President of Country Places, Inc.
(Also Managing Partner of Volunteer Land)
Brian started in this business in 1977. It was his desire to find a way in which young people, those with only limited up-front cash available, and others who have experienced past financial difficulties could “have a little piece of land of their own.” Thus the 100% financing concept came about. On the other hand, he did not want to exclude those buyers who elected to pay cash, had a down payment, or who elected to finance elsewhere. For those reasons we offer the opportunity to buy down the interest rate or give a discount from the published prices for cash buyers. Brian lives in Knoxville, TN, and manages to stay involved on a daily basis, particularly in the choosing and acquisition of tracts to be sub-divided.
Brian..: "I've learned a good deal is a good deal only when it's a good deal for both parties."
(Also Secretary and member Board of Directors, Country Acres Inc.)
Ashley resides in Union County, Tennessee with her husband Brent and their three children . She grew up in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee on a 70 acre cattle farm where she first began to fall in love with life in the country. Her love for Rural land and the owner financing concept is what attracted her to Country Places Inc. She has a wide variety of office skills from her experience in the mortgage industry and she looks forward to growing with Country Places Inc. When she isn't in the office keeping our customers happy, she is usually spending time on Norris Lake or outdoors with her family and friends.
Ashley..: "I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you."
Jodi resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with her four children. She has a degree in education and homeschools all four of their children. She grew up in a farming town in Southern Michigan before going to college in Indiana and moving here to East Tennessee in 1995. She has had a variety of office experience that includes promotions, merchandising, and college admissions officer. Her variety of experience aids in her current position with Country Places, Inc. She enjoys reading, hiking, and outdoor activities, but above all she loves the Vols!
Jodi..: "I've learned that kind words and good deeds are eternal. You never know where their influence will end."
Senior Land Specialist
Jeff recently joined Country Places Inc. after 30 years as as environmental engineer. Jeff was raised on a small organic farm in Kentucky specializing in dairy goats and organic gardening. He continues the country lifestyle currently living on 27 acres with his wife Jean and two daughters Emily and Kate. Jeff's Hobbies include organic gardening, woodworking, hiking, and fishing. Jeff is currently experimenting with implementing forest agriculture (mushrooms and ginseng) at his homestead.
Glenn Mize and Lisa Mallet
Land Specialist - Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama
(Also President and General Manager, Country Acres Inc.)
Glenn and Lisa are a husband and wife team who relocated to Tennessee using Country Places with the owner financing program. After learning how easy the whole process was and learning the benefits from the program, they both decided to take an offer to work with Country Places and to help other families and individuals achieve their goals and dreams like they were able to. They enjoy going the extra mile to help families own property they have always dreamed of owning. The one thing they both have done is always used traditional mortgages, but found more honesty and less red tape with a small company and wish to pass this on to the customers. Both Glenn and Lisa are familiar with all of our land selection from the golf course lots to the off grid farms. They both love to meet new customers and enjoy telling their story of how their lives have changed forever thanks to Country Places.
Glenn & Lisa..: "I've learned that young people need old people's love, respect, and knowledge of life, and that old people need the love, respect, and strength of young people."
Land Specialist - Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina
Land Specialist - Tennessee
Steve recently joined Country Places Inc. After retiring from 20 years in the US Navy. Steve spent the next 15 years as a retail manager in a larger store. He then felt he wanted to pursue his dream to start a homestead. Steve was raised in both Oregon and Missouri, giving him a unique view of different types of land and lifestyles that he is very familiar with. Steve currently lives off-grid on a 14-acre homestead with his son Anthony, his chickens, ducks, and goats. Steve is very familiar with the reality of off-grid living and what it takes to achieve self-sufficiency. He is also familiar with Country Places other properties with access to electric and water. Steve's hobbies include hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking, and just about anything outside.
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