Sunderman Farm Management Company was founded in 1961 by Roger Sunderman. Roger brought 16 years of farm management and land sales experience with him to the new business. In 1969, Brian Larson began his career with the Sunderman company. Brian brought with him 9 years of experience from the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. His area of expertise was tile drainage system engineering and design. The partnership turned into the success that Sunderman Farm Management Company is today. Brian has been the owner of the company since 1988. With long-term employees and an honest, open, and trustworthy approach to client relationships, the Sunderman team represents more than 200 years of combined experience. This experience, combined with expertise in production agriculture and management, provides landowners with the highest quality service in the industry.
Brian Larson is a lifelong resident of Webster County and currently owns and operates Sunderman Farm Management Company. For more than 50 years, he’s been a professional farm manager and has held an Iowa real estate broker’s license. He is also an Iowa Notary Public. Prior to becoming a professional farm manager, Brian spent nine years with the Soil Conservation Service in Webster and Humboldt Counties. During that time, he worked with soils, drainage, and land and water conservation. In addition to his duties as a professional farm manager, he also owns and operates a 600-acre farm with his three sons in Webster County. On his farm he raises corn, soybeans, cover crops, and hay.
Mark Thompson began working as part of the Sunderman team in 1990. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Studies and Farm Operation from Iowa State University and has been farming since 1983. He has also held a real estate license for more than 30 years. He currently manages and operates a 900-acre corn and soybean operation with his father. Mark and his wife live in Badger with their two children.
Brent Larson joined the Sunderman team in 2005 and is a licensed Iowa real estate broker & REALTOR®, appraiser, and crop insurance salesperson. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the US Air Force Academy, a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, and a Master of Professional Agriculture from Iowa State University. Brent received the Iowa Soybean Association’s (ISA) Environmental Leader Award in 2018 for his conservation efforts. In 2023 he was selected as a member of the ISA’s Front Forty – a champion for sustainable soil and water management practices. He is also a lifetime member of Practical Farmers of Iowa. He is a retired Air Force officer, serving for nearly 30 years on both active and reserve duty. He was raised on a family farm in Webster County where he now lives and farms with his family.
Jon Larson became a real estate sales representative with the Sunderman team in 1999. He works on real estate transactions and real estate valuations. He grew up in the Badger area just north of Fort Dodge and has operated his family farm for more than 40 years. He also spent six years as an employee with Land O’ Lakes. Jon and his wife have three daughters and a son. Jon and his son farm together in the Badger and Vincent area.
Jenene Friedrichs joined the Sunderman team as the office manager at the end of 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from the University of Northern Iowa. She was born and raised in Fort Dodge, and after living in Minneapolis for a short time after college she moved back to Fort Dodge with her husband to raise their three young children. She has over 15 years of experience working in the fields of accounting, banking, and tax preparation.
Jon Flattery became a part of the Sunderman team in 2020. A 2013 graduate of Minnesota State and Iowa Central, Jon put his degrees in Business Management and Administration, and Agriculture Business to good use while at Taylor Land Management. Jon is a licensed real estate salesperson and associate appraiser in the State of Iowa. Currently, Jon lives on a farm north of Fort Dodge with his wife and 4 children where he owns and operates the family farm with his dad.
Brent Taylor was born and raised in northern Adair County, Iowa. In 1979 he received an Ag Business degree from Iowa State University. Taylor started managing farms in 1979 in southern Iowa. In the early 80’s he and his family moved to Fort Dodge where Taylor continued to manage farms in North Central Iowa. Taylor received his Certified General Appraisal license in 1992. Taylor Land Management was also formed in 1992. Brent Taylor is also a licensed real estate broker. He and his wife Kathy reside in Fort Dodge and are proud parents of 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
Marilyn Ropte has lived in Fort Dodge most of her life. She is married and has two grown daughters. Marilyn worked at city hall for 10 years and before raising her family at home. Marilyn worked for Taylor Land Management for 25 years, but this will actually be Marilyn’s second time with Sunderman Farm Management, as she was with them in 1979 for several years and is happy to be back.