Meet the Team

Office Staff

Dave Allee, Marketing Director

Dave Allee is a Southern California native with family ties to North Idaho. He brings ten years of experience in marketing, branding, e-commerce, and retail to Sports Afield Trophy Properties. He is passionate about conservation, wildlife, and marketing strategy. Dave joined the Sports Afield Trophy Properties team in late 2016 to contribute to our marketing efforts. As a long-time reader of Sports Afield, Mr. Allee brings an enthusiasm for the brand to our team, and to our network of SATP Brokers. Dave lives in Costa Mesa with his wife Alex and dog named Dudley. He loves cooking with his wife (wild game, as often as she will let him), surfing, basketball, and of course, hunting.

Sharon Barreto, Director of Corporate Operations

Sharon is a native of Southern California who moved from the Inland Empire to Orange County when she started attending the University of California Irvine. After graduating, she decided to stay in Orange County, and eventually got a job working for Sports Afield. Upon Sports Afield's acquisition of the Trophy Properties program, Sharon took charge of administrative duties from organizing contracts to coordinating marking efforts.In her free time Sharon likes to try complicated cooking experiments, eat at fancy restaurants, and do all sorts of crafty projects from sewing to home improvement.

Jerry Gutierrez, Art Director

Born in California, the son of Mexican immigrants, Jerry Gutierrez worked hard to get his Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Cal State University of Los Angeles. He battled the odds becoming a Middle School Computer Science/Math teacher, later working for a major Computer Software Company as a Graphic Designer/Photographer/Media expert in their Marketing Dept. Jerry has experience in all design software for print, web and multimedia. He has edited short films and trailers, and has had his art/designs included in commercials and media. He is currently working as senior graphic designer and art director for Sports Afield magazine; he designs printed materials for Sports Afield Trophy Properties and he also provides IT support for their internal work network. He has been married to his wife, Abigail, for 10 years and has two children, Maria and Alex. In his spare time, he enjoys building and fixing computers, along with playing Lego video games with his 8 year old son, Alex.

Jim Landis, Accountant

Jim is an experienced accountant with a work history that includes both large and small companies including Hyundai Motor America. This experience has provided Jim the foundation to adapt to the ever changing needs of a growing company like SATP.He holds a BS in Accounting from Cal Poly, Pomona and a MBA from the University of Phoenix . Jim has extensive "hands-on" experience including everything from controller and manager duties to being the backup responsible for accounts payable and credit and collections. Born in Inglewood, he is a native Californian. He lives with his wife of 40 plus years and enjoys softball and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Annette Patterson, Graphic Designer

Annette Patterson has been with the company for about three years. She has a Bachelor of Art degree from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee and graduated right after the dawn of computerized graphics. After graduation she started her graphics career with a two year assignment in Ghana, West Africa, preparing Sunday School books for printing on mimeograph machines. She worked for many years in newspaper graphics before coming to SATP. Annette is married with two stepsons, one with autism. She likes to draw and paint in her spare time, does face painting for charity, and enjoys listening to Weird Al Yankovic.

James Reed, Director of Sales

James Reed grew up in the Midwest, farming and working at his family owned farm implement dealership and hunting whitetails whenever possible. James moved west to the mountains of Idaho in search of more hunting opportunities and the solitude of the Rockies. In 2008 James brought his many years of hunting, guiding and sales experience to Sports Afield when he joined our team. James is now the Director of Sales of Sports Afield and Sports Afield Trophy Properties. As anyone who knows James can attest, hunting is not just his job-it is a huge part of his life. James lives in the mountains of Idaho with his wife and five of his children, all of whom hunt, fish and embrace the outdoor lifestyle. A veteran of the industry, James incorporates 35 plus years of sales experience with 45 years of hunting experience. He has hunted in 10 countries on four continents and is a veteran of 12 African safaris.

Deetra Tsakrios, Field Manager

Deetra is a native Idahoan. She has enjoyed time spent on the family ranch as a child and adult,recreating, working and hunting. Her parents were professionals in the fields of Education, Banking, Investment Management and Financial Planning, which guided her into her lifework in Bank Marketing, Real Estate Lending, Real Estate Title work and 1031 exchanges. She has worked extensively with realtors, brokers, and recreational property developers in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Deetra’s outdoor activities include raising beef cattle for friends and family, golfing, fly fishing, archery hunting, skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. She is also a certified ski instructor in Idaho. She is an avid professional football fan and takes great pleasure in time spent with family and friends on weekends and holidays cheering for her favorite team. She cherishes time spent with her daughter. As an active parent she knows strength and determination are keys to success in life. She practices those skills as a parent, in her career, and in the field when she is on the trail of big game. She has a deep love of hunting and fishing in her native Idaho, especially in the beauty of the mountains and valleys of the Lost River Range, where you might find her enjoying cool evenings around a camp fire with friends and family.

Carrie Zrelak, Office Manager

Carrie Zrelak has been with Sports Afield for 13 years. Ms. Zrelak is a California native who has taken her love of the outdoors into her professional life. As office manager, her passion for quality customer service extends from a belief in team building and service to our clients and customers. Ms. Zrelak enjoys oil painting, her family, and spending time in the out of doors.

Ludo Wurfbain, CEO

Ludo came to the USA in 1979 and attended Marshall Business School at the University of Southern California (USC). He is married to Dr. Jacque Neufeld, a native of Cincinnati, and they have a son, Rory. Ludo and Jacque started book-publishing company Safari Press in 1984. In 2002 Ludo was one of the founders of Field Sports Publishing Inc., which purchased Sports Afield from Robert E. Peterson (who had bought the magazine from The Hearst Corporation a few years earlier). In 2014 Sports Afield purchased Cabela's Trophy Properties and renamed it Sports Afield Trophy Properties. When not working, Ludo enjoys downhill skiing, hunting, and motorcycle road racing (as a spectator only), and spending time with his family both in the USA and in Holland.

