Cape Fear CREW Announces 2020 Awards of Excellence Winners

February 26, 2020
Written by: KW Communications
Cape Fear CREW is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Awards of Excellence, held on February 27th, 2020 at the Wilmington Convention Center. The awards, which focus on the rapidly growing Cape Fear Region commercial real estate sector, recognize excellence and leadership in commercial real estate. The event was led by Cape Fear CREW President, Julie Andrews of Logan Homes, who noted, “This year’s awards reflect the high level of performance we are seeing in commercial real estate projects and transactions throughout the Cape Fear region. We want to thank all of the companies who submitted for the awards this year and congratulate this year’s winners.”  
Best Interior Award
Tails Piano Bar, 115 S. Front Street, Wilmington
A 1930’s Prohibition theme was chosen for Tails Piano Bar to make those that enter feel they are special. It is all about the experience and that would not be possible without the right ambiance and design, hence the black tuxedo hung strategically on the rear wall. Cozy seating areas allow for intimate gatherings. The period exposed brick walls remain a prominent feature with decorative paint treatments throughout. The rear gardens are surrounded by the exposed brick walls of an old building that had fell to disrepair. This space features more intimate seating groupings. This beautiful venue makes those that visit feel lifted and transported to another time.
Dealmaker Award
Pacon Manufacturing Relocation
Pacon Manufacturing was looking to relocate their manufacturing and headquarters from New Jersey to the southeast region of the US due to high business costs, weather and standard of living. Working with Cody Cress and Tyler Pegg with the CRESS Group of Coldwell Banker Commercial Sun Coast Partners, Pacon selected Brunswick County to expand its operations, creating 299 new jobs and investing $30 million in the region. At the facility on April 5, 2019, Governor Cooper introduced "Project Pavement" announcing Pacon's relocation and receipt of a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund. The One N.C. Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Pacon has begun constructing building improvements and will be fully operational by the end of 2020.
Placemaking Award
ARRIVE Wilmington
The first phase of the ARRIVE Wilmington project was the renovation and interior redesign of the old Wilmingtonian Hotel. The three building, 8,550 square foot property was transformed to include 36 luxurious guest rooms, the Dram Yard Restaurant and a courtyard with an outdoor bar, two fireplaces and six fire pits. Being Wilmington's first boutique hotel, the ownership of ARRIVE felt a responsibility to provide an environment that would be unforgettable. No expense was spared when it came to interior appointments. All exterior elements required Historic Preservation Commission's approval from the courtyard grounds to every detail of the buildings. In response, the team brought back the original storefront windows and doors of what is now the Dram Yard Restaurant and returned the former convent building back to its original glory.
Economic and Community Enhancement Award
Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington
The Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW) wanted to build a campus that satisfied requirements for connectivity of communities, safety for students, staff and area residents and convenience. A 100% women-led architectural, engineering, landscape design and general contracting team was retained and worked with the GLOW Board to develop a new campus reflecting the values of GLOW. Five beautiful new buildings - administration, 2 middle school buildings, 1 high school building and a student center and makerspace building - now provide GLOW students, coming from families without a college experience, with the skills they need to attend college successfully and compete and succeed in the modern business world or create businesses of their own. 
Career Advancement for Women
Stephanie Lanier – The Inspiration Lab/Lanier Property Group
Stephanie Lanier founded and leads The Inspiration Lab, a community of women who want to grow personally and professionally through teaching, tools and socializing events multiple times a month. With over 300 women as members, The Inspiration Lab is the largest women's professional development group in Wilmington. A nationally celebrated speaker on the topics of real estate, self-care, and marketing, Stephanie hosts an annual women's conference with more than 325 attendees focused on elevating the status of women as speakers and panelists. Many of the speakers from last year's conference have gone on to paid speaking engagements after getting their start at The Inspiration Lab.

