Ben Alder

Since 1997, Ben’s career has been focused in the natural resources field. During his studies at The George Washington University he completed bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science, Biology and completed course work for his Master of Arts in Environmental Resource Policy. During his time at GW, Ben lived and worked on Vancouver Island as part of a work study program focused on natural resource management in the Pacific Northwest. After this experience, he worked on Capitol Hill on a range of issues related to wetland conservation for Ducks Unlimited. Ben’s tenure with DU expanded to the field when DU’s Chesapeake Bay Initiative was started in 1998. For seven years he delivered water quality and wildlife conservation programs on private land throughout the 5 state Chesapeake Bay watershed.

His experience working with land use, agricultural management, and wildlife conservation has provided a unique platform for his land brokerage practice today. 

During his years as a consultant, he garnered his real estate license in Maryland in 2004. Selling his first 300-acre farm in 2004, Ben has worked to develop a real estate practice focused on land throughout the Chesapeake Bay Region. In 2011, he started building what is today The Land Group. Ben is The Land Group’s Broker of Record in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

The Land Group brings together the expertise in a range of land specialties from agriculture, forestry, conservation, renewable energy, land management and development

The Land Group is the Chesapeake Bay region’s largest singularly focused land brokerage and advisory group. Today, the TLG footprint services over 35,000 acres under brokerage in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  Since 2004, Ben has managed over $315 Million in land sales throughout the region.  In 2021, The Land Group transferred over 13,000 acres while completing over 150 transactions through the transfer of over $90 Million in sales volume.

Ben and his family live today on a small tributary of the Chesapeake Bay on an 18th-century farm on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore. 

“Fundamentally, we study land value and land use; understanding how these two factors are intertwined is the foundation of the work we do.”

-Ben Alder, Principal

Nick Campanaro

Graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Maryland in 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics. He proceeded to work for Charles River Associates in Boston as an economic analyst specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Nick started with The Land Group in 2013 as a junior advisor/analyst. In four years he was promoted to an equity partner. His background in economics combined with his analytical skills make him an asset to the team. Nick is also a self-taught GIS manager and handles all targeted outreach for The Land Group. Currently Nick’s roles involve buyer and seller representation, systems development and implementation, lead generation, GIS services, accounting, and agent support..

Doug Williams

Born and raised on the Eastern Shore, Doug Williams grew up on family farms in western Wicomico County. This early lifestyle contributed to his amassing knowledge and understanding in all aspects of agriculture. An avid deer hunter, Doug has a thorough understanding of deer habitat, state hunting regulations and managing property for wildlife enhancement.

In addition to his real estate licenses in Maryland and Delaware, Doug is also licensed in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia as a Professional Land Surveyor. He brings over 26 years’ experience in surveying with expertise in boundary surveys, topographic/hydrographic surveys, ALTA/ACSM land title surveys, construction surveys, plan and profile surveys, subdivision development, commercial development, utilities for public agencies and private industry, right-of-way and easement acquisition, geodetic control surveys, and legal descriptions. Doug has over 18 years’ experience with GPS/GIS surveying, including static GPS, real-time kinematic GPS, and mapping-grade/GIS GPS. Additionally, he has a broad knowledge in utilizing the GPS data in standard CAD systems, as well as ArcView and ArcMap. These experiences combined, give Doug a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of both the field and office operations and the strategic use of the resources available.

Besides his real estate and surveying work, Doug has taught college-level surveying courses at WorWic Community College in Salisbury.

Mike Dryden

Since 2013, Mike has led and aided in the restoration and protection of over 3,800 acres of wetlands through his role as the Restoration Specialist for the MD/DC chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Prior to that, he worked as the Public Drainage Coordinator for the Eastern Shore, and he began his career as a Soil Conservation Associate with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, where he focused on helping local farmers in Worcester County implement best management practices. ​

An Eastern Shore native, Mike grew up in Somerset County on his parent’s produce, grain, and poultry farm. He is still an active participant in the family business, which produces tomatoes, watermelon, and cantaloupe. Mike resides on the Rewastico Creek in Hebron, MD with his wife Sarah and two daughters, Annie and Elizabeth. Mike is an avid outdoorsman and fisherman throughout the Chesapeake Bay and specifically along the tributaries of the lower Eastern Shore.

