MEET THE

FARM ONTARIO TEAM


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Phil Spoelstra

Broker of Record

(519) 667-1800

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Ron Steenbergen

Broker of Record

(519) 667-1800

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Arjan Leeuwerke

Broker

(519) 667-1800

Theo Bles

Broker

(519) 667-1800

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Carol Beute

Team Administrator

(519) 667-1800

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Katie Schonberger

Marketing & Admin Assistant

(519) 667-1800

 


Growing up in Woodstock, and later London area, Phil spent many years of his youth working agricultural jobs - from detasseling corn, to farm hand, to livestock shipping. He attended Redeemer University for the Honours Business program, and moved into Real Estate immediately after University in 2008. Phil began building his business and joined with Ron in 2011 forming FarmOntario.

Phil's strong interpersonal skills, marketing experience and attention to detail have earned him a number of industry awards including Top 30 under 30, Top 100 in Canada, Top 40 under 40, and Young Guns of Real Estate. He has been passionate about continuing to grow FarmOntario into an unparalleled team of Farm specialists bringing the best possible service to their clients. His "client first" approach has helped to ensure FarmOntario is the obvious choice for farmers in Southern Ontario - from large livestock and cash crop operations to family farms.

Ron Steenbergen, Farm Ontario Broker of Record

 


A Lifetime in Agriculture - from working on and owning a farm in Aylmer, to 15 years of feed sales across Ontario. Ron has been prepared well to serve his clients in buying and selling Farm Real Estate. Dealing with people ethically, honestly, and with respect is very important to Ron. He enjoys what he does, and the colleagues and clients that he works with. This helps to make every experience a positive one, where the right decisions are made for the right reasons. 10 years of serving Sellers and Buyers in the sales and purchases of their farms has been a very rewarding experience.

Ron has been humbled by the awards he has received over the years, including Top Team award from our Brokerage from 2013 - 2018. The growth of this strong team has been fantastic and the level of service provided continues to improve. FarmOntario has a diverse, professional team to be very proud of, and clients can be confident in knowing they are well taken care of. Having a large network of farm clients and farm specialists allows FarmOntario to deal with a broad range of issues that can arise in a farm sale. Ron looks forward to many years of working with the Ontario Farming Community to provide excellent customer service and professional assistance in dealing with their largest assets. 

  

Having grown up in a little town in the northern part of the Netherlands, Arjan and his family moved to Canada in 2004. His parents bought a poultry farm close to the town of Hensall, Ontario. Arjan pursued his passion for agriculture and attended the University of Guelph earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics. Throughout his school years he worked on local dairy farms, milking and feeding. His first job after University was in the feed industry as a poultry specialist, followed by a farm manager position at a large cash crop operation in the Niagara Region.

With his outgoing personality and eagerness to help people, he decided to go back to school to get his real estate license. Arjan started his real estate career in the fall of 2014 selling in Oxford, Perth and Huron Counties. In 2017 Arjan began working with Ron and Phil, focusing on farm real estate. Based out of Listowel he has helped many clients buy and sell a wide variety of farms; cash crop, dairy, hog, poultry, goat etc and widened his area of expertise to include Wellington, Grey and Bruce Counties. With Dutch being his first language he also assists buyers from the Netherlands through the challenging process of buying a farm in Ontario. 

 

 

Theo grew up in Holland, where he attended college for Agriculture. In 1986, Theo immigrated to Canada to farm with his wife, parents and brother. He has an extensive background in dairy and poultry farming. Theo currently resides in Bayfield, Huron County, and owns a Turkey Breeding Operation in Norfolk County with his son.

After 5 years in real estate, Theo joined the FarmOntario team in 2019 to work alongside Ron, Phil and Arjan. Throughout his life, he has continually taken courses to enhance his businesses in agriculture and real estate. As an entrepreneur, Theo understands the importance of staying up-to-date with the industry. Theo is an award-winning agent, ranking in the top 100 Agents in Canada. 

Theo speaks 3 languages: English, German and Dutch. This allows him to assist a wide range of buyers and sellers not only living in Ontario, but those outside of Canada looking to purchase farms as well. 

 



Being part of a family that owns and operates farms, Carol has a strong understanding of what our farming community is made of!  She was born and raised in the London area and has had a career in customer service and sales, which has prepared her perfectly for the real estate field. Prior to becoming the team administrator for FarmOntario, Carol was a licensed realtor, so she understands the in's and out's of the work we do and helps ensure our clients sales go smoothly. Her commitment to this team and to our clients is so strong, and her enthusiasm for the work we do is such an asset to our team!  

 

 


Katie spent many years of her youth hanging out on family and friend’s farms around her hometown, Tillsonburg. She attended Niagara College in Welland, Ontario for Broadcasting, which grew her passion for videography, photography, and graphic design. After graduation, Katie started her own freelance videography business, and was invited to join the FarmOntario team to put her design skills and social media expertise to work.
 

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