Stephen Schwartz was raised in East Texas, where he graduated from White Oak High School. Most of his childhood was spent hunting and fishing in the woods of East Texas, where he learned at a very young age to respect the outdoors. Following his interests, he graduated from Texas A&M University in the spring of 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Systems Management with an emphasis on rangeland and wetland management. After he graduated he began working in the engineering department at the TXU Martin Lake Mines.
He then worked for over a decade in the mining industry. For the first 7 years he worked in engineering as a surveyor and long-range planner, where he designed and led the construction of various projects ranging from initial clearing and mining activities, to permanent reclamation. Along with that he developed a special interest in land reclamation where he had hands on experience with many extensive watershed management projects. He also had a hand in developing many of the ponds, wetlands and reforested acres that are now enjoyed by many. He then spent the next 4 years as an operations supervisor learning the big picture of the entire mining process, further developing his leadership skills in managing people, money and machines.
Overall he has gained a unique perspective in the importance of sound land stewardship and how vital it is to a successful ranching operation. His unique skill set enables him to clearly visualize a property’s potential and effectively communicate that to potential buyers. He is dedicated to use that knowledge to better understand the needs of each client and will go the extra mile to ensure they are met. Stephen is a committed steward of the land which shows through continuing his education through the Quality Deer Management Association and Clemson University as a level 1 Deer Steward, which specifically focuses on intensive management for white-tailed deer. He has also been an active member of several conservation organizations such as Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Delta Waterfowl, Quality Deer Management Association, Trout Unlimited, and National Wild Turkey Federation.
Stephen is a committed husband to his wife, Lacie of 6 years, and new father to his son, West. He is a deacon at Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview and enjoys spending as much time as he can in the outdoors with both his wife and son.