Steven Havens grew up in Big Creek, MS in the backwaters of Grenada Lake. After graduating from Calhoun City High School, he joined the United States Coast Guard and turned 18 years old one month before completing basic training. Steven retired in 2019 from a twenty-five-year teaching, coaching, and school administration career. While building his education career he also received a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi.
Before joining Tom Smith Land and Homes, Steven was monitoring school districts and operating a wood products business. He enjoys reading, hunting, golfing, and searching for artifacts. But most of all, Steven enjoys helping people. He has spent his life helping others. His service ranged from search and rescue missions during hurricanes to ensuring kindergarten students with dyslexia received reading instruction specifically designed to improve their literacy skills. As you can see, Steven is a giver and an educator; he is now focusing his energy in the real estate industry. He will help buyers find their desired properties and assist sellers in getting the best exposure and price for their place. Contact Steven today!
Brett was born and raised in Lauderdale County, MS just south of Meridian. After high school, he attended Meridian Community College for one year and then transferred to East Mississippi Community College where he completed his associates degree before transferring to Mississippi State University. Brett has deep roots in the outdoors; he is a dedicated turkey, deer and duck hunter. The love of the outdoors is where Brett gets his passion for land and is very excited to blend both of his favorite things into a career to help clients find their dream property. If you are interested in Mississippi land, Brett looks forward to your phone call. At Tom Smith Land and Homes, Brett is surrounded by a team of very experienced agents. Contact Brett for any of your real estate needs!
My southern roots began in Pensacola, FL where I was born and raised. However, after meeting and marrying a military aviator, the adventure began. Twenty-three moves to eight different states, eight homes, five children, and twelve grandchildren later I find myself back to my southern roots calling Starkville, Mississippi home. My career in real estate began in Cocoa Beach, Florida, selling beach-side properties, and managing long and short term resort properties. Before real estate, I worked in the business field as an entrepreneur and executive. For me, it is about helping people find the perfect home and seeing happy and satisfied customers. Having owned businesses, I understand putting clients first and going the extra mile to make sure they are satisfied with their home. My husband joined the MSU staff and we have settled-in with our two German Shepherds, three chickens, and our cat who rules the roost. We are excited to be a part of the MSU and Starkville community. Having been a career military wife, I understand the stresses of moving and setting up a residence and would love to partner with you to find that perfect home or help you with the process of selling your home at the highest price.
Walker was drawn to Tom Smith Land and Homes due to his love of the outdoors and wood working. Walker grew up in Starkville and now lives in Sturgis, Mississippi. Walker has always enjoyed hunting and fishing since the day his father introduced him to the outdoors. Walker graduated in 2019 from Starkville Academy and currently attends Mississippi State University, where he is majoring in Business Administration. Walker worked for a private contractor building homes which piqued his interest in the real estate business. Walker continues his passion for hunting, fishing, and small building projects. When working with Walker, honesty and unmatched work ethic are what you will find from the first meeting to the last. He is determined to make sure your time either buying or selling is the best it can be. Walker’s determination will help you in all of your real estate experiences.
Doyes was born and raised in Hamilton, Alabama approximately 15 miles from the MS state line. He obtained a B.S. in Forestry from Mississippi State University in 1975. Ten years later, he completed a Masters of Forestry with emphasis in forest taxation also from Mississippi State. While in graduate school he assisted Dr. G.H. Weaver with the initial research in land use valuation for taxation for MS timberlands.
Doyes’ forestry career began in 1977 working for Cavenham Industries in Hazlehurst, MS and Livingston Parrish, LA. He then was employed with Southern Resource Services and Forest Owners, Inc. assisting private landowners in Mississippi with all aspects of timberland management from timber sale preparation to control burning to wildlife management and timberland market analysis thru affiliation with Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. In 1988 he began his 30+ year affiliation with Weyerhaeuser Company Southern Timberlands where he held various leadership positions in Procurement at the offices in Bruce and Philadelphia, MS. Doyes later served as Harvest Planner for the western division of Weyerhauser MS/AL region in Columbus, MS until his retirement in September 2018. In the spring of 2021, he joined the Starkville team of Tom Smith Land and Homes.
