The transition to Carrus management for any
property is seamless. Utilizing our unique 5-Step Management Process and
sophisticated tools and systems, we guide property owner(s) and
existing management teams through each level. Regular work meetings and
written quarterly and annual reports ensure complete
transparency for the landowner.
Baseline Assessment -
Using proprietary tools, Carrus first
obtains a clear picture of "What is?" and "Why is it?" This provides a
foundation for informed decision-making throughout the planning process.
Opportunity Analysis -
There are numerous anecdotes of the rancher who "struck oil" and is now
getting paid by a previously unknown opportunity. For Carrus, capturing
opportunities is not left to chance - it is an integral part of the
system. Using a systematic process to "see" the future, we can better
anticipate and take advantage of new opportunities as they emerge.
Management Plans -
Defining the destination is only an exercise if you do not know how to
get here. CMS prepares detailed 1-and 5-year management plans that act
as road maps to your destination based on a detailed understanding of your values, goals, and objectives.
Having the right vehicle and crew to get there. What could be more
important? We empower people by providing constant support and simple
systems for making consistent progress toward known targets, while more
easily managing the day-to-day details that make the business of land
ownership so complex.
Review & Report -
Transparency in management decisions and outcomes is essential to the
proper function of any property. With quarterly and
annual reports, enterprise accounting and asset management systems, and
ecological monitoring tools, our clients always have a clear picture of
The 5-Step Management Process
leads to a functioning system that includes the creation of a
conventional business plan, customized operating policies and
procedures, and remote information access. This enables decision-makers
to organize and utilize critical information and available resources in a
clear and defensible format. This structure captures constructive input
and justifies planned actions, allowing managers and owners alike to
transform the current operation with directed energy - enabling them to
engage future possibilities in a powerful new way.
How will Carrus improve my property?
We do not have a magic recipe for land
management. What we have are people, systems and tools with a
demonstrated ability to create value. We use a consistent, logical
framework for knowing what is, exploring what can be, designing the best plan to succeed, taking the right steps to do it, and measuring, monitoring, and reporting progress. Our team-based approach will make your goals understood and consistently transform the structure and function of your property to meet them.
Is it worth it?
On a ranch acquired in 2002, net cash flow has
increased 300% while the land value has increased 4-6X. On another
property, our members implemented a comprehensive plan to increase
stocking rates that resulted in an additional 26,000 AUM's at a cost of
less than $1,000,000 (<$465/cow unit), while simultaneously
increasing elk, moose, antelope and sage grouse numbers. These examples
simply reflect the value that can be captured when the right expertise
is applied in the right way. Ultimately, the value of our services will
be measured in more than net cash flow. While increasing profitability
is always a key facet of any management plan, the value of our clients'
time and peace of mind often weighs heavier on the scale.
How can I justify increasing costs on an operation that is already marginal?
Most properties are under-served by professional
management because only the larger ranches have sufficient efficiencies
of scale to pay for it. Carrus makes this expertise affordable for
farms and ranches of virtually any size by leveraging it across multiple
properties. The net result for the landowner is more time, more money and better stewardship.
How difficult is the transition to Carrus management?
We have made the transition simple and
straightforward. The full-spectrum of business and property management
services (bookkeeping, payroll, bills, employee supervision, record
keeping, maintenance, etc.) can all be handled by Carrus as we implement
the specific management plans that have been tailored to you and your
What happens to my current managers?
A current manager's experience and knowledge
is often essential to obtaining the highest possible performance from a
property. We empower existing managers and enable them to reach their
full potential by recognizing and complementing their strengths while
supporting the owner's additional needs.
Our expertise has been
obtained by managing some of the largest and most complex ranches in the
country as well as numerous smaller properties with their own unique
challenges. As a result, current and aspiring professional natural
resource managers often consider it a privilege and a career-enhancing
opportunity to work with our partners.
We establish relationships
of mutual respect and trust with everyone engaged in pursuing the
landowner's objectives. In the event that a current property manager
does not exist, or a new on-site manager is need for any reason, Carrus
has access to top-flight professionals and quality candidates for every
type of situation or we can work with local individuals with the "right
How much control do I retain over management decisions?
The property owner retains full control. Any
delegation of authority is clearly spelled out in the management
contract. We provide the decision-making tools, systems, management
planning, and day-to-day oversight that supports the on-the-ground
manager's work and frees the property owner from many burdensome aspects
of land ownership. Experience has shown that most property owners
delegate more and more responsibility to Carrus without losing any
desired authority, autonomy or involvement.
How much does it cost?
Our compensation is based on the size and
complexity of the operation and the scope of work we perform. Our
Comprehensive Management Solution typically includes start-up fees over
the first 6 months of the contract, a monthly payment for ongoing
management services, and appropriate incentives. All
fees and expenses are clearly set out ahead of time. If you partner with
Carrus to invest in a new property, we will guarantee that all of our
fees will be covered by the income generated by the property.