Our Management team knows the needs of agents in rural markets nationwide. We address
those needs by providing powerful marketing programs along with technology-based services
that are unique to the industry.
Mr. Duffy joined United Country Real Estate as part of a successful effort in February 2006 to
secure growth capital to support the rapid growth of the United Country system. He serves as
the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. In his role as
CEO, Mr. Duffy is principally responsible for the establishment and execution of a long-term
strategy for United designed to deliver competitive advantage to agents as they operate in
their local markets and serve their clients.
Prior to joining United Real Estate, Mr. Duffy spent nearly 20 years focused on serving clients
in a number of senior executive positions. Most recently Mr. Duffy served as the President
and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft’s “2005 Global Partner of the Year” and largest North
American Microsoft Business Solutions partner with over 20 offices serving 12,000 clients
across the United States and the U.K.
Prior to his tenure in the technology services market space, Mr. Duffy served as the Chief
Development and Financial Officer of an on-line business-to-business exchange serving the
auction and brokerage market for industrial equipment and was a founding member of the
Chicago practice of The Center for Strategic Transactions, a division of Ernst & Young L.L.P., providing strategic and corporate finance advisory services to Fortune 100 companies as well
as high growth technology, product and services organizations across multiple industries.
Mike Duffy is focused on bringing new, added value services and programs to United
Country franchisees. With a 20 year background building such national brands as Coca-Cola, Winston Cup NASCAR, RJ Reynolds, Minute Maid, Community Coffee, and numerous other
well known brands, Mike is bringing this experience to building recognition and understanding
of the United Real Estate brand to real estate buyers. In addition to branding initiatives, Mike
has extensive experience in sales, building strategic partnerships and launching
Most recently, Dickey was Sr. Vice President Professional Services for ePartners. ePartners,
the Microsoft 2005 Partner of the Year, specialized in delivering, integrating and customizing solutions tailored specifically for each client’s business needs. The group has a concentration
in Microsoft .Net programming, Portal development services, systems integration, and a focus
on ePartners’ core ERP and CRM product offerings.
Prior to joining ePartners, Dickey was Director of Worldwide Professional Services at Pervasive Software where he led the services group in both North America and Europe. The group focused
on solving complex database problems and had a specific practice in replication and disaster recovery solutions.
Dickey has spent a number of years in the enterprise software space where he developed
mission critical software for a wide range of businesses working with clients such as Saks
Fifth Avenue, Office Depot, & Burlington Northern.
Dickey received his BBA in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University,
continuing education from Kellogg School of Management, and is a graduate of the
Stagen Leadership Institute.
Ashley Appino joined United Country Real Estate in 2008, and brings over 10 years of comprehensive affiliate services and event management experience to our team. Prior to
joining United Country Real Estate, Ashley was the Managing Director of Member Programs
for the National Auctioneers Association. While at the NAA, she developed and implemented member services, benefit programs, as well as recruitment and retention campaigns.
Additionally, she was involved in the overall growth of the organization and strategic
planning specifically relating to member development.
Prior to joining the auctioneers, Ashley offered corporate marketing and sales services to
the largest golf course management association in the industry. Ashley is skilled in all
aspects of meeting and events planning, event strategy and execution.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of
Kansas and received her M.B.A. from Baker University in 2006. Ashley is also a graduate
of Reppert Auction School.
Jason Cole brings over 12 years of financial experience to United Country Real Estate.
After joining United Country Real Estate over a year ago, as Controller, he was promoted to
Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to United Country Real Estate, Jason spent 7 years with Walmart Stores Inc, in
various financial roles, last serving as Senior Accounting Manager for the Corporate Traffic Department managing the payables and receivables for the company.
After Walmart, he spent several years with Kansas City Southern Railroad, last serving
as Accounting Manager helping prepare the monthly, quarterly, and yearly SEC reporting
for the company, as well as managing the inventory for the railroad. Jason’s last position
was Controller doing international financial reporting for ThyssenKrupp Access, a global
Kevin Oldham brings over 14 years of marketing and advertising expertise to the
United Country Real Estate team. Prior to joining United Real Estate, Oldham launched
a marketing firm that catered exclusively to real estate developers, offering strategic solutions designed to generate traffic for their projects. Prior to this entrepreneurial venture, Oldham
offered marketing services for Kansas City’s largest residential real estate broker and for
an international movie theatre circuit. Oldham earned his MBA from Baker University in 2007.
About United Country
United Country is the only national real estate franchise system specializing in lifestyle
properties; small city and town residential, second home, recreational, ranch, retirement,
farm, investment and commercial. With a heritage that dates back to 1925 and extensive,
unique franchisee member services, the company supports over 600 franchisees across
the U.S.. United Country has a unique and proven marketing and technology program, including
a large national database of buyers and sellers, custom catalogs, company, specialty, office
and agent websites, automated marketing, CRM, national advertising, direct mail, public
relations, signage and more. It currently operates the leading real estate Web site in the country real estate market, www.unitedcountry.com, attracting approximately 950,000 visitors a month
to a national database of thousands of properties. All the fully integrated United Country websites realize over 2.5 million visitors per month. United Country also reaches more than 90 million homes a week through its national advertising of franchisee-listed properties in various local, regional and national print media outlets. The company has been named as a top Franchise
by the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500, The Land Report and in
many other franchise evaluations. United Country has also innovated traditional real estate with integration of United Country Auction Services, becoming the nation’s largest integrated
network of real estate professionals and auctioneers.