Our Realtors

Carl H. Snyder – Licensed Real Estate Broker

Carl is originally from northern New York State. He and his wife currently reside in Ithaca located in the Finger Lakes Region. They have 3 adult daughters and one grandson. He enjoys hunting, fishing, trapping, canoeing and camping. His hobbies include woodworking and spending time with his grandson.

He earned his degree in Forestry from Paul Smiths College in ’71 and his original real estate salesperson license in ’75. He worked part time for 2 different Brokers until he was transferred with his primary employer to the Southern Tier of NYS. Carl worked in management and sales within the building material supply / construction industry for over 25 years and rediscovered the real estate business in 2001 and more particularly the land business. He worked for 2 different land development companies and another Broker before earning his broker’s license and starting NY Land Quest. He has completed land acquisitions, subdivisions and sold land in most regions of NYS.

Carl is always very interested in helping a customer in their quest for land and customers that are seeking to sell their land. He can be reached at 607-280-5770 (c) or by e-mail at carl@nylandquest.com.

melissa-stephensonMelissa Stephenson – Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Certified Buyer Representative, Marketing Manager

Originally from Texas, Melissa has lived in Upstate New York for the past 20 years and currently resides in Lansing, NY. Before joining NY Land Quest, she worked for several non-profits while living in New York, specializing in technology and resource development.

Melissa is a poet and writer and has had several poems published in literary journals across the United States. She enjoys hiking in the spring and summer and snowshoeing in the winter. Fall is Melissa’s favorite season, and she loves driving the country roads to photograph the colorful leaves and light.

Along with being a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and a Certified Buyer’s Representative, Melissa is responsible for advertising and marketing all of our quality NY properties. She is also responsible for maintaining our website, plus she gives great advice to clients on finding the best home warranty program, if you have been looking for the best home warranty cost, contact her.

You can contact Melissa at 607-351-9621 (c), or by e-mail: Melissa@nylandquest.com

brian-jacksonBrian Jackson – Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Certified Buyer Representative

Brian was born in the Finger Lakes Region and has lived in the Tompkins County area for most of his life. Brian, his wife, and their 2 young sons reside in North Lansing. Brian attended Alfred State as an Electric Service Tech and is a 2002 graduate of Tompkins Cortland Community College with a Business Degree. Brian has been self-employed for a decade and has worked in the automotive business with a background in sales and construction and enjoys meeting new people. He has remodeled older homes and completed site planning for new homes as well.

Brian has a vast array of hobbies including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, snowmobiling, welding and is very knowledgeable about forests, farms and orchards. Family time is spent camping, gardening, biking, sightseeing and sporting events. His family has increasingly lived a life style of sustainable agriculture with pasture raised pork and organic gardening for the past ten years and takes an interest in alternative energy and permaculture.

Brian is a land owner who understands what it means to own and enjoy a piece of property. He looks forward to talking with you and helping you find your own piece of paradise. He is in his natural element in the outdoors.  I truly enjoy just spending time outdoors whether it’s walking land with clients, cutting firewood with my family or scouting creek bottoms for fossils with my boys. Whatever it is you’re looking for in a property, country acreage, building lot, Farm, Orchard, recreational camp or residential home I would love to help you find it!

Brian can be reached at 607-280-1058 (c), or by e-mail: brian@nylandquest.com

Matt Klink, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Matt lives near Syracuse, NY with his wife. They have three grown children. Born in Auburn his roots run deep in CNY. Prior experience in land sales & real estate made for a perfect fit. The army’s 82nd airborne division was his home for many years. He volunteered after high school and made it to the rank of sergeant. As a paratrooper Matt reflects on the discipline, camaraderie and attitude of those he served with. A passion for land & the outdoors started almost from birth. He was tying dry flies & egg sacks before middle school. These days he is outdoors much more than in, enjoying nature on every level. He has three Labs one of which is his waterfowl companion. Matt has a great respect for all animals. His personal experience buying and owning land & real estate gives him additional insight which is very helpful to his clients. He owns recreational acreage as well as investment property & a residential home. Being a steward of nature is key to him. Matt has a creedo that is simple but very effective. “Show up, be straight up & follow-up”. Simple right? Elusive at best these days. You will likely discover within moments of meeting Matt that he gives off a positive “good” first impression which he prides himself on maintaining. Based on what past clients have said, you are in very capable hands with Matt.

You can contact Matt at 315-406-5470 (c), or by e-mail: matt@nylandquest.com

GirardPHOTO2Girard Kelly, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Girard Kelly is a resident of Allegany County, in the Southern Tier, and has been for most of his life.  During the past 15 years he has completed many land acquisitions, subdivisions and has sold land in the Southern Tier, including sales in the housing market.

