Randy Edwards Jeff Lien Anthony Toso

Richard Kilgore Martin Seanez John Strohmaier

Mary Anne Dores Kay Austin Kyle Dalrymple

George Morasci Stephanie Bengard Anmmar Alsaggaf

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Randal H. Edwards, ARA
President / CEO / Broker

Certified General Real Estate Appraiser
CA CGREA #AG004002
Accredited Rural Appraiser

CA Broker #01424270
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Randy Edwards, ARA is a 1988 graduate of California State University Fresno with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business. Real Estate and Viticulture were his collegiate study concentrations. He spent two years with the USDA, Farmers Home Administration (now FSA) in Bakersfield, CA as an Assistant County Supervisor. The next seven years of employment was with Central Valley Production Credit Association (now American AgCredit) in Turlock, CA as a staff appraiser. He started Edwards Appraisal Service, on a part time basis, in 1996 that became a fully operational firm in 1997 in Hilmar, California. Randy and his wife Marie have been residents of Hilmar since 1992 and they have three sons, Randy J., Jason and David. Randy and Jeff Lien, a longtime associate, formed the General Partnership of Edwards & Lien, Agricultural Appraisers and Consultants in 2001. The business flourished and was incorporated in 2003 as Edwards & Lien, Inc. with base operations remaining in Hilmar. Randy and Jeff took a third partner, Tony Toso, in 2009 and formed Edwards, Lien & Toso, Inc. Their business territories span the entire San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys of California and into portions of Northern California, Northern Nevada and Southern Oregon primarily for specialized dairy assignments.

Throughout his career he has been specifically educated in the appraisal of agricultural properties and has maintained his appraisal practice since 1988. He was awarded the professional designation of Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) in 1995, the highest rank, and the only title conferred on rural appraisers by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. In 1993 he was certified by the State of California as a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.

Randy obtained his Real Estate Brokers License in 2004 and concurrently joined The Ranch Company, Inc. (TRC) based in Visalia, CA where he practiced until the end of 2014. In 2015, Edwards, Lien & Toso, Inc. became licensed as a corporation through the California Bureau of Real Estate with Randy Edwards and Tony Toso assuming roles as co-brokers for the firm. Randy's real estate career also extends to the professional management of three multi-tenant commercial properties and two agricultural properties for family and personal concerns.

He is a past President of the California Chapter ASFMRA (2006-2007). To name a few, he has served as the Chairman for the 2004 Spring Outlook Forum and on the Review, Membership and Education (past chairman) committees. He has been the Region 3 (San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties) Committee Chairman for the Trends in Agricultural Land and Lease Values since 1993 with various statewide oral presentations and annual local-speaking engagements on the topic. He has coauthored and instructed several appraisal education courses through his close ties to the California Chapter ASFMRA relating to dairy, permanent plantings, special use agricultural facilities and regularly participates on various professional panels for business, governmental and trade organizations.

He currently serves on the Agricultural Business Advisory Board, and maintains membership with AG ONE and the Viticulture & Enology Research Center, all of which relate to California State University of Fresno. He is the past President of the Executive Finance Council for Holy Rosary/St. Mary's Parrish and past Vice President of the Hilmar Chamber of Commerce. Other memberships include the Merced County Sheriffs Posse, San Joaquin Valley Ag Lenders Society (former chair) and several county Farm Bureau organizations.