Auctioneer NCAL #3649

Richard Vaughan grew up on a family cotton, peanut, cattle and timber farm. The Vaughan's had strict family business morals and they believed that in order for things to be done right, you had to put your own touch on things to make it "just right." Richard still runs the family farm and its day to day operations and still lives in the old N.C. homestead (circa 1780).

He became interested in auctions at an early age and purchased his first item, a brown axe, at a neighbor's auction. He still has that axe today. His father introduced him to livestock, tobacco, land and estate auctions as Richard grew up. In 1970, after finishing his agricultural studies at N.C. State University, he returned home to continue farming. During this time, he also started an export business for cotton pickers and has exported them to seven different countries. He also continued to attend auctions and broadened his knowledge of the value farm equipment, timber and property. He acquired his auctioneer's license in 1984. Over the years, many farmers, attorneys and bankers trust his opinions and appraisals and often call upon him for farm equipment, property and estate valuations.

Today, Rich and Rich Auctioneers is still thriving and growing and Richard continues to put his own touch on each and every business transaction to assure that things are done "just right."



Shannon Jones


Real Estate Broker (NCRLB #14999)

Shannon is a graduate of Keller School of Management where she received her Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management and before that, received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University. She has lived in Eastern North Carolina her entire life and is a member of various local associations. Feel free to giver her a call to list your farm or timber land for sale or auction.

Harold Miller


Harold specializes in mini-farms, hunting, recreational, and commercial land. He has been a broker since 1976 and has experience in land development, farms and residential sales throughout North Carolina. Harold was named "Teacher of the Year" at Northampton High School and coordinator of the first electric car program in Northampton County in which he is the winner of several national events. There is a current hardback book which describes Harold's accomplishments. When you meet Harold you will find him to be a down to earth, easy going person and very knowledgeable in the real estate market. Let Harold be your first step in securing you on firm ground in an excellent land investment.

John Acai


"Big John" grew up on a family farm that was a land grant from the King of England. He went to N.C. State and returned home in 1972. John grows hay and raises horses, his passion, and runs a shop. He has been in auctions since 1978. Everyone likes John's easy going ways and relies on his knowledge of how things work and whether it is old or not.​

James H. Sheffield, Jr.


Reared in Jackson, NC and Richmond, VA, Jim attended North Carolina Wesleyan College and Virginia Commonwealth University. He began his career in the 70’s with Woodroof and Company in land sales, subdivision development and new construction home sales. Soon after, he became a broker and subsequently started Westham Corporation, concentrating on subdivision development and new home construction and later moving into shopping center development. As time passed, he expanded into property management and leasing. Throughout his career he has dealt with land sales, both commercial and acreage.

Paula Freeman


Real Estate Broker Lic#88946

Paula has been involved in real estate since 1984 and has over 33 years of experience in the agricultural industry from agricultural markets, farming operations, agricultural dealer services, and auctions. As a real estate broker, she sets her standards high in working with both the Buyer and the Seller with loyalty and commitment of the up most importance in maintaining complete satisfaction. She specializes in farmland, commercial property, investment properties, recreational properties and select -residential properties. If you are in the market for real estate or have some to sale call Paula TODAY!!

Jeffery "Tater" Smallwood


Jeffery has over 15 years of experience in making sure your purchases get loaded in a timely and safe manner. Like Jeffery says, "If you BUY IT....... I CAN LOAD IT"