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Meet the Team


Management Team


David Braun

CEO, Co-Founder

As a well-known and well-respected conservation advocate, David Braun continues to raise the bar for all aspects of land and wildlife management. In addition to co-founding Plateau, he is the principal and founder of Braun & Gresham, PLLC, where attorneys provide legal counsel, practical advice, and innovative solutions to owners of rural land, including buying and selling land, conservation easements, condemnation defense, property taxes, mitigation banking, and conservation development. In both his law practice and with Plateau, David sets high standards for client satisfaction and always works in a “can-do” style. Before founding Plateau and Braun & Gresham, David served as the Texas State Director and International Vice President of The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s premier land conservation organizations. Interested in natural sciences and conservation since his youth, David’s first steps down his wildlife and conservation-minded career path included work as a field biologist for several universities and museums, and as a nature tour guide for two of the premier nature tour companies in the U.S., for whom he led groups in the region between Texas and Venezuela.


Beyrl Armstrong

Co-Founder

BeyrlFew in the land and wildlife management field have more hands-on experience than Beyrl Armstrong. Prior to co-founding Plateau, he managed all on-site activities of a premier 10,000-acre ranch on the Frio River. Planning, budgeting, personnel, a leased livestock operation, land restoration, new construction, development of hunting and nature tourism operations, and guest services all fell under his direction. Some of Beyrl’s other supervisory experience includes subdivision development where he had oversight of building roads, storm drains, and sanitation sewers, as well as landscape-scale conservation and restoration projects in the Texas Hill Country. For the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Beyrl has been involved in the design, management and protection of 24,000 acres of diverse conservation lands, including development of guest and research facilities on Dolan Falls Preserve and management of the Wynne Lodge on Matagorda Island. As a trained property tax consultant, he has worked with several Central Texas appraisal districts on wildlife valuation issues. Thanks to his breadth and depth of knowledge and experience, as well as his undeniable charisma, Beyrl is a sought-after speaker on a variety of wildlife and environmental issues. The son of missionaries, Beyrl was raised in Hawaii and Indonesia and in previous incarnations has worked as a shrimper, a sailboat captain, restaurant manager, and hatter’s helper. Beyrl has traveled around the world and sailed across the Gulf of Mexico seven times.


Shane Kiefer

Director of Ecological Services

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Shane Kiefer is a native Texan from Bell County who has lived and worked all across the state. He’s been with Plateau since 2005 and has worked with hundreds of private landowners creating wildlife management plans, comprehensive land use plans, and providing land management consulting across 8 of the 10 Texas Ecoregions. Since 2013, Shane has overseen the Ecological Services Division, which comprises all of Plateau’s field operations. Shane is a Certified Wildlife Biologist® and Registered Property Tax Consultant whose specialties include managing game species, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), habitat assessment and management, and open-space tax valuations. He has provided educational seminars on wildlife and natural resources to real estate professionals, natural resource students, Texas Master Naturalists, and landowners. Shane holds a Bachelor of Science in Range, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology from Texas State University – San Marcos. He enjoys hunting and fishing whenever he can, which is not often enough.


Steve Parker

Product And Services Division Manager

SteveA proven self-starter, Steve Parker owned and operated his own home improvements business before joining Plateau in 2005 where he has worked his way up the ranks over the years from Wildlife Services Field Technician to Product and Services Division Manager. Although born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, summers were spent working on a family-owned dairy farm in Tennessee. He attributes his grandfather’s hard work ethic while working six and a half days a week on the farm with instilling in him his own work ethic. Steve has always been passionate about providing needed services for people, and Plateau has afforded him an opportunity to do that on a much larger scale. Steve’s kindness, common-sense, and uncanny organizational skills are much valued by co-workers and clients alike.


Tim Milligan

Director of Sales

TimBorn in Lubbock and raised in Austin, Tim Milligan grew up in the city but was reared on a working family farm in Garfield, Texas. There, his lifelong appreciation for the land and his love of all things wild was planted and has continued to grow. He has been married for 17 years to Melissa and they have two kids, Aidan and Abby. Tim spent 14 years working in the automobile industry, most of that time spent as a Finance Director for some of the largest auto dealers in Texas. Tim points to this experience as the foundation for his ability to adapt and find unique solutions for the opportunities he encounters in our business. For the past 8 years, Tim has also owned and operated a popular quail hunting business, where he guides hunts on the historic LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, Texas, along with other exclusive ranches all over the state. Through this opportunity, Tim has gained invaluable hands-on experience in the restoration of quail habitat and the re-establishment of quail populations. Tim is active in Texas Wildlife Association, Quail Forever, Quail Unlimited, and the Dripping Springs United Methodist Men. In his personal time, if it has to do with working dogs, working the land, hunting, fishing, or his kids’ sports, he’s there.