Beth Quinn Excellence Award: Nancy Guyton, Kincaid & Associates, PLLC
Nancy Guyton has been advising businesses and individuals in business and real estate law in our region for more than thirty years. She is a past board member of Cape Fear CREW and is the current Membership Committee Chair. She is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Transactions - Commercial and Residential and is the only woman who holds the Commercial Specialist designation in eastern North Carolina. She has been appointed by the North Carolina State Bar to serve on the North Carolina Real Property Specialization Committee. Nancy was named Legal Elite for Real Estate by Business North Carolina in 2019. Nancy serves as a Commissioner on the Wilmington Housing Authority Board.  She is also an active member of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and was a founding member and a former officer of the Coastal Women Attorneys Chapter.  She is a past board chair and board member of the United Way of the Cape Fear Area, a Board member and Secretary of the SHE ROCKS, Inc. board since its inception, and a past board president of the YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear.  She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and has served as a member of its Real Property Council.
Impact Award Winner: Cape Fear Commercial
Founded in 2001 by Wilmington natives Brian Eckel and Vin Wells, Cape Fear Commercial specializes in providing targeted brokerage, property management and development services. In January 2017, Paul Loukas stepped into the role of broker-in-charge, joining Eckel and Wells in Cape Fear Commercial’s leadership and oversight. An equal opportunity employer, Cape Fear Commercial boasts a team of 27, with a nearly 50/50 gender mix. The company encourages involvement in the local community and volunteering is an important aspect of that commitment. Members of the firm serve on various business and community boards. Just recently, the firm participated in an ‘all-hands’ Habitat Build Day. Employees are also encouraged to support causes they are passionate about both during and after work hours. In 2015, Cape Fear Commercial partnered with GHK Development, Inc. to form GHK Cape Fear Development (GHKCFD). A driving principle for all development projects is to create value that benefits the surrounding community. Since the firm’s inception, the company has completed brokerage deals in excess of $1.5 billion and more than $500 million in development projects, in addition to managing a rapidly increasing management portfolio of 3 million+ square feet. Members of Cape Fear Commercial consistently challenge and inspire one another while working collaboratively in a results-driven manner to not only deliver innovative real estate solutions, but also leave a lasting impact on the community.
In addition to the Cape Fear CREW Awards, the organization was joined by The Realtors Commercial Alliance of Southeastern North Carolina to present their Member of the Year award to Kelly L. Stuart of Carolinas Commercial Real Estate Team and their Commercial Lifetime Achievement Award to David H. Stuart (also Kelly’s father and business partner) of the Carolinas Commercial Real Estate Team. 
Cape Fear CREW extends its appreciation to The Honorable Mayor Bill Saffo of the City of Wilmington for his remarks and for announcing the winners at the event and to our panel of judges:
Steve Yost, Judges Committee Chair, North Carolina’s Southeast
John Elliott, Duke Energy
Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NC Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resource
Joseph O. Taylor Jr., Murchison, Taylor & Gibson PLLC
Julie Wilsey, Wilmington International Airport
Cindee Wolf, Design Solutions 
Please join us in thanking our wonderful Partners!
Presenting Partner:
Live Oak Bank
Platinum Partners:
Logan Homes
Odyssey Mechanical
Award Partners:
Arrive Hotels
BluSky Restoration
MoMentum Companies
SunTrust now Truist
Thomas Construction Group
Parking Partner:
Wade Associates
Gold Partners:
The Braddock Group LLC
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Page Productions
Realtors® Commercial Alliance
Southern Sign Company
StarNews Media
Silver Partners:
Big Sky Design
Cape Fear Commercial
Capital Design
Chamblis & Rabil
Custom Home Furniture Galleries
ECS Wilmington
First National Bank
Harrington Village
HDI Construction
HVAC StarPlus
Nabell Winslow Investments & Wealth Management
North Carolina’s Southeast
Ward and Smith, P.A.
About Cape Fear CREW and CREW Network
The Cape Fear chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), with more than 60 members from a wide array of commercial real estate interests, has as its mission to advance the success of women in commercial real estate. CREW Network is the affiliated national association which represents over 11,000 women in commercial real estate in chapters across more than 70 major markets in the United States and Canada. For more information on the Cape Fear chapter, including membership and sponsorship information, visit the Cape Fear CREW website at and follow us on Facebook @CapeFearCrew.