Montana Stockgrowers Association – Life Planning Seminar Part: 1

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Eating Sunshine

A roundtable discussion with The Four Horsemen

2017 MT Stockgrowers Convention

Dec. 13-14, 2017

How do you eat sunshine? Simply by doing your life’s work. Every day, you convert sunshine, water, and dirt into food through your livestock or crops. That food is converted into money and then into the things you need to provide for your family and grow your business. Because you are fed, housed and provided for, you can spend more time turning sunshine into money, and the cycle continues. You may be a rancher or farmer, but what you really are is an expert at converting raw materials into a livelihood. 

What else have you been converting? Time into memories…money into experiences…work into a ranch/farm…relationships into a family…passions into making a difference…and all of these into a legacy?

As MasterCard eloquently put it, things may cost money, but the experiences and relationships enabled by those things are what matter.

They are “Priceless.” 

How do you convert more of your time and money into priceless things? 

– First, you need to define what is priceless to you, Is it family? Legacy? Integrity? 

– Next, ask yourself what gives shape to that thing. If legacy matters most, what does that look like to you? Is it your farm, passed successfully to the third generation? 

– Once you know where you want to be, you can create a plan today to reach that goal. An asset protection strategy can ensure that your farm is there, strong and ready to pass on.

We will be speaking at a Cattleman’s College during the 2017 Montana Stockgrowers’ Convention on December 13-14. We is a rare coming together of a Financial Planner, Business Consultant, Tax Attorney and Real Estate agent who are all well versed in our respective fields and who have ranching backgrounds. Between now and then, we will send you a weekly email about who we are and how we can help you connect your life’s work to the things that matter most. At the Cattleman’s College, you will learn more about our team and process. 

We hope to see you soon. In the meantime, please send us your questions about your future issues or plans. As you think about all of the financial options available – the strategies, legal structures, tax consequences, estate planning, real estate needs, or financial planning opportunities-what do you want to know? If you email your questions to, we will do our best to weave them into our presentation (without identifying you) so you can get the answers you need.


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About Buzz Tatom

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Buzz Tatom is a ranch owner and has built, run and sold numerous businesses in his career. This gives him a unique background in helping Montana farmers and ranchers navigate the life decisions that we all have to face. Whether it is passing the ranch on to the next generation or planning for eventual sale, his talents and contacts help save clients money and navigate complicated transactions.

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He still owns the 5T Ranch in Texas but now calls Big Sky, MT home. His background in Texas included finding run down ranches and rehabilitating them into show place properties. From building lakes, stocking fish, to managing for wildlife he has a proven record of increasing values of properties that have given families great memories and returns.

His successful business background allows him to have good knowledge in contracts, dealing with people and has a wide variance of knowledge from his experience in dealing with oil and gas companies on his properties to manufacturing background to knowing who to call to get answers.

He has a BBA from Texas Tech University and got his MBA from Southern Methodist University. While at Texas Tech, he played football and was a 3 year starter as a Tight End. He bought into a Printing company at the age of 24 and grew it ten fold by the time it was sold in 2011.

Buzz teaches part time at Montana State University and loves mentoring students. He has been married to the love of his life, Kathy Tatom, for 25 years and has one son(Tate) and 2 daughters(Sayler and Emmy).

His hobbies include hunting, fly fishing, improving the 5T and following his son Tate in his golf career at the Air Force Academy. His life is divided between family, volunteering, teaching part time at MSU and Church.


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