Leaving her successful executive life of over a decade to run and manage her leadership and corporate coaching business.
A loving and caring wife, mother of three young boys, and an active philanthropist, Sarah Gibbons is a leading success coach who left all of her seemingly perfect career in the tech-business industry to fill a void she felt deep down. Despite her numerous success and accomplishments in over a decade of pioneering tech businesses in North America and Europe, Sarah still felt the lack of contentment and a drive and hunger for a different kind of fulfillment.
Upon returning to the US from London, Sarah Gibbons earned her Master in Psychology while raising her three young boys with her youngest only under 5 years old at the time. Then, she later established and built her own coaching business Sarah Gibbons & Co. which is based in Los Angeles. Sarah works with clients virtually around the globe including top-level Executives, Founders, and industry-leading Entrepreneurs in the Tech, Film, and Creative Arts Industries for both established public companies and growing and innovative brands. Sarah’s coaching concepts and techniques are designed for individual executives and teams who want to lead and live from a place of presence, purpose, and power to exponentially grow professionally without sacrificing their personal lives.
Before starting her business, Sarah Gibbons drove results for brands including Amazon.com, IMDb (an Amazon company), Fox Interactive Media, and Rotten Tomatoes. Sarah advanced to lead teams globally and consistently leading team members to surpass goals and deliver sales growth. Still, Sarah wanted more. She wanted to help others achieve their full potential because it’s what gets her more excited than anything. She knew that was HER legacy.
As an Executive Success Coach, Sarah is very passionate about helping powerful leaders live their legacy today. She does this through her group and 1-on-1 coaching, the annual Tidal Summit, and four proprietary corporate programs known as “The Boards”. The latest Board launching at the end of April 2021, The Circuit Board, is created for the busy professional who’s seeking reconnection and effective leadership tools after a year of this pandemic. It’s the most cost-effective, time-conscious, and results-driven leadership program that Sarah has created yet.
Also, Sarah Gibbons & Co is focusing on helping leaders grow exponentially and experience their infinite potential. Her clients have grown their income and revenue as much as three times, landed better projects, launched new businesses, and achieved greater satisfaction in their professional and personal lives because of her coaching programs. All of these were because of her bold risk in investing six figures for her training and incorporating her corporate background with her extensive professional development. This dauntless yet smart move helped Sarah develop a vast array of coaching tools that help her groups, 1-on-1 clients, and workshop participants experience powerful insights and often dramatic transformation that are leading them towards building and living their legacies.
Sarah Gibbons can now finally say that she has indeed made the right decision in leaving her career and starting her own business. After years of tenacious and passionate effort, having her first full year as an entrepreneur/business owner, Sarah earned more money than she ever did while working for someone else.
The Perfect Investment: RAD Diversified and Income-Producing Farms
Amidst the global lockdown of 2020, Dutch Mendenhall, founder of RADD America, began looking for an alternative to standard residential real-estate investments. So, he turned his analysis to farms and was blown away by the immense potential he saw. After going public in late 2019, RADD America purchased US farmland and made slices of the real estate available at minimum investments of $10,000.
Income-producing farms vs. other real estate asset classes
According to Mendenhall, an apartment complex in today’s US real estate market commands approximately a 4% or 5% cap rate. Farms offer somewhere around a 15% to 20% cap rate.
“When I first began looking at investing in farms, I compared each acre to an apartment or housing unit,” Mendenhall recalls. “The variety that income-producing farms provide is what I really love about them as an opportunity. With one season producing wheat and corn the next, you can double tap — you can raise livestock on top of agriculture. Putting money into the farm only pays off in time. Everything from improving soil to increasing irrigation makes a major impact on potential income, and so much of America’s farmland has fallen into disrepair during the last 20 years.”
When Mendenhall began investing during the early days of the pandemic, sustainable acres of producing farmland sold anywhere from $3,500 to $5,000. Today, he finds that income-producing acres of farmland easily sell for $9,500 to $10,000.
“I’ve seen farmland values almost double during the last couple of years,” Mendenhall says. “Currently, we’re in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Idaho, but we are analyzing land all over America. What reports don’t show is the difference between a properly maintained acre of farmland and an acre that is in disarray. There’s only so much workable farmland on the market today. We’ve hit the tipping point, and now, there’s a scarcity of land for people to buy. If you have the opportunity to purchase amazing agricultural land, you have to pull the trigger quickly.”
Income-producing farms as an asset class
Mendenhall is no stranger to investors. Since 2006, he’s connected them to deals in short sales, wholesaling, residential properties, and storage units, though he admits that every asset class has caused the same excitement as farmland. “At this point, we can’t find enough bargains for our investors,” he says. “They take real pride in their investments and keep asking us for more.”
RADD America takes a true grassroots approach when connecting its investors to farmland. “The farming world is different from any other in real estate,” explains Mendenhall. “We start by having our acquisitions and agricultural teams meet with farmers. When we get ready to brand cattle or plant, all the local farmers come and help. In the same spirit, our teams go out and help the local farmers when it’s their turn to brand and plant. To do it right, you have to build a relationship and a connection that’s quite different than other types of investing.”
RADD America is composed of expert investors and expert farmers. The company offers its investments through fractionalized ownership. In other words, the company purchases one farm and then allows a joint pool of investors to own it together.
“If you don’t have a team that knows how to farm and maximize income, you’re not going to get the best possible return for investors,” warns Mendenhall. “Thankfully, our team isn’t so big for this type of investing that we forget who we are, and we have the economy to scale at a great pace.”
The impact of global competition on income-producing farm investments
RADD America closely monitors global trends. In Mendenhall’s experience, investors win when they move before the market. However, when they move after the market, they lose.
“When Russian first invaded and sparked its war with Ukraine, for example, we kept a close eye on its global impact,” he says. “As one of the largest producers of wheat in the world, we knew that Ukraine — now in the midst of a war — wasn’t going to be able to produce wheat at the same scale, so someone else needs to step in and fill the gap. We’re constantly monitoring what’s happening in the world to stay on top of evolving trends.”
In terms of global competition, Mendenhall is frustrated by foreign entities staking ownership of American farmland and agriculture. In this area, China has positioned itself as the number one threat to the sovereignty of the United States.
“When foreign powers have ownership of agricultural land in the US, it puts us all at risk as Americans,” remarks Mendenhall. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen soil quality erode, closures of meatpacking plants, and numerous fires. The likelihood of nuclear war in this age is very small. The quiet war of buying American agriculture and unsettling the American dollar is the threat we face today.”
Clearly, RADD America has a lot to pay attention to at home and abroad. “We’re monitoring weather patterns and making one-year, three-year, and five-year predictions,” Mendenhall explains. “We’re also paying close attention to interest rates to see where this shifting economy is headed. The up-and-down cycles are faster than they’ve ever been. Monitoring the industry is critical. With expert investors and agricultural specialists from RADD America on your team, farmland can be one of your most promising and rewarding investment opportunities.”
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