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Al Elam Property Management was established in 1986 as a property managment and vacation rental company.  Since then we have helped thousands of guests with their vacation planning.  In fact we have served more than 10,000 guests staying a total of more than 40,000 nights in the past 25 years.


Al Elam Real Estate was founded as a full service real estate company in 1940′s by Mr. Albert Elam.  Mr. Elam was serving in the U.S. Navy when he was contacted by developer Cyrus Willmore.  Mr. Willmore had just purchased 42,000 acres from the Union Electric Company and was looking for a real estate agent to help him sell and develop the area.  The “useless” hill tops that residents had made UE purchase along with the “good” flat land and valleys became the shoreline and million dollar properties that you see today.

Al went on to be one of the most successful real estate agents in Missouri history.  He helped found the local real estate board and also served as President of the Missour Board of Realtors.

After Mr. Elam retired and sold the company it was purchased by Tim Tabor who is still a part owner of what is now Reece & Nichols, Al Elam Real Estate.  In 1986 Mr. Tabor opened the property management division to manage long term and vacation rental properties.  In 2008 Russell Burdette and his family purchased Al Elam Property Management after managing the company for the previous few years.

Today Al Elam Property Management is a locally owned, family business dedicated to providing visitors an exceptional vacation experience in one of the many private homes or condos that the company manages.  Our hope is that we will be able to serve you and your family as well as we would our own family.  We strive to carry on the tradition that was started by Mr. Elam more than sixty years ago!


Russell Burdette - Owner/Broker/Director

Russell began his career at Al Elam as the marketing director for both the real estate and property management companies. He then was promoted to director of property management in 2005 and was able to purchase the business in 2008. Russell is a licensed real estate broker in addition to his duties as director and owner of Al Elam Property Management. In his spare time he serves on a number of board of directors including the Tri-County Lodging Association, the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Council, the Lake of the Ozarks Vacation Rental Association, Freedom Through Christ ministries and at Calvary Chapel Lake of the Ozarks.

He and his wife, Tammy, have five wonderful kids ranging in age from four to twenty one. Russell also loves to read, enjoys music and baseball/softball. He coaches his church softball team and both of his boys little league teams. Finally he also serves as the director for jail and prison ministry at his church. Together with a group of five volunteers he ministers at the Camden County once a week as a bible teacher. His family loves the Lake and wants to welcome anyone who wants to visit this beautiful area for a week or a lifetime.


Lisa Porter – Accounting Manager

Native to Lake of the Ozarks, Lisa has a vast knowledge of the transformation the lake area has seen. She remembers the days of water skiing, water slides, fun parks, music shows and still enjoys all that the lake has to offer today!

For the past 27 years Lisa has been working in the real estate industry in some form. In 1982 she began working for a real estate attorney. Later she moved into real estate closings at a title insurance company. From there she went to work as an Accounting Manager for several real estate development companies which afforded her the opportunity to pursue her creative side in construction and interior design.

Along with her duties at Al Elam Property Management, Lisa enjoys her own business as an interior designer of First Impressions Staging and Design Company. You can see many of her designs on our websites!

She and her husband, Pat have 3 children and a newborn grandson that they are so proud of! She is active volunteering her time in the Fine Arts Department at School of the Osage High School, enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and scrapbooking!


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Osage Beach, MO 65065
573-365-3367 : T
573-365-5076 : F

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