Know Your Rancher
Greg Anderson and Lefty
I AM NO COWBOY.
In this great country, they are few, and far between. I was, however, born with a cowboy's soul. I honor and believe-in the cowboy culture with every fiber of my being: accepting a challenge, hard work, honesty, integrity in your dealings with people, love of open spaces, and stewardship of land and animals. Why wouldn't that person want to buy a ranch? So, I did.
Sullivan Creek Ranch is, in many ways, a story of transformation. It was a life long dream to take my love of horses, dogs, and cattle, and bring it together in one of the most rewarding lifestyles we could have on this planet. Shortly after retiring from a career as a Navy pilot, I found myself in the position to act, and did it. Bought the ranch in 2016, was divorced in 2017, and the transformation of both, the ranch and my life, began.
Photo taken after Greg's last flight in the Navy
Greg and his brother, Brian
The ranch manager , Scooter, with Greg
I DON'T POSSESS THE "QUIT GENE".
Just don't. You can't be a Navy carrier pilot and lean that way. Life just happens, we compartmentalize and react. Nothing was "handed down" to me, except the ability to work. With that in mind, I doubled-down on my commitment to the ranch, and raising the highest quality beef I could... but also wanted to create a concept that invited other people to get exposure to the lifestyle of ranching. I set about it...
THEN IN 2019 I MET EMILY,
And she became a 'force multiplier', both in life and on the ranch. Emily, a professional artist by trade, brings a perspective that complements the mission of my life, and the ranch. Together, we share a philosophy that allows us to take our collective sense of community, traditional American values, grit and determination, to deliver a "ranch-to-table" concept that truly represents the best of our beliefs.
Together, we have 4 children, ages 26, down to 21. We're proud of them, and how they've gone forward into the world, with the same values and determination: My daughter Casey serves on active duty in the Navy and will probably make a career of it; Jake, my youngest, a former 3/75 Ranger is still in the Army; Grant, Emily's oldest, a Navy Aircrewman; and Carson, her youngest, a University of Tennessee, Chattanooga senior, and aspiring lawyer.
We are devoted to building relationships and sharing our passions (between an artist and a pilot/cattleman, that can be a wide spectrum!). We hope you'll come meet us, and share in our appreciation of this incredible piece of America known as Sullivan Creek Ranch.
Left: Greg's daughter, Casey, U.S. Navy
Right: Greg's son, Jake, U.S. Army Ranger
Left: Emily's son, Grant, U.S. Navy Aircrew
Right: Emily's daughter, Carson, student at University of Tennessee of Chattanooga