John Campagna

John helps clients sell and buy working lands including farms, forests, renewable energy sites, conservation lands, and hunting preserves. He is experienced in all aspects of land use regulations, land entitlement process, and land conservation programs.  Over the past two decades John has worked with a wide range of constituents (investors, landowners, government agencies, NGO’s, and community groups) to bring about innovative land based solutions for our communities’ environmental and economic needs.

John lives with his family in the Baltimore area, and remains active in his local community.  Recent community work in the Baltimore region includes co-chair of the Green Committee for the Maryland Diocese of the Episcopal Church, taskforce chair for West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition, President of Baltimore Green Works, Market Master at DC’s Dupont Circle Farmers Market, and on the endowment committee for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.

Today, he helps manage his family’s 200 acre timber holding in West Virginia, and 100 acre loblolly pine plantation in Mississippi.  His deep love of the outdoors includes hiking, canoeing, gardening and being a lifelong avid equestrian.

Jeremy Bertier

Jeremy was born and raised on his families 165 acre farm in Union Bridge in Northwest Carroll County. Jeremy and his wife currently farm this land and operate it as a diverse operation consisting of 75 head of angus cattle, a group of Berkshire pigs, Non GMO row crops and premium quality hay and pasture.

Jeremy attended the University of MD at College Park and obtained his Ag Business Management degree through the Institute of Applied Agriculture. While there Jeremy was a brother in the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity which is the only social/professional fraternity on campus and the only Agricultural fraternity. Jeremy was also a member of the of the University of Maryland Ag Student Council which was the elected executive body of the School of Ag and Natural Resources student government.

After college Jeremy worked for Synagro which was the nations largest biosolids and residuals management company. Jeremy managed the Western MD landbase dealing with participating farmers and the local, state and national regulators on land permitting and regulation compliance. While in this position Jeremy grew the permitted farm land base to its largest acreage to date.

After Synagro, Jeremy worked for Old Line Environmental which was a new start up company that also handled biosolids and was able to utilize new thinking and technology to turn what many looked at as waste into a valuable post consumer product that was treated and blended to form consumer friendly products that could be used for landscaping and govt improvement projects. Jeremy personally facilitated the closure and rehabilitation of an environmentally sensitive cleanup in Allegany County and helped to build a system of industry cooperators willing to test and utilize processed and blended products that came through the states first approved Biosolids treatment and processing system that we built in Curtis Bay.

Jeremy currently holds a commercial Nutrient Management License in MD and does plan writing as a side project during the winter months and soil sampling and agronomy work during the growing season. Jeremy is currently in the process of getting CAPP certified to be a licensed crop adjuster for the crop insurance industry working through ProAg.

Brian Morris

Born and raised on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore, Brian grew up working the land. As such, he spent many years involved in cash grain farming as well as trucking. This led to a sales position at Delmarva Kenworth. In addition to working with The Land Group, he presently farms fresh market produce.

Brian has a genuine interest in promoting and facilitating best land uses for buyers or sellers on many levels. These interests may vary from a private recreational estate for family enjoyment, an acre-by-acre land analysis for production agriculture or discussing financial returns of an investment property. A lifelong involvement in production agriculture and real estate investment on the Delmarva Peninsula gives him a strong perspective that clients can draw from.

Robert L. Freyer, Jr.

Robert Freyer has been in sales for over 25 years, and hunting since the early 90s, and has since made hunting his passion and career. Rob’s hunting passion has led him to manage the whitetail population on over 1,000 acres of land for communities in Baltimore County, Annapolis, and Southern Maryland. Rob has been in outside sales for the last 20 years, and has been a sales leader at each and every company he’s worked for. Rob is currently employed in the outdoor industry as their Manager for Social Media and Marketing for The Sportsman Channel at Outdoor Sportsman Group, the largest media company in the industry. Now as part of “The Land Group”, Rob can combine his exceptional sales experience, along with his knowledge and passion for the outdoors to be your real estate land specialist. Rob is affiliated with a number of environmental and management organizations that helps connect him with the communities he expects to serve. Rob earned BA in Environmental Management and Biology from Frostburg State. Rob is a lifelong resident of Maryland, and currently resides in Carroll County with his wife Holly and son Brandon.

Beth Hill

Dorchester County native, Beth Hill has been involved in forestry and the community her entire life. For over 20 years she worked in various capacities at one of the largest sawmills on the Eastern Shore. During her tenure with the company, she managed thousands of acres of land for timber production, wildlife habitat, and recreation. She also worked with private landowners to help them meet their management goals. Ms. Hill currently serves as the Executive Director of the Maryland Forests Association and holds Governor appointed seats on the Maryland Agriculture Commission and the Sustainable Forestry Council. Beth has a love and appreciation for everything the shore has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys hunting and spending time with her family at the beach. Let her put her unique understanding of the real estate, residents, and regulations in Maryland to work for you.