He was employed by a municipality for almost 20 years, many of those years in an elected official position as the Highway Superintendent. He also has 30+ years experience working in agriculture.

Girard is the President of the Allegany County Chamber, a member of the Lion’s Club, Sons of the American Legion, the Conservation Club, and elected Town Councilman for the Town of Angelica.

Girard is an outdoorsman and during his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family on the property they own. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, motorcycle and 4-wheeler riding.  Girard has two adult children (a daughter and a son) and a grandson.

Girard  has vast experience in sales of land and houses so whether you are looking to buy or sell in the Southern Tier, he will be happy to assist you in fulfilling your needs.

If you want someone who will get the job done, contact Girard at 585-466-3446 (c), or by email: girard@nylandquest.com

Mike's PhotoMike Dunn, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Being outdoorsmen and sportsmen ourselves, we spend a tremendous amount of time researching, evaluating and preparing our properties for our customers.  Living and working in the Southern Tier, we appreciate the rural nature and natural resources this area has to offer.

Hiking, hunting and fishing the Southern Tier is Mike’s passion.  While growing up in the foothills of the Tug Hill Region, Mike spent summers camping with his family, learning the love of nature from his grandfather.  After obtaining a degree in Forestry from Syracuse University ESF, he has been in the land business for the last 20 years.  Mike is currently a resident of Geneseo NY, and is a former resident of Angelica NY.

New York Land Quest’s philosophy is to provide quality properties at reasonable prices with our client’s satisfaction our primary concern.  This is Mike’s philosophy as well.  With this philosophy in mind, Mike has assisted many clients over the years who end up being repeat customers and lifelong friends.

If you are searching for your next property, call Mike at 716-397-5791 (c), or by email:  mike@nylandquest.com

norm-niggliNorm Niggli, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

Norm was born and raised in Chenango County, New York.  He grew up in a family that made a living in the trades and a life in the fields and streams of upstate New York.  His fondest memories are of fishing, camping and hunting outings; catching a beautiful native brookie in the pool beneath a woodland falls, his first buck, fireside stories and in later years sharing these same experiences with his sons.

After graduating from Albany State University, Norm worked for twenty-eight years, becoming Vice President for a hundred year old seed company that sells seed to businesses, home gardeners, farmers, landscapers, greenhouses and golf courses.  For the last thirteen years, Norm has been a realtor specializing in the buying and selling of rural property in upstate New York.  He also lives on a small lake in upstate New York in a home he remodeled himself, enjoying family time with his wife, sons and seven grandchildren.  All of his many interests and joys involve his love and appreciation of the outdoors, nature and rural life.

Norm says he stays young and excited by serving his clients and sharing their joy and love of the land.  He loves walking your lot or hiking your hill and sitting down to enjoy the views, listen to your needs and share his insight on your property.  He looks forward to helping you find your Dreamland!  Seeing your satisfaction and feeling your appreciation for a job well done is his greatest reward.

Contact Norm at 607-237-1949 (c), or by email:  norm@nylandquest.com

dan-heiseyDaniel Heisey, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Dan is from Steuben County, Southern Tier where he grew up on a family farm and he and his family currently reside in Hartsville, NY.  Dan attended the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and graduated in 2011 with a Double Major in Business Management and Accounting.  He spent the following years in the Northeast acquiring land rights for several different companies.

Dan is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time helping on the family farm.  His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and basketball.

Dan enjoys the freedom of owning and managing his own land.  He thoroughly enjoys meeting clients and learning their desires to find the property of their dreams. With a strong understanding of rural properties, Dan can also assist you in finding the right buyer for your property.

Contact Dan at 607-661-0029 (c), or by email:  dan@nylandquest.com


Amy Werner, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Amy was born and raised in Allegany County and has lived there her whole life.  She has two children, one in high school and one in college.   She enjoys spending time with family and friends, loves photography and seeking adventures in the outdoors.  She is an enthusiastic member of the community and currently serves as vice president on the board of education for the Genesee Valley School District.

Amy earned her degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Alfred State College and has worked in the field for 23 years.  She also serves as an instructional support technician for the sciences at Alfred State College.

She has made a high level of commitment to her real estate education and is a licensed professional realtor specializing in residential properties.

With her work/life experiences, she pays particular attention to detail, is dependable and has a strong passion to help people.  She is excited to be working in the real estate market and is ready to help you find that perfect home.

