A Legacy Of Land

George M. West

Partner / Broker

George M. “Mitch” West is a 6th generation rancher and has been involved in agriculture his entire life. He was raised on a ranch in western Bexar County. He attended Texas Military Institute and then the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in Finance. Mitch returned to the ranch after college and became involved in the family business, Rio Vista International, Inc., which became the largest bovine embryo transfer facility in the world in the early 1980s and remained in business until 1999. During those years, Mitch worked for some of the most famous ranches in the United States, Canada, Central and South America. This experience gave Mitch unique insight into farming and ranching practices in different parts of the world, and provided him with a valuable network of clients in North and Latin America. Mitch is bilingual and his clients have benefitted from that ability and his network of clients in those countries.

Mitch started his real estate career in 2000 and since then has sold over $400 million of real estate.

Mitch is a past chairman of the International Committee of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and a Director Emeritus of that organization. Mitch has been married to his wife Elizabeth for 42 years, and together they have 3 wonderful daughters and 8 terrific grandchildren, as well as 3 exceptional sons-in-law.

George M. “Mitch” West
Contact Information:

210-213-5402
gmwest@westandswoperanches.com

Louie Swope

Partner/Broker

Louie Swope graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture life and science from Texas A&M University, where he lettered as a defensive back on the football team. Upon graduation, Louie moved to San Antonio and began his career at Phyllis Browning Land & Ranch Co. His long-held passion for the outdoors, including hunting and fishing throughout Texas, gives him a wealth of knowledge about land and wildlife. Throughout the year Louie helps guide hunts on the bar fork ranch in South Texas and also assists in managing his family’s ranch on the San Marcus River near Luling. He is an active member of various conservation groups including Texas Wildlife Association and also serves on the Texas Chair Committee for Ducks Unlimited. Louie loves enjoying time with his wife, Hallie, and family. He is honored to be involved with Family Legacy Missions, an organization that cares for orphaned children in Zambia, Africa.

Louie Swope
Contact Information:

512-940-0543
lswope@westandswoperanches.com

Perry T. Donop III

Associate

Perry T. Donop III has spent his life enjoying the outdoors and what it has to offer through ranching and hunting. The Donop family has owned ranches in Texas since the 1850’s; including one extraordinary ranch that has remained with the Donop family since 1859. As a young boy, Perry observed his father selling ranches and large tracts of land in the 1980s. His unique family history with Texas ranching and the knowledge he received on land transactions throughout the years make him a natural fit for land and ranch sales. Since 2002, Perry has held his real estate license in the state of Texas. In addition to being a realtor and rancher, Perry is also an Independent Petroleum Landman. Perry brings knowledge in the day-to-day ranch operations, as well as great comprehension and vast experiences with oil and gas leases, surface issues, complicated transactions, 1031 exchanges, Livestock and Wildlife exemptions, communicating with the NRCS, FSA and USDA, brush eradication, stocking rates, as well as Lake and Dam site selection. He is an active member of the TWA and the TSCRA. Perry lives with his wife, Traci, on their ranch in the Hill Country and in his free time enjoys hunting and spending time with his family.

Perry T. Donop III
Contact Information:

210-824-1719
pdonop@westandswoperanches.com

Richard B. “Rick” Taylor

Broker Associate/ Wildlife Consultant

Richard B. “Rick” Taylor is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with over 30 years of experience in natural resource management. A range and wildlife graduate of Texas A& I University (Texas A& M Kingsville), he worked as a senior staff biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for 27 years. During his tenure, he provided technical assistance to private landowners on over 1.5 million acres of Texas rangeland in the South Texas, Edwards Plateau, Post Oak Prairies, and Coastal Prairies ecological regions. Rick is an expert in wildlife and rangeland ecology providing technical assistance in white-tailed deer and other game species management, game bird management, non-game wildlife management, livestock management, water management, and habitat management including mechanical, and prescribed burns. His technical guidance has won landowners the prestigious Lone Star Land Stewardship Award for the Edwards Plateau Ecological region in 2004, the South Texas Ecological region in 2006, and the Aldo Leopold Statewide Land Stewardship Award for 2012.

Rick has been a licensed real estate agent for over fifteen years and attained his Broker’s license certification six years ago. He is a life member of the National Rifle Association, and Life Member of the San Antonio Livestock Show. He currently serves as an advisor to the Uvalde County Appraisal District specializing in wildlife management and subsequent tax exemptions. In the past, Rick was an adjunct wildlife instructor for Southwest Texas Junior College and past board member of their Wildlife Department Advisory Board.

He is the author and/or co-author of several books and numerous technical and non-technical publications including, “On Wild Hogs and Javelinas”, “Common Woody Plants and Cacti of South Texas”, “A Field Guide to Common South Texas Shrubs”, “Brush Management for White-tailed Deer”, “The Feral Hog in Texas”, and “The Javelina in Texas”. His articles have appeared in Texas Trophy Hunter, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Texas Wildlife magazines.

Rick has been married to his wonderful wife for 22 years, has three grown children and currently resides in Uvalde, Texas.

Richard B. “Rick” Taylor
Contact Information:

830-279-2384
rick.taylor@yahoo.com

Mason Trull

Associate

Mason Trull graduated from Texas Tech University in 2018 with dual degrees in Business Marketing and Business Management. Mason was heavily involved in various organizations during his time at Texas Tech, and consistently devoted much of his time towards giving back to the Lubbock community. Upon graduation, Mason returned to his hometown of Austin and began a career at West and Swope Ranches. Masons eagerness to meet new faces and form lifelong relationships with his clients is a distinguishing asset admired by many. His extensive hunting and fishing background as well as his lifelong love for the outdoors, allows Mason to passionately pursue his career in the farm and ranch real estate business.

Mason Trull
Contact Information:

512-431-0774
mtrull@westandswoperanches.com