Sue Hudson

Sue, an advisor with The Land Group, was born and raised on the Maryland Eastern Shore. She has always been active and enjoys the outdoors, taking her love and enthusiasm for the outdoors into her role as a land advisor to buyers and sellers. Sue helps buyers find raw land or acreage for the long dreamed-of secluded homesite, farmette, horse and barn, vineyard, farm-to-table gardening, or other hobbies and ventures. She also helps her sellers find new owners who appreciate and value their property, while connecting buyers to that special piece of acreage they can call their own.

Stuart Hamilton

Stu Hamilton (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor of GIS and the GISM Graduate Program Director at Salisbury University, MD. He was formerly owner of Gulf Coast GIS and helped found the GIS center at the College of William and Mary. Stu is a certified GIS professional (GISP) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society (FRGS). He has published over twenty GIS-based peer-reviewed journal articles in top journals such as Nature Climate Change (NCC), Nature Ecology and Evolution (NEE), and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) as well as authoring two remote sensing books. He has twenty years’ experience building geospatial models to meet the needs of both research and industry. He has recently returned from Africa where he completed a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis for terrestrial and floating solar panels in-and-alongside Lake Victoria.

Jeff Hutchinson

Jeff Hutchinson is a Land Advisor with TLG, serving landowners and land buyers in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. He learned to appreciate the outdoors on his family’s 500-acre homestead in Hampshire County, West Virginia.

Mr. Hutchinson has a long history with forestry dating back to 1986 when he graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Science. After graduating, he began his career in consulting forestry with the staff of Forest Land Services Inc. of Ligonier, PA.

Mr. Hutchinson later went on to found Summit Forestry Group, Inc., which was incorporated in 2006. He has practiced forestry in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, and Tennessee working with variable land ownership classifications, and currently oversees the management of his clients’ holdings from the Weston, WV location of Summit Forestry Group, Inc.

 A licensed Professional Forester in the State of West Virginia, his professional affiliations include membership in the Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc., for which he currently serves as the Chair of the West Virginia Chapter, American Chestnut Foundation, and the Forest Landowners Association. 

Bobby Gorski

Bobby was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in Dorchester County. His love for wildlife and the outdoors led him to West Virginia University (WVU) where he earned a BS degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources in 1994. During and after college, he spent 10 years working at Environmental Concern, Inc. (EC) where he gained experience in native wetland plant identification and propagation, wetland mitigation plantings, and tidal shoreline restoration. This work planted a seed in Bobby, which grew into a love for wetlands and in later career positions, influenced his passion for wetland habitat and restoration projects. Not long after leaving EC, Bobby began his new career in the agriculture community in Talbot County, MD with the Talbot Soil Conservation District and Maryland Department of Agriculture as a Conservation Planner. After about six years, his career path led him to Delaware with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) where he remained for 14+ years as a Soil Conservationist covering all of Sussex County. In both states, Bobby assisted the farmers and landowners in using government cost-share programs to improve wildlife habitat, restore wetlands, manage their timber, and be overall great stewards of the acres they owned and operated. After a short stint with MD NRCS as a Wetland Biologist, Bobby found himself back in Sussex County as a Conservation Planner with the Sussex Conservation District in October 2020. In January 2022, he accepted a new challenge as the Agriculture Conservation Specialist with the Delmarva Chicken Association (DCA), formerly known as the Delmarva Poultry Industry (DPI). In this role, Bobby assisted poultry growers across Delmarva in addressing natural resource concerns in their operations. In July 2022, he made the decision to leave DCA to provide full-time attention to the clients of The Land Group. Along this journey, Bobby has gained tons of knowledge in understanding the operating needs of poultry farms, grain & vegetable operations, and other livestock farms in this region. His 30+ years of knowledge and experience in areas of native plant species selection, soil and water conservation, wetland restoration easements, planning and installing shallow water impoundments for waterfowl, and other upland wildlife habitat projects will serve as a benefit to The Land Group’s clientele. With his understanding of State and Federal cost-share programs, Bobby has assisted farmers and landowners across two states in addressing natural resource concerns on the properties they own and manage.

