Ekdahl Nelson Real Estate of Stamford is among the top 100 companies from around the world selected for the 16th annual Aggie 100 which honors the fastest-growing companies owned or operated by former students of Texas A&M University. Ekdahl Nelson was recognized as number 34 with a compound annual growth rate of 58.747%. The Aggie 100 is founded and hosted by the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University.
Ekdahl Nelson Real Estate is a full-service real estate brokerage firm specializing in farm and ranch, recreational, residential, and commercial properties. Ed Ekdahl founded the company in 1980 while still farming in Jones County, and eventually opened an office on the downtown square of Stamford and it became his primary career. His son, John Ekdahl, graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a degree in finance and started his real estate career as an agent with Ekdahl Nelson in 1996. Over the years, John worked with his father to grow the business and obtained his broker license.
When Ed decided to retire in 2007, John took over as the owner. In 2019, John and longtime West Texas real estate professional A.E. “Butch” Nelson decided to merge Ekdahl Real Estate and Nelson Farm & Ranch Properties headquartered in Abilene, Texas. Ekdahl Nelson Real Estate now serves an even greater portion of West Texas with offices in Abilene, Anson, Aspermont, Stamford and Rotan.
“When I received the news about making the 2020 Aggie 100 list, I had to sit back and take it in,” said John. “It made me proud to know a company my dad started here in Stamford, Texas is ranked among some of the fastest growing businesses around the world. It wouldn’t have been possible without our hard-working agents and staff. They are the ones who have grown the business over the years. I am grateful to be surrounded by a great team.”
The 100 Aggie-owned companies with the highest compound annual revenue growth from 2017 to 2019 were revealed and recognized during a live-stream awards showcase on Friday, November 6, 2020. The awards production is available for viewing at tx.ag/2020Aggie100.
“The Aggie 100 brand represents the most elite group of successful Aggie entrepreneurs, whose endeavors have truly made our world a better place to live. Texas A&M recognizes both their individual efforts and their collective success, in the same way these Honorees acknowledge the important role our beloved university played in the development of their character. The McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship proudly embodies the legacy through which our Aggie 100 Honorees can contribute to developing the next great generation of Aggie entrepreneurs.” said Blake Petty ‘98, Director of the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship.
A complete Aggie 100 list can be viewed at www.aggie100.com.