Stephen S. Adams is president of Oklahoma Land and Cattle Company and manager of Adams Land LLC, both privately-owned Tulsa-based Oklahoma corporations. Through these and other entities, Steve has been involved in agricultural, commercial, residential and resort real estate brokerage and development in Oklahoma, Florida and Colorado and the founding and development of a number of venture capital investments.
Steve was born in Kansas City, Kansas, grew up on a ranch near Bartlesville, Oklahoma and spent summers working on the family's ranch properties in Washington and Osage counties. He grew to love the outdoor lifestyle, the land and the wildlife and to admire and respect the work ethic of those who made a living off the land. He graduated from Bartlesville College High School and earned a bachelor's degree in advertising from the University of Kansas' School of Journalism but always had in mind that someday he would return to the land. After a few years as an account executive with Merrill Lynch, Steve had the opportunity to return to the ranch, farm and real estate business and has not ventured far from it since.
On many occasions, the Adams ranches were host to university and range management research groups. The book Pasture and Range Plants, which was first published in 1963 and is used to this day by many universities and state and federal agencies, was based on data compiled from research conducted on the family's land. For many years, state and federal wildlife agencies would use the family's ranchland for research and the reintroduction of various wildlife species.
As a result of this exposure and the many years of hunting and fishing with his father and brothers, Steve developed a particular interest in efforts to conserve natural resources. He is a member and past president of the Boone and Crockett Club, the nation's first wildlife conservation organization founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt, headquartered in Missoula, Montana, and is a board member and former chair of the Sutton Avian Research Center near Bartlesville.
Steve is and has been involved in other local, regional and national non-profit organizations including the Frank Phillips Foundation and its Woolaroc Wildlife Park and Western Art Museum near Bartlesville, of which he is a trustee. He is a former board member of the Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; the University of Montana Foundation, Missoula, Montana; and the American Farmland Trust, Washington, DC. Steve is also a former member of the Business and Industry Committee of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Washington, DC and the Tulsa Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. For several years he served as the Oklahoma Representative of The Conservation Fund, Washington, DC. He is a member of the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors and holds real estate licenses in Oklahoma and Colorado.
Steve lives in Tulsa and enjoys many types of outdoor recreation, mountain sports in particular -- both winter and summer -- and especially in the company of his wife, Vicki, and their five boys.
Blake B. Adams became a licensed Colorado real estate broker in 2006 and for three years was a broker associate with Prestege Real Estate Group in Denver, focusing on residential sales and land acquisition for small and mid-sized residential and commercial developments. In 2009, he became the Director of Colorado Operations for Adams Land.
Since the creation of the Denver Theatre District in 2008, Blake has represented a national media/sign company and leased building exterior wall locations within the District for placement of large-scale advertising signs.
Blake received a BS degree in Business Administration/Economics from the University of Kansas and an MS degree in Real Estate/Construction Management from the University of Denver. He is a member of the Denver LoDo District's Young Professionals Committee and was selected to the District's board in March, 2011. Blake is also a member of the Urban Land Institute-Colorado, the Downtown Denver Partnership and co-founder of Colorado Networking Alliance, a local organization specializing in connecting professionals in referral-based industries.
Although born and raised in Tulsa, Blake spent many vacations in Colorado. So after graduation from KU, it was no surprise he wanted to explore opportunities in Denver. Many winter weekends are spent backcountry skiing and telemarking groomed slopes, while a good part of Blake's summer free time is spent hiking and climbing.