Meet Our Team

Mark E. Cathers, GRI
Lancaster, Ohio Auction Coordinator/Realtor
HER Realtors

Mark has been in the real estate and auction business over 21 years and has a diverse background in sales and management throughout his career. He has been involved in the sale of many residential homes, multi-family units, development land, commercial sales, commercial leases and other special purpose properties. Mark has worked in the real estate auction business for most of his career and was broker and partner in a franchise real estate company. He also participated in numerous positions in the Canal Winchester Chamber of Commerce and served as President in 2003. He was selected as Business Person of the Year in 2004 and served as Past President in 2005. He has also served as President in local realtor associations. In previous years, Mark and his sales team have received numerous national and international sales awards.

In 2009 Mark and his team joined HER Realtors to create an auction presence for the company where he is currently managing, coordinating and expanding the real estate auction business.

Tom Rawn
Lancaster, Ohio Managing Partner
HER Realtors

tom-rawnTom has been a licensed Auctioneer for over 31 years and a Realtor for 23 years. (He is a member the Ohio Auctioneers Association, Ohio and National Association of Realtors and belongs to the Columbus Board of Realtors). Having both licenses has enabled Tom and his staff to offer complete Auction Services to their clientelle. These professional services help meet the needs of those individuals relocating or merely upgrading or downsizing, for whatever reason. Tom has conducted, managed or assisted with over 1000 Auctions over the years. He has conducted a variety of sales including Real Estate, Farm & Construction Equipment, Estate Sales, Household, Antiques, Lawn & Garden, Livestock and Business Liquidations. Since 1986 Tom has been part of the Auction staff for one of the World’s largest monthly Equipment Consignment sales in London, Ohio.

Tom has also assisted many years with the Franklin County and Fairfield County Junior Fair Livestock Auctions. Over the years, he has supported and helped conduct many Benefit Auctions including (Bishop Hartley Fundraiser, St. Matthews Fundraiser, OSU-James Cancer Hospital Fundraiser, Pope John Parish Fundraiser, Church of the Resurrection, Columbus African Violet Society, Lions Club, CW Boy Scouts, St. Marys Altar Rosary, Hopewell Methodist Church Fundraiser, Franklin County Junior Fair Bake Sale, Individual Family Benefits and many others).

In previous years, Tom was partner of his own real estate company and auctioned for a national real estate franchise. In 2009 Tom and his team joined HER Realtors to create auction services for the company where he is currently serving as a managing partner for the auction group.

Mike Kennedy
Thornville, Ohio Auctioneer
Realtor: HER Realtors

Mike has been active in auctioneering since graduating from Reppert School of Auctioneering. The majority of his experience is in selling personal property, antiques, collectables, machinery and livestock. Since getting his Ohio Realtors License in 2003, he has also been active selling homes, businesses and farms at auction.

Mike was named the 2012 Realtor of the Year by the Licking County Board of Realtors, and is a member of the Ohio Auctioneers Association, having served on its Board of Directors and is also currently a member of the Ohio Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. The majority of his service has been on the local level, as a member of the Licking Board of Realtors since 2003, serving as a member or Chairperson of several committees, as a Board Director, as the Vice President and then as the President of the Licking County Board of Realtors in 2012. Mike has received the Million Dollar Club Award and the Bronze Award for Real Estate business volume. He has also served on both the Licking and the Columbus Multiple Listing Service committees.

Mike is active in his church, having served as a Lay Leader and currently as an Elder. He has been married to his wife Beth for 40 years and they live on his Grandfather’s family farm in northern Perry County.

Gary Babcock
Newark, Ohio Auctioneer
Realtor: HER Realtors

Gary has remained active as an auctioneer and as a realtor since entering the field in 1996. He graduated from American School of Auctioneering in Willard, Ohio and Hondros College in Columbus, Ohio.

Gary and his wife, Penny, started Babcock Auction Services in 1997 and are affiliates of Kennedy Auctions, Rhodeback Auctions and Auction Marketers. Gary is a member of Ohio Auctioneers Association, Heisey Collectors of America, Licking Valley Lions Club, and Licking County Board of Realtors, where he has served and chaired on committees and was elected Vice President in 2011.

Gary is a multi-million dollar producer, a 1 time brass award winner and a 6 time bronze award winner in his 7 years of being an affiliate of HER Realtors.

Gary and his wife of 45 years, Penny (also a realtor), reside in Newark where they were born, raised and educated. They have 1 daughter and 1 granddaughter who is currently serving in the Army National Guard.

Troy Kies
Anna, Ohio Auctioneer
Realtor: HER Realtors

Since 2010, Troy Kies has been involved in both real estate and real estate auction industries. Mr. Kies is an important member of the Auction Marketers team because of his experience and knowledge of agriculture land as well as his relationships with the local banks. Mr. Kies enjoys the building side of real estate where he proudly is an owner of a construction business that features spec homes, remodeling, and custom homes. Mr. Kies devotes his time to his job, family, and to his community of Anna, Ohio where he volunteers as a fireman. He is a graduate from the Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute and a licensed real estate salesperson and auctioneer in the state of Ohio.

Thad Barker
Mt. Sterling, Ohio Auctioneer / Realtor
Realtor: HER Realtors

Thad became a licensed Realtor in 2007 after completing real estate classes at Hondros College. After several years of selling real estate, he went on to obtain his Auctioneer’s license in 2010 after graduating from The Ohio Auction School. This has allowed Thad to offer his client base many options in every facet of selling personal and real property. Over the years he has gained a lot of knowledge & experience in residential real estate including bank owned sales, HUD homes, short sales, relocation, condo sales, and land & farm sales.

Thad is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Ohio Association of Realtors, the Columbus Board of Realtors, the Scioto Valley Board of Realtors, as well as the Ohio Auctioneer Association. He is also a member of The Barker Team Realtors which started out as a husband and wife team with him and his wife, but the team has expanded over the years to better serve its clients. Since 2008, The Barker Team has earned a top producer award with HER every year. Thad also owns his own auction business, Thad Barker Auctioneer & Associates, which specializes in personal property, estates, farm & equipment, and real estate.

In addition to selling real estate and the auction business, Thad loves spending time with his wife, children and two Labradors! They are all a true joy. His children like being active in sports, love the outdoors and are heavily involved in 4-H. They also enjoy reading, watching movies, and being active in our church. His careers and family keep him very busy all the time, but he is thankful for every minute of it!