            Bobby currently resides in Seaford, DE with his wife Christy and their two children, Hanna & Ross. Away from work, he spends his time working outside tending to the family’s dogs, goats, and laying hens. He likes to fish in the local rivers and ponds when time is available and has recently taken an interest in hunting. Bobby is a diehard WVU Mountaineer fan who rarely misses football and basketball games when televised. Bobby is looking forward to providing his knowledge of agriculture, wildlife habitat enhancement, wetland restoration, and government cost-share funding programs to the clients represented by The Land Group, across Delmarva. Contact Bobby to help you find your new acreage and use his knowledge to assist you in enhancing it to reach your goals as a farmer, a hunter, a bird watcher, or just as an outdoor enthusiast.

Shawn Moore

Born and raised on the Eastern Shore, it was Shawn’s early introduction into hunting by his father that led to an interest and eventual career working in land and land management. An avid waterfowl guide, deer hunter and fisherman, the outdoors has always been his calling. In 2002, Shawn took a job in Talbot and Dorchester Counties managing and overseeing more than 1700 acres of prime farmland and hunting grounds. Over a span of 20 years, he has worked alongside various State and Federal agencies on multiple wildlife enhancement projects which included clearcuts for forestry management and whitetail deer habitat to shallow water impoundments, as well as deep water pond installments for waterfowl and fish habitats. His healthy background in ag and agricultural practices helped facilitate those projects.

Currently Shawn serves as a consultant to various Eastern Shore landowners looking to enrich and enhance the prominence of wildlife and ag practices on their properties. He resides in Talbot County with his wife, Meagan, and their two children, where he continues to enjoy all that the Eastern Shore has to offer. 

Will Fehrenbacher

Will grew up in Queen Anne’s County where he learned to love the connections found outdoors through hunting and fishing. He graduated in the Spring of 2022 from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies. While not at school during the winters, Will spent his days guiding waterfowl hunts across the Eastern Shore. Will has been interning with The Land Group since June of 2021 and is now working full-time as TLG’s Land Technician. He looks forward to growing and thriving with the company.

Coleen Sheridan

Born and raised in Baltimore, and after residing in Carroll County, Maryland for over 20 years, Coleen relocated to the Eastern Shore in late 2014. Her background includes legal and administrative positions in a few of the larger law firms in Baltimore – DLA Piper (formerly Piper & Marbury) and Miles & Stockbridge, as well as mid-sized firms in both Towson and Westminster. Most recently, Coleen worked for Hearne & Bailey in Salisbury as their administrative, billing and legal assistant. Not considering herself to be an “outdoorsy” person, Coleen has come to love the Eastern Shore’s diverse landscape and its wealth of wildlife. This has given her an appreciation of TLG’s philosophy and approach to land management, agriculture and sales.

A resident of Millsboro, Delaware, Coleen resides with her husband, John, and their four dogs. Between them, they have four adult children. Her hobbies include spending time at the beach, reading, gardening and crafting.


Our Team

The Land Group - We are a land company with a multi-discipline approach to providing solutions and services in the land industry. The Chesapeake Region's Land Company MD, DE, VA & PA.
Ben Alder

Ben Alder

Principal and Founder
Broker of Record – Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia
[email protected]
443-865-1344

Since 1997, Ben’s career has been focused in the natural resources field. During his studies at The George Washington University he completed bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science, Biology and completed course work for his Master of Arts in Environmental Resource Policy. During his time at GW, Ben lived and worked on Vancouver Island as part [.. Read more ..]


Nick Campanaro

Nick Campanaro

Partner, Sr. Land Advisor
[email protected]
443-465-3520

Graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Maryland in 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics. He proceeded to work for Charles River Associates in Boston as an economic analyst specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Nick started with The Land Group in 2013 as a junior advisor/analyst. In four years he was promoted to [.. Read more ..]


Doug Williams

Doug Williams

Partner, Sr. Land Advisor
[email protected]
410-726-1831

Born and raised on the Eastern Shore, Doug Williams grew up on family farms in western Wicomico County. This early lifestyle contributed to his amassing knowledge and understanding in all aspects of agriculture. An avid deer hunter, Doug has a thorough understanding of deer habitat, state hunting regulations and managing property for wildlife enhancement. In [.. Read more ..]


