Derek Ridder is a sixth generation family farmer in Bay, MO, just south of Hermann. He is an operating partner in Ridder Farms LLC, a purebred Charolais and Simmental seedstock producer with 275 cows. Ridder Farms shows and sells breeding stock across North America. Derek is proud of the National Champions Ridder Farms has exhibited but is most proud of being voted on by his peers for the prestigious award of the National Charolais Herdsman of the Year in 2014. Derek is an active leader in local, state and national cattle associations. Along with his work at Ridder Farms, he has traveled across the U.S. fitting cattle for many of the major National shows in several different cattle breeds. He worked several years helping operate a 1,000 head commercial cow operation and show cattle operation producing embryo calves and showing cattle on a custom basis. In his free time he enjoys hunting, golfing, MU Tigers basketball and football, Cardinals baseball and truck pulling with his brothers. Derek is a graduate of Hermann High School and the University of Missouri earning a B.S. in Agricultural Education Leadership and Communications with a minor in Agricultural Economics in 2006. He has been involved in real estate sales since 2008. His background lends itself to rural property assessment and its potential uses and management.
Sarah Verdone was born and raised in St. Charles County, Missouri. She spent much of her childhood on her family’s farm in Hermann where she developed a deep, lifelong appreciation for nature and wildlife. After high school, Sarah moved to Kansas City to attend the University of Missouri- Kansas City to study natural and social sciences. Sarah’s wide array of interests include geology and rock-hunting, photography and graphic design, animals, jewelry making, and spending time in nature. Sarah currently serves as the Marketing Director for United Country Land and Lake Properties where she creates marketing plans for properties and advertisements for multiple different media outlets.