Doyes and his wife Kay are residents of Starkville and have three grown children (and their wonderful spouses) and seven grandchildren. They have attended New Covenant Church in Starkville for more than 40 years. Doyes and Kay also own and operate Bops Frozen Custard in Starkville. For many years, the Holland’s owned hunting land in Lawrence County, MS where their children experienced hunting and the outdoors. When not at work, you can find Doyes with his family at their tree farm in Choctaw County working on food plots or at their lake house on Smith Lake. Doyes hopes to use his real estate and timberland background to see other families make memories outdoors.
What attracted Harper to Tom Smith Land and Homes is his love and passion for the outdoors. Since childhood, Harper has never turned down an opportunity to hunt or fish with his friends and family. Originally from Starkville, MS, he attended Mississippi State University where he majored in Business Administration and minored in Real Estate. Upon graduation, Harper knew he wanted to combine his love of the outdoors and passion for helping others, so he pursued a career in real estate. Harper currently resides in Webster County where he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. When doing business with Harper, integrity and commitment are what you will always find from the first handshake to the last. He is eager and determined to make sure you have the best experience possible, whether buying or selling. Harper’s determination, loyalty, and knowledge will help you in all of your real estate needs.
John was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he found a great passion for the outdoors. It was his love for the outdoors that drove him to Mississippi State University, where he earned a B.S. in Forestry with a concentration in Wildlife Management in 2020. While there, John took every opportunity he could to learn about land and the wildlife that lives there.
After graduation, John decided to pursue a career in real estate, using his degree and knowledge of the outdoors to connect buyers and sellers with their dream home or property. John works as a full-time Mississippi and Alabama real estate salesperson and would love to help you with any of your buying or selling needs.
Pres Dawkins was born in Artesia, Mississippi, and at an early age, his family moved to a small farm in Brooksville, Mississippi. After high school, he attended East Mississippi Junior College on a football scholarship and went on to graduate from Mississippi State University with a master’s degree in education. He has eight years’ experience building residential homes and another twenty-one years of running his own business. He is now a middle school teacher and former high school baseball coach.
Pres and his wife, Pam, raised two beautiful, athletic girls, Alex and Corey, where they built a house on the family farm in Brooksville. He and Pam both enjoyed coaching their girls in sports from pee-wee age through high school. Pres loves to be outdoors hunting, fishing, and occasionally golfing, in what he calls “God’s Country” because he can be at either of those places in minutes.
Pres brings his love and experience for outdoors and Mississippi to real estate. His history with people and their families make Pres the go to person to find the right home or property for you needs. With Pres as your real estate agent, you can find the right fit. Contact Pres today!
Tom has lived in New Albany all his life. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1985 with a BS in Forestry and is a Registered Forester and Certified General Appraiser. He retired from the Right of Way Division of the Mississippi Department of Transportation in 2014 with 29 years as a staff appraiser, review appraiser and forester.
Tom and his wife, Veronica, and their two children, Daniel and Patricia are all active within The First Baptist Church New Albany. Tom is an avid outdoorsman and is very involved with the Trail Life USA Troop MS-356. His outdoor activities also include hunting, fishing, bicycling and golf. With a passion for the outdoors and being raised on the land, he is an excellent choice to assist you in finding the perfect place for your family’s next home or tract of land.
A great love of the outdoors brought Michael to Tom Smith. Michael has been an avid outdoorsman and sportsman since childhood. At Mississippi State University, Michael pursued his interests of land management and animal science by earning a degree in Biological Sciences.
After graduation, Michael began working for the United States Forest Service maintaining National Forests. He has also served as a Wildland firefighter in the western United States and Alaska. Michael and his wife, Lauren Ann, also own a retail store, LA Green, in downtown Starkville, MS. With Michael’s combined land education and business background, he is ready to help you with all your land and home needs.
Originally from Ackerman, MS, Michael and his wife currently reside in Starkville, MS with their sons, Rhett and Westin. He and his family are members of Starkville First Baptist Church, where he and his wife serve as Sunday School teachers. Michael also enjoys fishing, hunting, and small craftsman projects.
Integrity is what you will find from the first handshake to the last when working with Michael. He is willing and eager to strive for your best, whether buying or selling property. Michael will walk with you through the entire process ensuring both confidence and ease. His determination, self-assurance, and patience will help you find your dream property. Call or text him today to get started!