Mike Dryden

Land Advisor
[email protected]
410-251-5620

Since 2013, Mike has led and aided in the restoration and protection of over 3,800 acres of wetlands through his role as the Restoration Specialist for the MD/DC chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Prior to that, he worked as the Public Drainage Coordinator for the Eastern Shore, and he began his career as a Soil [.. Read more ..]


john campagna

John Campagna

Land Advisor
[email protected]
410-303-8156

John helps clients sell and buy working lands including farms, forests, renewable energy sites, conservation lands, and hunting preserves. He is experienced in all aspects of land use regulations, land entitlement process, and land conservation programs.  Over the past two decades John has worked with a wide range of constituents (investors, landowners, government agencies, NGO’s, [.. Read more ..]


jeremy bertier

Jeremy Bertier

Land Advisor
[email protected]
443-375-2905

Jeremy was born and raised on his families 165 acre farm in Union Bridge in Northwest Carroll County. Jeremy and his wife currently farm this land and operate it as a diverse operation consisting of 75 head of angus cattle, a group of Berkshire pigs, Non GMO row crops and premium quality hay and pasture. [.. Read more ..]


Headshot of Brain Morris

Brian Morris

Land Advisor
[email protected]
410-708-1984

Born and raised on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore, Brian grew up working the land. As such, he spent many years involved in cash grain farming as well as trucking. This led to a sales position at Delmarva Kenworth. In addition to working with The Land Group, he presently farms fresh market produce. Brian has a [.. Read more ..]


Robert L. Freyer, Jr.

Land Advisor
[email protected]
410-299-4811

Robert Freyer has been in sales for over 25 years, and hunting since the early 90s, and has since made hunting his passion and career. Rob’s hunting passion has led him to manage the whitetail population on over 1,000 acres of land for communities in Baltimore County, Annapolis, and Southern Maryland. Rob has been in [.. Read more ..]


Beth Hill - The Land Group

Beth Hill

Land Advisor
[email protected]

Dorchester County native, Beth Hill has been involved in forestry and the community her entire life. For over 20 years she worked in various capacities at one of the largest sawmills on the Eastern Shore. During her tenure with the company, she managed thousands of acres of land for timber production, wildlife habitat, and recreation. [.. Read more ..]


Sue Hudson

Land Advisor
[email protected]
302-448-9727

Sue, an advisor with The Land Group, was born and raised on the Maryland Eastern Shore. She has always been active and enjoys the outdoors, taking her love and enthusiasm for the outdoors into her role as a land advisor to buyers and sellers. Sue helps buyers find raw land or acreage for the long [.. Read more ..]


Stuart Hamilton

Stuart Hamilton

Geographic Information Scientist

Stu Hamilton (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor of GIS and the GISM Graduate Program Director at Salisbury University, MD. He was formerly owner of Gulf Coast GIS and helped found the GIS center at the College of William and Mary. Stu is a certified GIS professional (GISP) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society [.. Read more ..]


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Jeff Hutchinson

Land Advisor
[email protected]
304-382-8292

Jeff Hutchinson is a Land Advisor with TLG, serving landowners and land buyers in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. He learned to appreciate the outdoors on his family’s 500-acre homestead in Hampshire County, West Virginia. Mr. Hutchinson has a long history with forestry dating back to 1986 when he graduated from Penn State University with a [.. Read more ..]


Bobby Gorski

Land Advisor
[email protected]
302-542-5724

Bobby was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in Dorchester County. His love for wildlife and the outdoors led him to West Virginia University (WVU) where he earned a BS degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources in 1994. During and after college, he spent 10 years working at Environmental Concern, Inc. (EC) [.. Read more ..]


Headshot of Shawn Moore

Shawn Moore

Land Advisor
[email protected]
410-829-6466

Born and raised on the Eastern Shore, it was Shawn’s early introduction into hunting by his father that led to an interest and eventual career working in land and land management. An avid waterfowl guide, deer hunter and fisherman, the outdoors has always been his calling. In 2002, Shawn took a job in Talbot and [.. Read more ..]


Will Fehrenbacher Headshot

Will Fehrenbacher

Land Technician
[email protected]
410-693-9933

Will grew up in Queen Anne’s County where he learned to love the connections found outdoors through hunting and fishing. He graduated in the Spring of 2022 from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies. While not at school during the winters, Will spent his days guiding waterfowl hunts across the [.. Read more ..]


Coleen Sheridan

Executive Office and Brokerage Coordinator
[email protected]

Born and raised in Baltimore, and after residing in Carroll County, Maryland for over 20 years, Coleen relocated to the Eastern Shore in late 2014. Her background includes legal and administrative positions in a few of the larger law firms in Baltimore – DLA Piper (formerly Piper & Marbury) and Miles & Stockbridge, as well [.. Read more ..]


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