Senior Vice President, Abilene
Justin Bryan, serves as a Vice President on the Real Estate team for First Financial Trust. In his role, Justin manages farm and ranch real estate as well as residential and commercial properties.
Justin holds a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Texas Tech University and a M.S. in Wildlife Management from Texas A&M-Kingsville. During an extensive undergraduate education he successfully completed numerous internship programs with various entities including the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ada, Oklahoma, and a 3-year internship program with renowned south Texas wildlife biologist, Bob Zaiglin.
Upon successful completion of an M.S. degree, Justin has continued to diversify his education by working for the USDA-NRCS (Rangeland Mgmt. Specialist), The Nature Conservancy (Davis Mtns. Stewardship Manager), Southwest Texas Junior College (Wildlife Mgmt. Instructor), Wildlife Systems, Inc. (Wildlife Biologist/Hunting Consultant), Farm and Ranch Asset Manager for U.S. Trust – Bank of America and Wildlife Biologist for Cabela’s Inc. Prior to coming to work for First Financial Trust, Justin served as the Range and Habitat Specialist for Cook Canyon Ranch.
His travels have taken him from work locations in the sky-island ecosystem located in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, to the High Plains, Rolling Plains, and South Texas Plains, to New Mexico, Montana, and even into the Wrangell Mountains of Alaska. Directly managing, consulting for, or assisting management on over 250,000 acres of rangeland, improved pastures, farmland, and scientific deer breeding facilities and continues to assist landowners with a practical, working knowledge of range and wildlife management practices to enhance both game and nongame populations and the habitats that support them. In addition to direct land management consultation, Justin has published articles concerning management of game species in publications such as Texas Outdoor Journal, Texas Wildlife Association, Deer and Deer Hunting, Texas Deer Association, Quality Deer Management Association, various Cabela’s outlets, and provided his expertise regarding wildlife and land management via a large range of seminar presentations.