Ben F. “Tres” Brooks III

Chairman & CEO

Benjamin F. Brooks, III (Tres) is the Chairman and CEO of The Brooks Companies. He is a second generation real estate developer and entrepreneur residing in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Mr. Brooks' 30-year real estate career has been primarily focused on the acquisition, development, and disposition of large rural ranch properties in Arizona, Wyoming and New Mexico. 

Mr. Brooks acquired his Arizona real estate license at the early age of 18 and his broker's license at the age of 24. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, former president of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO), and a current member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). 

The Brooks Companies currently have offices located in Scottsdale, Arizona along with Cheyenne, Casper and Laramie, Wyoming and Socorro, New Mexico. Mr. Brooks is also the majority owner of Brooks-Clark & Associates, the second largest general real estate brokerage firm located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. 

Mr. Brooks and The Brooks Companies are true experts in the development and marketing of ranch properties, having purchased and sold over 1,000,000 acres in Arizona, Wyoming and New Mexico. Mr. Brooks continues to set the standard of success in the arena of land development. 

The Brooks Companies looks forward to continuing to pursue great real estate ownership opportunities, profitable partnerships and prideful developments for many years to come.

Michael P. Sawhill

President/COO

Michael P. Sawhill is a proven and proficient corporate leader who is well versed in finance, administration, residential real estate projects and planning and development. His broad background includes expertise in construction management and litigation, title research and analysis, governmental coordination, environmental assessments and impact statements, plus budgeting, pro formas and projections. Michael joined The Brooks Companies in 1987, bringing with him extensive experience as an executive and administrator with multi-million dollar national companies. He has an in-depth understanding of tax issues and other intricate business matters, complemented by solid long-term strategic planning skills. Michael is a keen problem solver and creative thinker with demonstrated ability to analyze challenges. 

Michael is adept at organizing and managing people, resources, and projects. Additionally, he is consistently focused on creating successful business ventures and maximizing each project's goals and objectives. Perhaps more importantly, he is recognized and widely respected for his straight talk, honesty, and integrity – characteristics he considers paramount. 

As President of The Brooks Companies, Michael uses his strong administrative and management skills, along with knowledge to lead a productive and well-trained team of professionals to ensure The Brooks Companies is a consistently successful organization. The results of which are accurate pro forma projections, quantified expectations and maximized profitability for clients, investors and business associates. In addition to his management skills, Michael has valuable first-hand experience in working with governmental agencies at various levels, from local and county to state and federal. This experience covers a wide range of topics including ingress and egress issues, ranching operations, land usage, planning and zoning, as well as environmental, cultural and biological concerns. 

Consequently, Michael has played a vital role both in establishing The Brooks Companies as an expert in land development, as well as the sales and marketing of many real estate projects. He is a key contributor to the company's ongoing accomplishments. For example, Michael coordinated the largest private land exchange in the history of Arizona. This exchange, which involved the Federal Government's Bureau of Land Management (BLM), has been acclaimed by several high-level regulatory agencies for its success in benefiting not only the United States government and The Brooks Companies as a private enterprise, but the American public as well. 

Michael's strong belief in the value of experience is backed up by an associate broker's license, along with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO) and a former member of the Retail Financial Executives and the Phoenix Board of Realtors.

Alan Olson

General Manager/Marketing Director

Alan Olson was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho and attended Texas Lutheran University in Sequin, Texas prior to moving to Arizona in 1993. Alan worked as a Financial Analyst helping to develop pro forma projections for real estate developments across the United States. He also has extensive experience developing and managing real estate projects and was instrumental in the sale of over twenty million dollars’ worth of property while working for a Liquidation Trust company. 

Mr. Olson joined The Brooks Companies in 2005 as a Project Manager and was responsible for the management and development of projects in Arizona and New Mexico. Alan's attention to detail, strong organizational skills as well as his wide-ranging financial and management background led to his promotion as the General Manager of The Brooks Companies. Mr. Olson holds a real estate license in Arizona. Alan is also a key player in the planning and development of the Companies marketing efforts. His varied background and abilities have made him an integral part of the Brooks team.