Bobby Dobson

Bobby Dobson

Platinum Plus Realty & Lewis Auction Co.

Bobby Dobson, 38, got his start in auctioneering and real estate career early in life — when he was just 18.

After high school, his plan was to attend Elizabethtown Community and Technical College until a friend suggested he get an apprentice auctioneer’s license.

His grandfather, Wayne Dobson, encouraged him to pursue it.  

“A family friend recommended that I meet with Kenny Lewis who was the owner of Lewis Auction Co. in October of 1998,” he said. “After just a few months of working for Lewis Auction, I fell in love with the industry.”

By the time he was 20, he had his principal auctioneer license and his real estate license. In 2009, he went back to school to get a real estate brokers license.  

“After just a few short years he had made a name for himself in the LaRue and Hardin County communities,” his wife Shanna said. “In 2016, he became the owner of two successful businesses, Lewis Auction Co. and Platinum Plus Reality.”

She said he volunteers with charities such as Relay for Life, church youth groups, Central Hardin High School softball, Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He’s also on the board of the LaRue County Parks and Recreation, is a member of Heart of Kentucky Realtors and a member of Kentucky Auctioneers.

“I can’t imagine doing anything else,” Dobson said. “When this door opened as a career path for my life, everything just lined up as If this was God’s plan for My life.”

He said he was glad Lewis took a chance on “a young farm kid from Hodgenville” and is grateful for his mentorship.

Dobson and his wife have two daughters and a son.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or

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