Why Venture West Ranches
|When you are choosing someone to represent what might be a lifetimes worth of blood, sweat and tears or a culmination of generations of work, you want to make the right choice. Whether it is fulfilling a life long dream of owning a legacy property or selling a family farm or ranch filled with memories, we understand that at VWR. We were either raised on, operated or presently own ranches. Our ties to Montana run deep. We were born and raised here(except for the Texan) and cherish our way of life. Venture West was founded in 2005 and Curtis Van Dyken bought into the company in 2006. Curt is presently our managing broker. We currently have offices in Bozeman and Three Forks, Montana and do business all over Montana.|
We treat each client with integrity and respect and the understanding that this will be a significant transaction in their life. We use our small, very close knit team and great market knowledge to work efficiently in our clients behalf.
VWR will use every available avenue and media in marketing a property. We use drone technology, professional photography, email, internet and social media marketing, as well as, periodicals, magazines and print in general. Our approach is different than most Real Estate firms in that one of our partners comes from a marketing and print background with a solid internet expertise. We use our 40+ years of ranch and farm real estate coupled with a new fresh perspective of marketing to give your property the exposure it deserves.
It sounds cliche but we view ourselves as stewards of the land and the beauty of Montana. It is very important to us. From the use of Conservation Easements to insuring that water and wildlife are considered, we view Montana as one of the last special places on this Earth. No where else can you view the majestic landscapes, incredible history and diverse wildlife that Montana holds. That beauty deserves to be protected for future generations.
If you are looking for a Montana Ranch, Farm or Recreational property or have one you are considering marketing, please contact us. We take a very low key approach to helping our clients fulfill their dreams.
About Our Team
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.
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.
First and foremost, I am the husband of Rhonda and the father to Brady, Conner and Alexa. They keep me grounded and give me all the joy and excitement I could ever ask or hope for!
I was born and raised on a farm on the Gallatin River just 15 minutes west of Bozeman, MT. I learned early about hard work and long hours. When there was work to be done, it was done! We raised cattle, grain and hay. Following high school, I gradually left the family farm to work various construction jobs which gave me a great background for the residential side of real estate. I owned my own construction company for nearly 15 years and employed 6 to 8 employees on a regular basis where I learned what it meant to “make payroll”. The construction profession eventually led me to an opportunity to develop a small tract of land which led to a larger development. During that time, I became more and more interested in the business of Real Estate and received my license in 2009. An opportunity to become part owner in Venture West Realty presented itself and I jumped at it. Currently, Stacy Bellamy and myself share ownership and continue to operate Venture West Realty, the residential branch of Venture West Ranches. Venture West Ranches allows me to get back to my roots to what I know and love the most, the farm and ranch lifestyle, people, beauty and business. Working with farmers and ranchers is a true pleasure. Few walks of life give the perspective on life that farming and ranching does. To me, farming and ranching is the real heart and soul of this great nation. So many people trace their roots back to a grandpa or great or great great grandpa that farmed or ranched. The work ethic of farming and ranching is often a topic of conversation. What doesn’t get enough attention is the family aspect of farming and ranching. While the “family farm” is evolving and changing, in so many cases, it is still a family project. Fathers work side by side with their sons or daughters in the hope they can continue their legacy even to future generations. This spirit and drive is what makes my job the most enjoyable I can imagine. Sharing these beliefs and working towards a goal with a client that I know, understand and respect is such a privilege. Not only am I able to work with some of the clients I respect most, I am also very blessed to be working with two partners at Venture West Ranches that I also have come to know and respect greatly. I am a blessed man! Let Stacy, Buzz and myself at Venture West Ranches partner with you in the process of acquiring or selling your property and making great memories.
Stacy is a native of Montana, raised on a ranch in northern Montana, and attended Montana State University in Bozeman. He and his wife have been married 16 years and have three children..
He is a volunteer for the Three Forks Ambulance, Willow Creek Fire Department and the Deputy Fire Warden for Jefferson County. Stacy enjoys flying as a private pilot as well as fishing, hunting and playing golf.
He has been in Real Estate as a Sales Associate since 2006, specializing in farm and ranch properties.
A native Montanan, Tessa came to appreciate the beauty and atmosphere that makes Montana unique, after six years of living in California during junior high and high school. After returning to Montana, Tessa attended Billings Christian High School were she graduated as valedictorian of her class.
In 2000, Tessa followed her family to Bozeman and has enjoyed every minute of living in the Gallatin Valley. From 2001 to 2005, Tessa worked in various aspects of property management.
In 2005 she made a transition into real estate as a licensed sales assistant at Fay Ranches. In 2009 she joined the team at Venture West Realty. Real estate runs in Tessa’s blood as her great grandfather worked in farm/ranch real estate in central Montana. When not working, Tessa enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling whenever she can, and listening to good music.