Who We Are

Tim Schaefer

As the founder of Encore Consultants, I have the immense privilege of helping you—top-tier farmers and ranchers throughout the U.S. and Canada—take your operations to the next level.

I have more than 20 years of experience in complex estate and financial planning for business owners, especially large, multi-generational farms. Helping successful farmers become more successful is truly my sweet spot.

I grew up on a multi-generational family farm near Hancock, Minnesota, and live a few miles away from the home farm with my wife Kristin and our four children. My first business venture was selling sweet corn door-to-door with an Oliver 70! I attended South Dakota State University, majoring in Economics and Finances. In addition to hunting, I enjoy piloting my plane to visit clients.


Julie Strunk

Bio imageI am our office manager and strive to keep the office running like a well-oiled machine. Before joining Encore, I worked at the Mayo Clinic in Human Resources Education & Development. My career spans over 30 years of customer service experience in the public and private sectors. I work closely with Tim in client services and maintaining efficient business processes. Our clients and business partners alike appreciate the excellent job I do managing the office's many details.



Kristin Schaefer

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I'm Tim's wife and responsible for most of the accounting work, project management, and marketing.

I love spending time outdoors in my free time.




Every great team needs a mascot.

Romeo loves pheasant hunting, snuggles, and spending the day at the office.


“I appreciate the opportunity to work with Tim as he brings experiences from a wide variety of different producers and farming operations.”

Mark Foster, Foster Farms, ID