients. He is truly among the most accomplished professionals in land real estate,” said Aubrie about the winners.

The APEX Awards Program celebrated its seventh year by welcoming 199 applicants totaling a combined $6.05+ billion in qualifying transaction volume, 7,528 transaction sides, and 961,248 acres sold. All land professionals recognized as part of the RLI APEX Awards Program are active members of RLI.

For more information on the award winners, make sure to get a copy of The Land Report, one of the industry’s leading magazines for landowners and land professionals, which will be publicizing the top winners in their upcoming Spring 2024 issue. All land real estate professionals are invited to join RLI and apply to the prestigious APEX Awards Program next year. Winners of the 2024 APEX Awards will be announced at RLI’s 2025 National Land Conference next March in Tucson, AZ. Learn more at

With a rich history and millions of acres of experience, AFM Real Estate (AFMRE) is committed to our agents and their success. We are a specialized land brokerage service focusing on timberland, agriculture, recreation, and conservation properties. We engage with motivated individuals and partner with them to succeed. Our partnership package with our independent contractors is one of the most favorable opportunities in the land sales business. Our approach is unique; AFMRE is not a franchise real estate firm. We are a business owned by employee shareholders seeking to build lasting relationships with landowners across the United States.