You can contact Amy at 585-610-8934 (c), or by email:  amy@nyhomequest.com


Travis Thurston, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Travis currently resides in Cattaraugus County and grew up in Allegany County, Southern Tier.  Travis has always had a true love for the outdoors and the many activities it offers such as hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and so much more.  Travis volunteered in 2011 for the US Army as a Military Police Officer where he was stationed in Louisiana with the 272nd Military Police CO.  While in the military he received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and continued his education after his military service and received his Master’s in Science/Administration Justice & Security.

Ready for a new challenge, Travis received his real estate license and has joined New York Land Quest.  Honesty and integrity, along with determination and dedication are philosophies Travis strives for in all aspects of his life.

Travis understands the importance of customer service due to working in sales for nearly two years.  During this time he learned the importance of providing feedback immediately with information requested, meeting people’s personal needs and most importantly, honesty.

With the skills and dedication he has picked up throughout the years, Travis will work tirelessly on your behalf to sell your real estate or to help you find your perfect piece of land or forever home.

Contact Travis at 585-386-9413 (c), or by email:  travis@nylandquest.com

Kurt Washo, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Kurt grew up in Central New York.  After serving four years in the U.S.M.C. in North Carolina he decided to move back to New York.  He enjoys the great outdoors from farming to cutting firewood.  Having lived in both urban and rural communities; he simply prefers to be in the country, currently residing in Madison County.  Kurt enjoys hiking, long walks, ax throwing and Cruises!  Searching for the right property is something Kurt really enjoys as he is a landowner himself and understands the unique uses a property can deliver.  He will gladly help you find the right fit when it comes to your property needs and interests regarding hunting, recreational, or residential land use!

Contact Kurt at 315-559-3070 (c), or by email:  kurt@nylandquest.com


Scott VanRoy, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Scott grew up in the Catskills exploring the woods and waters, spawning his lifelong interest and passion for all things wild.  An avid fly fisherman and bird dog enthusiast, Scott is interested in sharing his outdoor knowledge to help you sell or purchase a property of your dreams.

With more than 20 years of business development and client relationship experience in private and public industry, Scott has learned to listen to his clients’ needs and help them achieve their goals.  Honesty and professionalism drive his approach, and he wants to help you benefit from his experience.

Scott graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh and now lives with his wife in Averill Park in Rensselaer County.  He is the father of 3 grown children who share his passion for the outdoors.  They’ve spent years camping, hiking, fishing and exploring mountains and open spaces, from the Catskills to the Adirondacks.  Scott assists in managing an 80 acre outdoor sporting camp, is a member of QDMA, and has experience with 480-a applications, a NYS property tax savings program.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out and chat with Scott regarding your real estate needs and dreams.  He can be reached at 518-369-0487 (c) or at scott@nylandquest.com.

Ilze Lemesis, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Ilze is originally from the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Region, where she grew up outdoors raised by horses, navigating deer paths, and exploring. Enjoying the many experiences this area offers led to a lifelong love of New York State.

With a BFA from SUNY she worked in art and design in Manhattan for advertising agencies and Wall Street: communications, marketing, illustration, fine art, and media. (https://ilze.io). Buying and restoring a brownstone in a pioneer neighborhood in Brooklyn led to interest in restoration and design, which continued through subsequent projects, freelancing for architectural companies, salesperson certification, and working as a realtor and administrator with a national real estate agency in the Hudson Valley region and Ithaca.

With a deep respect for land and the people who live and work in New York State, knowledge of the buying and selling process, and extensive design and marketing experience, Ilze can help you maximize your quest of selling, buying, and everything in between. Your quest is my mission.

Contact Ilze at 607-793-0076 (c) text friendly, or by email:  ilze@nylandquest.com.


Karen Herdman, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Karen has lived in Allegany County her whole life.  She currently resides in Angelica, NY with her husband and two college-aged children.  She appreciates the time she has spending with friends and family, especially her children.  She enjoys camping and watching sports.

She has worked for a municipality over the past 20 years as the Clerk-Treasurer and enjoys working with the public.  Karen has been ready for a new challenge and recently received her real estate license.

Karen consistently strives to improve her knowledge-base to succeed in further endeavors.  Her choice to become a realtor shows her commitment to continue to move forward in her life and help others do the same.

Karen is reliable and compassionate.  She is excited to be working in the real estate market and is ready to help you find the place you can enjoy and call home or a getaway for the weekends.

Contact Karen at 585-610-0750 (c), or by email:  karen@nylandquest.com.


Join Our Team

If you are an experienced licensed real estate salesperson contact us for a confidential discussion about a possible opportunity with NY land Quest, LLC. You must have a passion for Land and the Great Outdoors. You must be honest and trustworthy and be willing to work hard for results. You must enjoy working on your own and making money while working from your home office. Call Carl Snyder – Broker/Owner 877-257-0617.