Brian Nelson

Brian Nelson

President & Owner of Country Places, Inc.
Managing Partner of Volunteer Land
Phone: 1-800-239-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.”


Ashley buckner

General Manager

Phone: 865-230-9030
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Ashley resides in Union County, Tennessee with her husband 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, and management skills from her experience in the business for several years. She plans to continue her career and growth with Country Places Inc. When she isn’t in the office assisting with closings, she is out looking for new property to purchase. In her down time she usually spends 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.”

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Christi RABY

Office Assistant
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Christi grew up in Powell, TN but originates from Sharps Chapel, TN where she spent weekends and
summers. She built a house in Sharps Chapel where she lived for 20 plus years with her husband Jeff and
son Carson, before moving to Corryton for Carson to play baseball at Gibbs High School. Christi has a
degree in Accounting and Administrative Management. She spent many years working for the Sheriff’s
Office as an Administrative Assistant before relocating to Knoxville. The family enjoys baseball games,
hiking, lazy lake days, and jeep rides on those good ole country back roads.

“Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.” - Author Unknown

Jeff Longaker

Senior Land Specialist
Phone: 865-315-7442
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Jeff  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 

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Arthur KirkLAnd

Land Specialist
Phone: 865-888-6331
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Arthur lives in Knoxville with his wife and 2 children. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing. After many years in the automotive industry, the opportunity to work with rural landscape at Country Places was too difficult to pass up. Arthur enjoys working with people and helping them find the freedom of having their own piece of land. He is also a born again believer and active member at his Baptist church in Knoxville.

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” – Abraham Lincoln

Kimberly Powell - Broker

Powell Realty Co., Inc.

Kimberly Powell - Broker
Alabama Land
Phone: 256-539-7990
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I have worked in the Real Estate Business for over 32 years. I truly enjoy my work, helping my clients find a special place for them and their families. Developing Subdivisions, Selling and Buying in the Gurley, Huntsville and surrounding areas. I have enjoyed working with Country Places, Inc. for over 20 years and I’m looking forward to the future!

Leo Sauls

Leo Sauls

Land Specialist – Alabama
Phone: 256-656-3057

Leo came to know Country Places some 24 years ago when he purchased the acreage that is still his homestead. He is responsible for sales both near his home and in the rest of North Alabama. He is a true believer in the Country Places concept and is willing to show the property on foot, on horseback or by four-wheeler. He is also a long term officer in the Alabama Public Service Commission.