About Us

Meet Thad Himmelbrand and Charles Whitley

Thaddeus Himmelbrand
Apprentice Auctioneer/Owner
270-791-3954

Thad Himmelbrand is a resident of Bowling Green, KY where he lives with his lovely wife, Anne, and their five wonderful children: Matthew, Daniel, Grace, Samuel, and Isabella.

Thad is well versed in antique, furniture and a large variety of estate items. He owned an antique store in Smiths Grove for three years and a Tag Sale for one year.

Thad has bought and sold thousands of antiques, collectibles, and furniture over the years. He has also worked with many sellers to help them sell their valuables and personal belongings.

In 2018 Thad decided to become an auctioneer and conduct online auctions to help provide for his family.  He specializes in estate transition services by assisting individuals and families with downsizing, transitions into assisted living, and total liquidation of estates following the death of a loved one.
Thad is honored to serve as Apprentice Auctioneer/Auction Manager for First Choice Auctions. Give him a call at 270-791-3954. He would love to discuss the auction option with you!


Charles Whitley, CES
Principal Auctioneer/Realtor

Charles Whitley is a native of Warren Co KY and grew up in the Hydro community near the Barren Co line. He graduated from North Warren High School and Western Kentucky University, where he was employed for two and one half years following graduation.
His career path has led him on various adventures including becoming a Dale Carnegie Course Instructor. Recognized as ‘the incredible Mr Fix It’, he opened a hardware store in his hometown of Smiths Grove KY and operated it for fifteen years, while also being employed as a Regional Sales Manager
for a major hardware wholesaler for five of those years. He sold the hardware store, which continues in operation today, in 2003.

Seeking yet another adventure, he became licensed as a real estate agent and auctioneer in 2003, and found his life’s calling. He quickly became involved with the local Board of Realtors, the Kentucky Auctioneers Association, and the National Auctioneers Association. In 2006 he was selected by the KAA to serve as it’s Executive Director, a position he held for some six and one half years.

With the advent of online auctions, he became deeply involved with the marketing of real estate and personal property for auction using the online bidding platform. He has participated in hundreds of internet auctions selling thousands of lots of personal property and multiple tracts of real estate.


First Choice Auctions provide ‘Turn Key’ Estate Transitions Services. Whether it is a downsize to a smaller home, assisted living, long term care facility, or the settling of an estate, we can take care of everything from packing for the move, selling personal property, and the real estate.  Your ‘one stop shop’ for estate services.
As a Keller Williams REALTORS we proudly support the largest real estate company in the world. Keller Williams First Choice Realty is a major player in the South Central Kentucky real estate market with over 115 active agents.