Our Team Members

Jerry Helms

President

Born and bred in Brunswick County and a graduate of UNCW, Jerry Helms is truly a local real estate expert.  Coastal living is Jerry’s passion, and he has created a company whose sole intention is to help people settle into the coastal lifestyle he treasures so much.  He is more than our president, Jerry’s southern hospitality and warmth set a welcoming tone in our office.

Favorite place to visit: The Bahamas

Fun Fact:  Jerry was once the captain of the Bald Head Island Ferry

Beth Burgee

Marketing Director

Originally from Maryland, Beth has nearly 30 years of real estate marketing experience.  With her knowledge and expertise, she is here to assist you in competitively marketing your home when it time to list.  

Favorite cocktail: Texas Mule

Fun Fact: Beth has three sons that play lacrosse.

Reid Myers

Real Estate Agent & Marketing Manager

Reid is truly a Carolina girl and a graduate of UNCW. When she is not helping sellers and buyers with their real estate endeavors, she is instrumental in executing events and open houses, social media campaigns and marketing initiatives.

Favorite beach: Ocean Isle Beach

Fun Fact: Reid knows how to sail and grew up sailing competitively.

Meghan Owen

Sales Operations Manager

This North Carolina native is our behind-the-scenes hero.  Meghan keeps our listings, client database and all our inventory in check.  

Favorite Movie: Steel Magnolias

Fun Fact: Meghan is a former schoolteacher.

Kaitlin Snead

Front Desk Manager

Originally from the Richmond area, Kaitlin has become quite the Carolina expert and is responsible for making sure our guest experience runs smoothly.  Armed with a smile and cheerful attitude, Kaitlin is there to assist you during your visit with our team.

Favorite flavor of ice cream: Lavender

Fun Fact: Kaitlin is an amazing make-up artist too.

Maureen Ruddy

Front Desk

She may not be a native, but her cheerful attitude and friendly manner are just as welcoming as southern charm.  Originally from New York, Maureen has a history of making people feel welcome and has a strong background in the hospitality business.  Maureen is our ambassador of first impressions, and she will be here to help make your experience a pleasant one.

Favorite Sport: Pickleball

Fun Fact: Maureen loves to travel.

Katie McAlick

Sales Assistant

Although Katie grew up in the New Jersey area she has settled right into the laid-back coastal lifestyle of the Carolinas. A graduate from UNCW, Katie is now working on her master’s degree.  As a transplant, Katie has an interesting perspective on Coastal Carolina living and can give you an insiders look at living here.

Favorite Sport: Pickleball 

Fun Fact: Katie is also a whiz at tennis.

Libby Carpenter

Real Estate Agent & Sales Assistant

Although Libby has lived all over the world, her heart resides in coastal Carolina. She is an essential member of our sales team and responsible for much of our client communication. Libby has the inside information on everything in our area. 

Favorite Restaurant: Sealevel City Vegan/Vegetarian

Fun Fact: Libby has helped replace over 50 trees to the Wilmington area tree canopy.

Brett Russell

Real Estate Agent

For the last 20 years, Brett has been raising his family on the Carolina coast and helping people find their new homes here in the Carolinas.  Brett knows the area and lives the coastal lifestyle. His knowledge and experience can help you find a home that is the perfect fit.

Favorite color: Red

Fun Fact: Brett went to the University of Georgia.  GO Dawgs!

Judson Poole

Real Estate Agent

As a long-time “Wilmingtonian” with two decades of real estate experience, Judson really has an understanding of the local real estate market.  His strong real estate and marketing background as well as his helpful nature will make the home buying and selling process easy for you and your family.

Favorite color:Aquamarine

Fun Fact: Judson is also a fluid artist.

John Avera

Real Estate Agent

Born in the Carolinas, John brings 15 years of real estate experience to the team.  He loves the coastal lifestyle and enjoys it by spending his free time fishing, surfing, and boating.  John’s laid-back personality and local knowledge make you feel at ease when looking for a new home.

Favorite cocktail: Titos and Cranberry

Fun fact: John excels at Wordle.

Kim Fanelli

Real Estate Agent

With over 30 years’ experience in real estate its no wonder that we consider Kim to be the queen of our real estate team. Sellers love her and buyers keep coming back to her whenever they are ready to downsize or purchase a second home. Kim prides herself on listening to her clients’ needs and helping them achieve their real estate goals.

Favorite Music genre: Country

Fun Fact: Kim has a 2nd home in Tuscany.

Denis Symington

Real Estate Agent

A former New Yorker, Denis has over 15 years’ experience in North Carolina Real Estate.  He also may be the most well-traveled member of our team.  From his travels in the Navy, to his career overseas, to his pleasure trips around the world, Denis has seen it all. Although, if you ask him he will tell you that coastal North Carolina is the best place to live in the world.

Favorite activity: Traveling

Fun Fact: Denis makes an amazing Pasta Fazool

David Kubes

Real Estate Agent

Home grown in the Carolinas, David Kubes has lived in New Hanover County all his life.  If you want the inside scoop on the neighborhoods of the downtown area, local beaches and Brunswick County, David is your agent.

Favorite Holiday: Halloween

Fun Fact: When David was young, he studied to be a priest.

Patrick Crean

Real Estate Agent

Originally from Hauppauge, New York, Patrick Crean and his family love the Carolina lifestyle.  Patrick has over 15 years’ experience in the area.  His friendly demeanor and easy-going attitude will make home buying or selling a smooth and pleasant experience.

Favorite pastime: Spending time with his family

Fun Fact: Patrick was once a NY Police officer

Vickie Klemens

Closing Coordinator

There is always that one employee that you just can’t function without, and Vickie Klemens is that one for us.  Vickie is instrumental in making sure our closings happen, realtors get paid and inventory stays up-to-date. She is the glue to keeps us together for sure.

Favorite hobby: Reading

Fun Fact: Vickie loves doing laundry.