68 S. Hwy 259, Harned, KY 40144

About A.R.E.A.

We know your A.R.E.A.

Americana Real Estate & Auctions, LLC is a real estate marketing company committed to our clients’ success by providing the highest quality service and the most innovative approaches in marketing and negotiation. Our list of services include real estate listing, buyers representation, live auction events, and online auction opportunities. A.R.E.A. also provides intermediary services through private auction scenarios on behalf of estates across Kentucky. If you are buying or selling real estate anywhere in the U.S., we can personally  help you find the best real estate professionals to meet your needs. We know your A.R.E.A.!

Dwight Butler
Founding Partner, Broker

Todd Akridge
Founding Partner, Broker
Dwight Butler is a Partner/Broker and Auctioneer with Americana Real Estate & Auctions, LLC., and has been a licensed Real Estate Broker & Auctioneer for over 3 decades. Throughout his career he has been a multi-million dollar producer of sales across Kentucky which includes homes, farms, land, and personal property.  Dwight’s extensive experience in real estate, coupled with his vast experiences of over 20 years as a Kentucky State Legislator, help him to realize his clients’ needs when negotiating and planning on their behalf.  Dwight is passionate about helping solve his clients’ problems while making them feel like family.  
Dwight’s education background includes:
Western Kentucky University, MPA
Eastern Kentucky University, BBA
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, AS
Mason City College of Auctioneering
Dale Carnegie Course
In addition to his real estate profession, Dwight has actively taught courses in Ethics and Public Speaking at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.  He has been married to his wife Cindy for 35 years and has four children and three grandchildren.  Dwight resides in Campbellsville Kentucky.

(270) 668-2432
Todd Akridge (pronounced acreage) is a Partner/Broker and Auctioneer with Americana Real Estate & Auctions. He is also an Associate Real Estate Appraiser with F.A.R.M. Appraisals LLC based in Lexington Ky.  His career in real estate began over two decades ago as an auctioneer and since that time he has participated in a myriad of auctions including farms, land, equine properties, timber auctions, and luxury homes across the U.S.   
Todd’s array of real estate and auction experience, coupled with his vast background in agriculture, provides key elements for helping him understand today’s real estate market and meeting his clients’ needs.  Todd was raised on a beef cattle and burley tobacco farm and has an extensive background in the agriculture industry. He has provided crop adjuster services and consulting for Fortune 500 crop insurance companies and banks on behalf of American farmers throughout the South and Midwest.  
​Todd is an alumni of Campbellsville University, a member of the National Auctioneers Association, and Kentucky Auctioneers Association.  He holds the designation of Certified Estate Specialist (CES) from the NAA, has completed the Crop Adjuster Proficiency Program (CAPP), and is a Master Cattleman through the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.  Todd enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time on the family farm with his wife Danielle and their black and tan coonhound named Delilah.

(270) 668-3047

Aaron Haycraft
Principal Auctioneer

Joseph Riggs
Apprentice Auctioneer
Aaron Haycraft is an Auctioneer with Americana Real Estate and Auctions.  His familiarity in the auctioneering field derives from two decades of extended education and dedicated involvement on site and behind the scenes of the auction course of action.  His energetic disposition keeps the crowd motivated to achieve the utmost satisfaction of the buyer and the seller.  Aaron has participated in auctions that include machinery, estate sales, farms, homes, businesses, livestock, acreage, and personal property.  He is eager to clarify auction procedures and discuss options with potential clients. Aaron has a vast knowledge in beef cattle production. He was raised on a beef cattle farm in Grayson County, Kentucky and has nearly three decades working in livestock markets in Central Kentucky.  He is a multi-million dollar producer of real estate and land auctions across the state. 

Aaron devotes his time to support multiple youth organizations throughout the state and provides benefit auctions to charitable and nonprofit organizations and families in distress.  He has been married for 25 years and has three children.

(270) 589-1236
Joseph Riggs has vast auction experience including participating in land, farm, and residential auctions as well as charity auctions for various organizations in Kentucky.  Joseph’s ability working with auction attendees comes naturally due to his life long experience of being a singer/entertainer and also coordinating and emceeing events within the region.  He is extremely active within his community as a member of the Heart of Kentucky Men’s Chorus, the Leitchfield and Upton Masonic Lodges, as well as being an Advisor to the Twin Lakes Demolay.  He is a graduate of Central Hardin High School and Western Kentucky University. His hobbies include fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors. In addition to Americana Real Estate & Auctions, Joseph is employed with Lincoln Trail District Health Department as an Environmental Supervisor for Hardin and Meade Counties.
(270) 766-8627

Hunter Ashley

Lisa Saunders,
Sales Associate
Hunter Ashley attended the Kentucky Auction Academy in September of 2020 and is a 2021 graduate of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College with a Mechanical Degree. Hunters’ mechanical and technical knowledge will make him an integral part of Americana’s farm and industrial machine auctions. Before becoming licensed as an apprentice auctioneer, Hunter gained valuable auction experience volunteering with various charitable auctions for organizations in Central Kentucky. Hunter placed 1st Place in the 2018 WKU FFA Field Day Auctioneer’s Competition, 1st Place in the 2019 Murray State FFA Field Day Auctioneer’s Competition, and 3rd Place in the 2018 State FFA Auctioneer’s Competition. Working in the auction industry has been a long time goal for Hunter. He is looking forward to the connections and lifelong friendships one can make along the way. He resides in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky and In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. He looks forward to serving you!

