Gwen Wagner- Broker/Co-Owner
My brother and I were born to multi-generational farmers and ranchers who relocated to Nebraska and South Dakota in the late 1800’s. My Mother was a teacher and my Dad was an “old-time cowboy”. We fished in the Missouri River, stock ponds, and creeks. We hunted pheasants, ducks, geese, deer and coyotes. We were organic before we knew it was “cool”; raising our own chickens and vegetables, milking our cows and making our own butter, cottage cheese and ice cream! We worked hard, played hard, and grew up with a love of family and friends and a sense of community.
My great-uncles homesteaded north of Winnett, MT in the 1920’s and I loved Montana from the first time I saw it. When I was 5 I said “I’m going to live in the mountains someday”. I’ve now been here almost 50 years and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon.
There are sounds, smells, sights, experiences and people that can only be found in a ranching community and each ranch has its own personality. Land holdings are just like us: some large, some small, some open, some closed, tall mountains or peaceful meadows and valleys, but there is one thing they all have in common – they all have a legacy and a story to tell.
If you are selling your ranch, you have been blessed with a gift and an opportunity for a time. It will now pass to the next caregiver. If you are buying a ranch, you are also blessed with the gift of being able to embrace a lifestyle and the land with which you are entrusted. Dad always told us to leave a place better than we found it but don’t try to make it like the place you left. I hope that is what you experience….whether in ranching or your life. I look forward to meeting you and discussing how I can help you create your legacy.
Rick Eisen- Broker/Co-Owner
Rick Eisen was born in Illinois but has spent the last 38 years in Montana enjoying the recreational advantages it offers. With over 29 years on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade as a commodities broker, he has extensive investment experience and uses that experience when investing in real estate.
With over 100 properties purchased and sold for his own portfolio, he understands at times the personal risk taken in particular decisions, but also the rewards when the right choice is made. He knows what it takes to successfully market a property and takes the time to match the right person with the right opportunity.
With a track record of success and a reputation for confidentiality, integrity and client focused service; Rick will deliver the exceptional results you deserve.
Les Mathson- Broker
Born and raised in western North Dakota, Les brings 30+ years of sales experience to Legacy Lands, LLC. He began his sales career with IBM where he learned a solid code of ethics, integrity and professionalism. After extensively traveling for his career, Les and his wife decided to semi-retire and settle in the Paradise Valley/Livingston area. Les chose to continue to use his sales experience and got his Montana real estate sales person and broker’s license. He has been selling properties in Big Timber, Livingston, Paradise Valley and Bozeman for over ten years.
He enjoys meeting people and is an avid believer in customer service. He works to meet his client’s needs whether that be the perfect home within their budget or selling a home so his client can move on to their next stage of life. Les and his beautiful wife have been married for 47 years, raised 3 children and have 8 grandchildren who love to visit Montana every chance they get. Les is a Vietnam veteran who loves to golf, float the Yellowstone River, fly fish, hunt and enjoy all the outdoor recreational activities the area has to offer.
Cody Carestia- Broker
Cody is one of our statewide agents, splitting time between his Dillon and Townsend, Montana homes. He is centrally located to cover the majority of the state and is no stranger to just about every area and market Montana has to offer. Raised on a registered black angus ranch in the beautiful Big Hole Valley in the small town of Wise River, Montana, Cody was immersed in Montana’s great outdoors from an early age, helping him develop a great appreciation for wildlife and the land that supports it.
From fly-fishing on the Big Hole river, to pursuing mountain lions in the Big Belt mountains, Cody has been exploring Montana since he was old enough to hold a fly rod. Attending Western Montana College, Cody split his time between school, guiding hunters in the fall, fly fishing on the Big Hole and Beaverhead rivers through the summer months, and riding saddle broncs. Cody won numerous saddle bronc titles along with multiple Northern Rodeo Association finals qualifications, holding a PRCA card and being a 3X PRCA Great Lakes Circuit Finals qualifier.
Cody brings a true working knowledge of the land as well as a lifetime of contacts throughout Montana and the West. Being raised in a home with an attorney as a father, he is a natural translator between the land and the real estate sales side of Legacy Lands.
Tanner Viers- Broker
Born and raised in the Shields Valley, Tanner is a 5th generation Montanan. Being a 3rd generation in Real Estate gives him years of experience beyond measure. At the young age of sixteen, Tanner owned and operated his own fencing business which supplemented his tuition to Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in surveying in 2007, he moved to Colorado and eventually joined the oil boom.
In 2013, he moved with his wife Beth and daughter Kila back to the beloved Shields Valley. His youngest child, Rylan, just turned two and loves being outside as much as his Daddy. There is a strong conviction for sharing the pleasures and treasures that growing up in Montana brings to life.
Whether you seek a new home, a piece of land to call your own or a ranch to hand down for generations, you can feel confident that Tanner, a man of honesty and integrity will always treat your experience with the respect it deserves. Your heritage is important.
Melissa O’Hair- Agent
Melissa O’Hair grew up in northern Minnesota and moved to Montana upon graduating high school and has called the Big Sky State her home since. Paradise Valley became her home after marrying Todd O’Hair, a 5th generation member of the local O’Hair Ranch family.
Two of their children attend local public schools and the third, after graduating from Montana State University’s pre-med program will be moving on to medical school with the Air Force ROTC program.
An accomplished chef, Melissa is one of the premier caterers in the area offering culinary excellence to groups as large as 1000. Melissa spends her free time with her family, including basketball games with her daughter and rodeos with her son, an aspiring saddle bronc cowboy.
With an exceptional eye for quality and potential, Melissa can help you find the Paradise Valley and Livingston area property that meets your expectations.