You can predict the future if you create it.”

– Peyton Smith, Acquisition & Disposition

Our Story

Black Kanyon was created in 2020 as a way to capture both the real estate and operational side of business. We are a private equity company that purchases cash producing assets across a variety of industries. To learn more about our day to day, check out The Beginning of Black Kanyon

Our Offices

we occupy 7,200 sq ft on the 3rd floor of 502 main avenue, lake norden, sd 57248.

Our Team

EJ Drake

Matt Schreiber

Peyton Smith

Black Kanyon Team

Jalayna Haug

Jared Gass

Faith Leiseth

Raygen joined the Black Kanyon team in May 2023 and holds the position of Project Manager. He assists with the real estate portfolio with a primary focus on assessing property value and overseeing the capital expenditure associated with each asset. Raygen also manages Black Kanyon’s aviation sector, diligently coordinating flights and overseeing aircraft maintenance operations. He’s the bulldog, basically, if he called you, we just recommend doing what you were asked to do. 

Core Focus

To Provide Life Changing Opportunity For Our People

Core Values


Don’t Give Up, Find a Way, Embrace the Suck

Humbly Confident

No Arrogance, Know Your Stuff, Be Vulnerable

Team Player

Make Other People Better, Selfless, Active Listening


Make the Best of Everything, Positive Vibes

EJ Drake

Asset Manager

EJ joined the Black Kanyon team in July of 2020 and has served several roles since but currently holds the position of Asset Manager. He is currently accountable for all real estate and business Assets. EJ is passionate about pushing people to reach their unknown potential, and ensuring assets are optimized to their full potential.

Matt Schreiber

Operations Manager

Matt joined the Black Kanyon team in November of 2021. He currently holds the position of Operations Manager, where Matt bears the responsibility for overseeing the real estate portfolio. He is accountable for the comprehensive management of all third-party partnerships and ensuring optimal asset profitability.

Peyton Smith

Acquisition & Disposition

Peyton Smith founded Black Kanyon in 2020 and has been self-employed since 2016. Peyton leads the acquisition and disposition processes at Black Kanyon. His daily enterprise is focused on increased growth and creative solutions.

Jalayna Haug

Executive Assistant

Jalayna has filled the role of Executive Assistant since the beginning of Black Kanyon in 2020. She is responsible for overseeing both marketing and executive functions. Jalayna is dedicated to enhancing the efficiency of the executive team’s operations and developing proper team health.

Jared Gass

General Counsel & CIO

Jared joined the Black Kanyon team in December of 2021. He underwent a transition from the role of third-party attorney to Black Kanyon to his present position as General Counsel and CIO. Jared demonstrates a meticulous approach to deal negotiations, places a strong emphasis on cultivating positive investor relations, and consistently ensures the delivery of high-level drafting and exceptional legal representation.

Faith Leiseth

Marketing Director

Faith joined the Black Kanyon team in June of 2023 as the Marketing Director. She is accountable for the management of diverse social media platforms, providing team support, overseeing office operations, and fostering innovative idea generation. Faith exudes enthusiasm for content creation and ideation, coupled with a commitment to motivating individuals beyond their comfort zones to attain their optimal potential.