Walter has been advising plantation, farmland, ranch and timberland investors for over 30 years.
He has an extensive knowledge and the respect of brokers, foresters, and others in this business. In 2015, after retiring from Rock Creek (after 26 years of exclusive service), he joined Jon Kohler & Associates with which he already had a long history of deal collaboration. Today, in his new roles as a real estate salesman and advisor, additional clients benefit from his extensive knowledge in selecting or selling high-quality properties and managing them for high financial rewards. Since the beginning of 2016, Walter has successfully closed over 75,000 acres totaling over $246 million in sales.
Walter grew up in Monticello, Florida and now resides in South Georgia with his wife of 42 years, Phyllis. Phyllis is also a licensed real estate salesperson and assists Walter. They have two grown children, Audra and Brandon, and three grandchildren. Audra manages a law office in Tallahassee. Brandon is an Associate Director of Timberland and Forest Products, Agriculture Finance, with MetLife Investment Management. Walter has a passion for the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. Walter is a particularly noted turkey hunter and has (with a partner) won the prestigious Georgia Florida Turkey Invitational four times. He has personally guided Former Governor Lawton Chiles, a Supreme Court Justice, and a who’s who of successful businessmen. He is also a noted bow-hunter, and some of his exploits have been featured on several television shows and videos. He has a very strong faith and love of God and country, as evidenced in a partnership with a friend in establishing the Red Hills Wounded Warrior Group, Inc., a non-profit group for America's wounded warriors that organizes outdoor hunting and fishing events for our country's heroes.
In October 2018, Walter received the prestigious Realtors Land Institute Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Designation and has officially joined an elite group of over 500 land specialists who hold this designation across the globe. As an Accredited Land Consultant, Walter has access to the best industry knowledge, an unprecedented network of fellow land professionals, and a multitude of resources to help best serve clients. In March 2019, Walter was recognized as an APEX 2018 Top 20 National Producer by the REALTORS® Land Institute as a part of the RLI APEX Production Awards Program. Again in March 2020, Walter was recognized as an APEX 2019 Top 20 National Producer by the REALTORS® Land Institute, where to qualify for this high honor, land professionals must have a minimum of $40 Million in sales in 2019. He also was recognized with this prestigious award for 2020 sales, as well as RLI's 2021 and 2022 APEX Producers Club. Also, for 2021 sales, he was recognized for the top agent award with LandLeader for acres sold and outstanding sales achievement, as well as the $40 Million Dollar Club Award.
I am happy to recommend Walter Hatchett for his excellent service and success. My company has worked with Walter for about 5 years on several real estate transactions. We found him to be extremely helpful with any question/obstacle we threw in his path. I grew to trust him for his honest opinions, his tactful manner, and his in depth knowledge of the forest industry as well as real estate. --William Wingate, Springhill Farms, LLC
When we engaged Walter to sell real estate, he did very thorough searches for data, potential clients, and solutions. He always presented us a range of options and a recommendation that was well reasoned. He works incredibly hard and spares no effort to bring clients and close sales. We could not have chosen a better "partner" for our situation. --William Wingate, Springhill Farms, LLC
I've known Walter Hatchett since 2008 when I purchased Honey Lake Plantation. He is as knowledgeable about land, wildlife, and timber as any person I've met and he helped me immeasurably in getting it established. What I admire most about him however is his honesty, integrity, and dedication to his God and his family.
--Bob Williamson, The Jesus Alliance
It has been my pleasure to work with Walter Hatchett for more than 25 years. As a highly valued member of our team, he was instrumental in providing sound advice and enhancement implementation on more than 300,000 acres of the land we have owned and managed. Walter is both a friend and professional colleague. He has a unique expertise in identifying value and implementing decisions for the long-term enhancement of land investments.I am confident he will do the same for his future clients. --Arthur L. Cahoon, CEO, Rock Creek Capital
Quite frankly, few people in this specialty niche today command the professional respect that Walter has, nor do they have Walter's experience in understanding and recognizing the value of plantations, ranches, and high quality timberlands. Jon Kohler & Associates is very proud to have him as part of our team, and our clients will benefit greatly. --Jon Kohler, Jon Kohler & Associates
The property requirements for our Elephant Refuge North America project were numerous and complicated, but Walter Hatchett of Jon Kohler & Associates persevered and found exactly what we were searching for. Although at times Walter questioned if such a particular location existed, he searched for two years, throughout several states, until he found the perfect property. --Carol Buckley, Elephant Aid International
Walter was instrumental in my purchasing a piece of property, and introduced me to a quality of land management and stewardship. His knowledge and passion of land and game management has begun an excitement and passion in myself as well; and I look forward to working with him in the future. He not only is very knowledgeable in finding the perfect property for his clients, but he is willing to assist his clients in making the property the best it can be. Being a Christian man myself, I also appreciated Walter’s Christian values, as well as his dedication with his non-profit organization, Red Hills Wounded Warrior Group, which assists our wounded veterans. --Alberto Li
I am happy to recommend Walter Hatchett for his excellent service and success. My company has worked with Walter for about 5 years on several real estate transactions. We found him to be extremely helpful with any question/obstacle we threw in his path. I grew to trust him for his honest opinions, his tactful manner, and his in depth knowledge of the forest industry as well as real estate. When we engaged him to sell real estate, he did very thorough searches for data, potential clients, and solutions. He always presented us a range of options and a recommendation that was well reasoned. He works incredibly hard and spares no effort to bring clients and close sales. We could not have chosen a better “partner” for our situation. - William Wingate, Springhill Farms, LLC