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Trina Anderson, Monte Bartek, Eric Gage, and David Lynch Inducted Into the 2022 RLI APEX Producers Club


Trina Anderson, Monte Bartek, Eric Gage, and David Lynch with AFM Real Estate headquartered in Charlotte, NC, have been recognized in the APEX 2022 Producers Club by the REALTORS® Land Institute as a part of the RLI APEX Production Awards Program, sponsored by The Land Report. Anderson, Bartek, Gage, and Lynch were 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 7, during RLI’s 2023 National Land Conference (NLC23) in Denver, CO.

Trina Anderson said, “To me, this is more than an accumulation of transactions, but a testament to the rewarding relationships that I have been honored to build with some really incredible landowners and buyers.” Anderson is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in MI and a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in WI. She is the Broker-in-Charge in the Lake States Region and is a member of the National Association of Realtors® and the Upper Peninsula Association of Realtors®.

Monte Bartek said, “When I received the award, I was not only grateful for the opportunities that were provided for me to get to that level, but it encouraged me to work even harder to acquire the knowledge and skills I feel I need to keep doing what I do.” Bartek has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and is a sales agent in Arkansas and Oklahoma. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, Association of Consulting Foresters, and Arkansas and Oklahoma Board of Registration for Foresters.

Eric Gage said, “I am honored to receive the APEX Award for 2022. It would not be possible to achieve this level of production without my team of outstanding agents and support from the whole AFM and AFM Real Estate teams.”

David Lynch said, “I'm honored to have received the Apex Award for 2022. Special thanks to my assistant, Hope Smyly, for all she does. I'd also like to thank my BIC and the AFM foresters with whom I work that are always an integral part of our land brokerage business." Lynch is a Licensed Real Estate Specialist in GA and SC.

"We are proud of Trina Anderson, Monte Bartek, Eric Gage and David Lynch and all of our members that were recognized as part of our APEX Producers Club," said Aubrie about the winners.

The APEX Awards Program celebrated its sixth year by welcoming 217 applicants with a combined $7.0+ billion in qualifying transaction volume. All land professionals recognized as part of the RLI APEX Awards Program are active members of RLI. The 2022 APEX Top 20 Award winners were ranked within the top 20 applicants by qualifying production volume, starting at around $70.8M in production volume. 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 2023 issue. All land real estate professionals are invited to join RLI and apply to the prestigious APEX Awards Program next year. Winners of the 2023 APEX Awards will be announced at RLI's 2024 National Land Conference next March in Louisville, KY. Learn more at

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