Q&A With
Clayton Yantis
Senior Vice President
Valuation Advisory
You had previously worked at Stout prior to returning in 2020. What brought you back to the firm?
The culture brought me back to Stout. The commitment to growth in your professional as well as personal life is unmatched. I also appreciate Stout’s team-oriented mindset and the willingness to help one another. Stout has great people, and I enjoy being in the trenches with them.
What did you do before coming back to Stout?
Before returning to Stout, I worked as a property tax consultant. I was able to rely on my years of valuation experience to help clients identify and free up capital for their businesses through property tax relief. I now bring a different insight to my current role that I would not have otherwise.
What are some of your main job duties, and how has your role evolved since your original time at Stout?
I am responsible for appraisal production, management, and expert testimony within the growing Real Estate practice. As a consultant, I gained tremendous experience both defending my valuations and presenting them. Going forward, I hope to parlay that experience to provide a unique perspective and value to our clients.
What do you like about working in real estate valuation?
I appreciate the diversity of projects managed by the Real Estate Valuation team. No two properties are the same, and at Stout, we are fortunate to have the expertise and clientele to work on truly amazing properties. Additionally, I enjoy gathering random data points of a complex issue and watching them fall into a succinct conclusion.
What drives you to do a good job?
I have always taken immense pride in the work I do. Stout’s commitment to excellence aligns with the expectations I set for myself and challenges me to do more.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy being outdoors and staying active. I am always ready for a day on the water or in the blind. I make it a point to do at least one ski trip a year and have a group that I have skied with annually for the last 15 years.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I was raised on a cotton farm in Littlefield, TX. My family has farmed for over three generations on both my mom's and dad’s side. I am still passionate about agriculture and take every opportunity to get out and enjoy the land. I often serve as the sounding board, number cruncher, and ultimate tiebreaker with business decisions large and small for the family farm.