SATP Planning Council

SATP has a Planning Council in place that consist out of full time licensed and accredited real-estate professionals who have served in the industry for 10 or more years. All planning Council members are Exclusive Sports Afield Trophy Property brokers and highly respected by their peers in the industry. Council members help steer SATP marketing, branding and strategic direction. The council meets physically once a year and hold regular conference calls.

Kevin Wetherell
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Kevin is the Broker/Owner of Clearwater Montana Properties, Inc. He believes that providing you with knowledge of the land and area is key to guiding you to make the right choices. Born a 5th generation Montanan, his extensive knowledge of Montana enables him to shoot straight with many years experience and knowledge. He believes in advancing his real estate education and has obtained his CRB (The Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers), GRI (Graduate of Realtors Institute), RRS (Resort and Recreational Specialist) designations, as well as extensive real estate brokerage management and supervision. Kevin enjoys elk hunting, fly fishing, downhill skiing, hiking, and basketball.

Jeff Switzer
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Jeff Switzer founded Rocky Mountain Ranch & Land to realize his vision and passion for the land. He brings over 25 years of experience to the real estate business and his love of the land and the outdoors extends through his business practices. He has been a licensed real estate broker in 5 states and currently holds active licenses in Colorado and Florida. He has worked in every facet of the recreational land business including acquisitions, sales & marketing, land planning, entitlements, and development and has held senior executive positions for several nationally recognized real estate companies. His experience has taken him to every region of the United States and since 1995 he has acquired or managed the development and sale of numerous ranch and recreational properties throughout Central and Southern Colorado.

Vicki Garrisi
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Vicki Garrisi, Owner Broker of True West Properties, has lived and recreated in the great Rocky Mountains of Colorado since 1995. Born and raised in Maryland, she spent her early years on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the Appalachian Mountains of Western Maryland. A career in sales gave her the opportunity to work with diverse mix of clients from US corporations to farm & ranch businesses on the Eastern Plains and Western Slope of Colorado. A passion for the outdoors, strong connection to the mountains and love of the Old West and its history led her to a career in mountain real estate. Vicki believes every piece of land is just as unique as the person seeking it.

Derrick Volchoff
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A licensed Realtor in 1976, spending the next 32 years developing a career and companies in Real Estate and Building. As with any well-planned adventure, scouting and access are critical. Northern Michigan, from sunrise on Lake Huron to sunset on Lake Michigan, to the Mackinaw Bridge Derrick has experienced most all of what the Great Lake State has to offer. Fishing the Great Lakes, inland waters; hunting the orchards, swamps and hardwoods; skiing, snowmobiling with foot thick ice offering a winter playground; spring Steelhead and Turkeys, Michigan is truly a recreational heaven.

Ian Volchoff
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Ian is the owner and founder of Trophy Class Real Estate in Michigan. I enjoy representing my clients in the purchases and sales of Northern Michigan Real Estate including Northern Michigan Hunting Property, Lake Front and River Front Properties. As an active Fisherman, Hunter and outdoor enthusiast, selling recreational property comes naturally.

Key Non-Staff Team Members

Tim Danklef, Safari Classics Productions

Tim's background in marketing and business management has been an integral part of the growth and success of Safari Classics Productions, which produces World of Sports Afield TV. His love of hunting, shooting, and fine double guns eventually led him to Africa, starting a love affair that has only gotten stronger since he first set foot on The Dark Continent over twenty years ago. Tim has hunted and filmed in most of Africa's premier hunting fields and has taken the majority of the recognized dangerous game. Tim has spent a great deal of his professional life on African soil in the capacity of producer and videographer for his company's numerous television and DVD projects and his work has long been enjoyed by sportsmen who see Africa as the ultimate hunting destination. Tim splits his stateside time between the business end of the TV and production division and his African safari booking business.

Dave Fulson, Safari Classics Productions

Dave's has been a life entirely dedicated to his passion for the outdoors. His love for adventure and big game hunting has allowed him to travel the globe in several capacities ranging from guide, outdoor writer, videographer, and producer and television personality. Dave has hunted on four continents and taken over 75 species of big game, but his heart and professional career are most notably linked to Africa. Dave spends a great deal of the safari season on location in Africa filming, hunting, and working with the outfitters Safari Classics represents. When not in Africa, he is in the Dallas office assisting safari clients or overseeing the production of Safari Classics television and DVD projects.

Christy Funke, Safari Classics Productions

Christy is Safari Classics production manager. Overseeing all areas of video production in the Dallas office, her talent as an editor, combined with her creative eye, is a driving force behind the success of Safari Classics Productions and World of Sports Afield TV. Seeing Africa every day through her computer, and having been on safari herself, enables Christy to capture the mood and unforgettable moments of a particular story or safari. Christy is truly one of the top editors and production specialists in the entire world of outdoor production, making her a key member of the Safari Classics team.

John Hayter, Thought Mechanics

John Hayter, born and raised on a large West Texas Ranch, has been involved with the Farm and Ranch industry his entire life, either managing ranches or working in the Farm and Ranch real estate industry. As an owner and founder of Thought Mechanics, John provides support for the Farm and Ranch real estate community through his web design and development companies. John has worked with brokers across the country, building an extensive network of relationships in many facets of the farm and ranch real estate niche. John works to continually innovate and lead the industry in providing services that allow his clients to set themselves apart.