The St. Louis Business Journal’s 2014 “40 Under 40” class is mostly what one would expect: global brands like Anheuser-Busch, Enterprise and Boeing and more are represented by talented, young business leaders.

Among the bankers, lawyers and CEOs, you’ll also find a real estate entrepreneur whose company is centered around – of all things – white-tailed deer hunting.

Paul Sawyer joins the other honorees in the 2014 class after spending the last seven years building the Whitetail Properties brand into a household name while helping expand operations into more than 20 states and counting.

Sawyer is one of the founding partners of Whitetail Properties Real Estate – the industry leader in hunting, ranch and farm land. In his role as vice president of marketing, Sawyer spearheads the direction of the company’s national marketing efforts while building the local-level marketing strategy for more than 110 real estate agents.

“I’m humbled to represent Whitetail Properties among these great brands and talented leaders,” said Sawyer. “We’ve grown very quickly since our start in 2007. The fast growth is a tribute to hard work by our headquarters staff and our nationwide team of land specialists.”

The “40 Under 40” awards are presented annually by the St. Louis Business Journal to honor professional excellence, leadership and dedication to the community by those under the age of 40. Sawyer and the other winners were chosen from more than 400 nominees by a panel of 10 judges – previous “40 Under 40” winners.

The Feb. 7 edition of the St. Louis Business Journal will include full stories and bios for all 40 honorees.

“Our ultimate goal is to not only be a real estate company, but a respected, well-known brand among outdoor enthusiasts,” said Dan Perez, Whitetail Properties CEO. “Paul’s leadership is making that happen and more.”

Since its founding in 2007, Whitetail Properties has exploded into North America’s top place to buy and sell recreational hunting, ranch and farm land. This fact was cemented in 2012 with nearly a quarter billion dollars in sales and being named one of “America’s Best Brokerages” by The Land Report. The growing staff of Whitetail Properties real estate agents in 20 states are hard-working, knowledgeable and passionate hunters and land managers. The team currently averages a property sold every day throughout the year.

Whitetail Properties reaches more than 31 million households with Whitetail Properties TV, an award–winning show on The Sportsman Channel that showcases the benefits of owning recreational real estate.

To browse prime hunting, ranch and farm land currently for sale or to contact a Whitetail Properties agent, visit

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