(270) 320-6017
Hunter’s National Land Profile

Originally from West Virginia, I am the granddaughter of a Hungarian coal miner.  I learned to love the land from my Grandfathers on both sides of the family.    On one side was the experience of trips to coal mining country, through the steep West Virginia mountains to visit family and take vacations to State Parks.  On the other side of the family, with grandparents living right next door, my Grandfather’s love for nature was instilled in me.  He taught me about landscaping, gardening, and even the feel of working with wood.  
A family hobby growing up was showing American Saddlebreds. Later in life, my daughters worked at horse farms and showed American Saddlebreds in Kentucky circuits. I continue to stay up on the latest in horse farm improvement construction.
Off to college, I landed in the Ag Business school at The Ohio State University.  After graduating, I learned land appraising as a loan officer for the USDA-Farm Service Agency.
The appraisal experience became wide and varied. Areas of appraisal experience include farm estates and partial interests for estate partitions, equestrian estates, forest, grassland, wetland, and agricultural conservation easements, transitional land, rural residential properties, and eminent domain work.
Now it is time to serve you with this expertise in real estate. After thirty years of appraising land, I decided to change it up and bit. I became a Licensed Sales Associate in 2018.   If you do not have an agent with a strong background in representing buyers and sellers of land, equestrian property, or farms, I’d like to be that person.  I can resolve land issues and make suggestions in your best interest.  As a Realtor with
Americana Real Estate and Auctions, and an agent on the Real-X mineral and solar exchange platform, I am looking forward to consulting and assisting in any of your land buying and selling needs.  
A percentage of sale proceeds are contributed to animal rescue efforts in the county the sold property is located.

(859) 338-4690

Eric Vertrees
Sales Associate
Phillip Cole
Media/Technical Advisor
Eric Vertrees, while fairly new to the real estate business, is no stranger to working with people. He was raised on a family farm and still lives there. While most of the farm is now leased out, he still manages some of it today as well. He is also a singer/entertainer, having spent 43 years in Christian music traveling all over the Eastern United States performing, as well as being a member of the Heart of Kentucky Men’s Chorus since 2016. He is a graduate of Elizabethtown Community College with an Associate Degree in Business Management, and a graduate of Midway University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He has been named to numerous boards of organizations such as being a member of the Board of Directors for Breckinridge Memorial Hospital from 2000 to 2018, serving one term as Chairman. He is also currently Vice President of the Kentucky State Gospel Singing Convention, and will be taking over as president of the organization next year. He is presently employed as the Emergency Management Director for Breckinridge County, Kentucky. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, hunting, and fishing. He has been married for 37 years and has two sons.

Phillip has been a graphic designer for 18 years and has been involved with the small business sector for over 25 years. He has a passion for helping people and wants to do his best to provide high quality work at affordable prices. Whether it is printing, digital design, or ideas on presenting information, he wants to give others the tools they need to put their best foot forward.
When he’s not at a computer, you can find Phillip working around his family’s property and spending time with his family. He enjoys reading and researching random pieces of trivia in his free time. Phillip also volunteers at his church and their food pantry.

Ashlynn Pawley

Jim Gooch
Sales Associate
Ashlynn Pawley, a seasoned REALTOR® based in Kentucky, proudly associated with Americana Real Estate and Auctions LLC. With over 5 years of experience from working for other company’s (Farm & Home Realty and Auctions, EXIT Realty, and Align Right Realty), Ashlynn is your go-to expert for all things real estate in the Bluegrass State.

Passionate about homes and the art of the deal, Ashlynn entered the real estate scene to turn her passion into a profession. Her strong work ethic and dedication quickly helped her stand out in the competitive field.

Having mastered the ropes of property valuation, market trends, and negotiation, Ashlynn brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. She knows the Kentucky real estate scene like the back of her hand, making her a reliable guide for first-time buyers, seasoned investors, and anyone looking to sell their property.

Working with Americana Real Estate and Auctions LLC provides Ashlynn with a robust network of resources. This enables her to deliver top-notch service, staying on top of the latest industry trends to offer valuable insights to her clients.

Ashlynn’s reputation is built on trust, professionalism, and a commitment to getting the job done right. Her clients rave not only about her real estate savvy but also about the genuine connections she builds.

Beyond the world of property transactions, Ashlynn is a community enthusiast. She understands the importance of making personal connections and takes pride in helping folks find their dream homes or make savvy investments.

With her experience and love for real estate, Ashlynn Pawley continues to make waves in the Kentucky market, earning the trust and respect of clients and colleagues alike. Looking ahead, she’s dedicated to delivering top-notch service and contributing to the success of Americana Real Estate and Auctions LLC. 

Ashlynn Pawley can be reach by phone at 270-287-8531 or by email at Ashlynn.Americana@gmail.com 
Jim Gooch has had a long professional career that spans 40 years in Insurance, Real Estate Sales and Real Estate Investing.

Growing up in rural western Kentucky where agriculture, coal, oil and natural gas were the main stays of the economy, Jim sought to appreciate and support these industries. 

His involvement in local civic groups also
led to his love of politics. Jim served on the Providence-Webster county Airport Board, the Webster County economic Development Board as
well as serving as presidents  of the Chamber of Commerce, Providence Jaycees and two terms as vice-president of the Ky state Jaycees and
state treasurer. In 1990 the Providence Chamber of Commerce named Jim “Citizen of the Year”. 

At age 30 Jim’s political career started as
Mayor of Providence. He was later elected to two terms to the Providence City Council and is now in his 30th year as 12th district State Representative serving Webster, McLean, Crittenden and Union Counties.  He has been Chairman of the House Natural Resources &
Energy Committee since 1999. 

Jim Gooch can be reached at 270-635-0510
or by e-mail at jgooch@AmericanaSells.com.