Rhonda Conner

RhondaOffice Manager

Biology Team


Mark Gray

Senior Wildlife Biologist

Mark GFrom Hawaii, where he was born, to England, where his family was stationed overseas, Mark Gray grew up fascinated by local wildlife and developed a liking for both bugs and birds. His childhood passion led to a Bachelor of Science in Evolution, Ecology and Conservation from the University of Texas, a Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology from Texas State University and, ultimately, a career with Plateau. Mark began as a contractor for Plateau in 2001 and joined the team permanently in 2005. In his years with the company, Mark has established a reputation as a skilled wildlife biologist, valued registered property tax consultant, and expert birder. Mark’s passion for birds has led him to see over 580 species in the United States, well on his way to seeing his current goal of 700 species.


Sarah Kahlich

Senior Wildlife Biologist

SarahSarah Kahlich is Plateau’s Senior Wildlife Biologist in Hill Country South. She’s originally from east Texas, but has lived on the coast and west Texas before taking a position with Plateau in central Texas. She enjoys being outdoors whether it’s hiking, mountain biking, duck hunting or shooting at clays – she prefers the solitude of the wilderness to the busy city life. Sarah is a graduate from Texas A&M with a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management and a minor in Rangeland Ecology and Management. She received her Masters from Sul Ross State University in Range and Wildlife Management in 2013. Sarah is currently an Associate Wildlife Biologist (AWB) and working towards becoming a Certified Wildlife Biologist (CWB).


James Hall

JamesStaff Biologist

Born in Denton and raised in Austin, James Hall has spent much of his life camping, hiking, and fishing the many parks and open spaces of Texas and throughout the Southwest. This appreciation for the outdoors led him to Texas State University, where he graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology. James quickly joined Plateau’s ranks in a hybrid role, sharing his duties among the Products & Services, Sales & Marketing, and Biology Divisions. James joined the Biology team full time in 2010, where he works closely with landowners on land and wildlife management consultation and performs a variety of wildlife surveys. He is a registered property tax consultant, holds an endangered species 10a permit, and is working towards becoming a Certified Wildlife Biologist. James remains a dedicated naturalist and outdoorsman, a fervent reader, and an amateur beer brewer, but his greatest achievement is raising his daughter with his wife Ellen to enjoy the wild world.


Kyndal Anderson

KendallStaff Biologist

Sales & Marketing Team


Dusty Alexander

Account Manager

DustyDusty grew up in Kendall County and knows the region like the back of his hand. His passion for wildlife was born on his grandfather’s ranch near Yancey, Texas, in Medina County and continued through college while he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Texas. From the classroom to the chainsaw (some of you may have met Dusty during his time at Plateau several years ago as a Wildlife Technician), Dusty brings more smart, practical know-how to the Plateau team. Dusty and his wife Erin live just north of San Antonio in Spring Branch, Texas, with their two children and two dogs.


Mark Hefner

Account Manager

Mark HMark was born in Austin, Texas and has spent his life in and around the central Texas area.  His love for wildlife and the outdoors started in Bastrop and Lee counties and continues today as he cares for his family ranch in Mason county. Mark brings a unique perspective to the table due to his operations background, passion for wildlife and knowledge of the central Texas area. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Mark’s professional experience and hands-on style add to an already strong Plateau team. Mark and his wife Stacey reside in Round Rock, Texas with their two sons.


Kameron Bain

Business Development

KameronKameron Bain grew up in Conway, New Hampshire nestled in the heart of the Mount Washington Valley. She graduated from Quinnipiac University in Hamdon, Connecticut in 2002 with a BA in Mass Communications. Tired of the cold, she decided to move to the warmth and Texas. She joined the team at Plateau Land & Wildlife Management as the receptionist. Today, she works on the Business Development team focusing on what she loves best, helping clients.


Administrative Team


Sarah Leake

Human Resources Manager

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Born in California, Sarah spent much of her childhood on the beaches up and down the California coast. That is, until her family’s move to Austin. After the initial shock, she discovered an appreciation for the Texas Hill Country and a love of geography – so much that she graduated from Texas State University with a B.S. in Geography Resource and Environmental Studies. Since Sarah joined Plateau in 2009 she has worked as a receptionist, Accounting Supervisor and now HR Manager. Sarah and her husband, Aaron, are enjoying every minute of their new roles as parents to their son Sean.

 

 

 

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