Meet The Management Team
Jim Wallace – Founder/CEO
Jim attended Florida State University on a basketball scholarship and majored in English and History. After graduation, he worked in sales for a construction equipment manufacturer in Los Angeles and New York City. Jim started his real estate career with Carolina Caribbean Corporation and managed their sales office in New Orleans and later in Atlanta. After moving to Wilmington in 1976, he founded Intracoastal Realty. The company’s first office was in a small building on Wrightsville Beach with just Jim and one employee. Today, the company has over 350 agents, 50 support staff, and 13 offices. Jim is dedicated to providing the agents and staff of Intracoastal the highest quality training and support that is available. The company’s IT and Marketing Departments are on the cutting edge of innovation. Jim’s mantra for the company is “Experience the Exceptional” and the company is committed to “whatever it takes” to offer world-class service to its clients and agents.
Trey Wallace – President
Trey Wallace is native of the Wilmington area and has been witness to its explosive growth over the past several decades. Growing up on Wrightsville Beach and introduced to real estate sales and development at a young age, he has been fortunate to have exposure to many different perspectives on the industry. During high school and continuing through college, Trey worked summers in the company’s IT department, helping the agents with the real estate technology explosion of the early 2000s, and the challenges that came with it. After graduating college from East Carolina University, he acquired a real estate license in 2010, and over the next couple of years worked as a sales agent in Intracoastal’s Lumina Station office. In 2013, he made a transition into the company’s management team, with a focus on operations. Since that time, he has acquired management experience in sales, operations and accounting, marketing, rentals, and even real estate development, working as project manager for the very successful Spartina Townhomes project near Wrightsville Beach. Now serving as President of Intracoastal Realty, Trey is excited about the future of the industry, and is looking forward to working collectively to raise the real estate bar in the region, and elsewhere.
Chris Livengood – Vice President of Sales
Chris Livengood is a well-traveled native of North Carolina. Chris graduated from NC State University with a BS in Business and a minor in Economics before completing graduate work at Wake Forest University. Chris’ career in sales began with Hanes Hosiery Products, a division of Sara Lee Corporation, where he rose over a 14 year career to Director of Sales. That position took him to New York City. Upon returning to North Carolina and beginning a career in Real Estate, he was his firm’s Rookie of the Year and a consistent Top Producer before moving again into Sales Management. Chris was recruited by Intracoastal Realty in July of 2006 and moved to Wilmington at that time. Chris has held several Board positions with his local Association of REALTORS and enjoys the opportunity to give back to his profession. Chris’ fundamental management goal is to serve and support the efforts of the market’s number one Sales Team. There is nothing more exciting than successfully navigating the waters of a difficult market, one Client transaction at a time.
Lake Slacum – Vice President of Marketing
Lake is a native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and is a graduate of East Carolina University. After spending 11 years in Hilton Head Island working in operations and marketing for Marriott International and American Golf Corporation, Lake relocated to the Wilmington area in 2003. Lake’s passion for real estate marketing brought him to Intracoastal Realty, where he is responsible for the marketing and branding of the company’s general brokerage, commercial, and property management divisions. Perhaps the most important aspect of his job – and the one he finds most rewarding – is helping individual agents with their personal marketing needs. Lake and his marketing team offer services and structured support to help agents achieve their sales goals. The marketing department is a valuable resource for the agents, providing an extensive array of online and offline marketing products, services, and training. With Lake and his staff, the agents’ needs are priority #1.
John Schweighardt – Chief Information Officer
John grew up in New Jersey, but has called North Carolina home since 2000. He began his career as a software programmer and progressed into management running IT Departments for BASF and other fortune 100 companies. In 2004 he joined Fonville Morisey Realty in Raleigh where he introduced many new technology solutions while maintaining a very high level of customer service and support. In 2015 he assumed additional responsibility as the VP of IT for Long and Foster Realty in Chantilly VA, where he directed the Technology Support group. His years of experience in the real estate industry is a great asset to Intracoastal and instrumental to keep the company on the forefront of new technology. John has a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Business from William Paterson University. He lives in Wilmington with his wife Elizabeth and has 2 daughters, Claudia and Cecilia.
Melisa Gallison – Broker-In-Charge, Wilmington - Lumina 2 office
Melisa Gallison grew up in Louisiana and began her real estate career in Beverly Hills, CA before moving to North Carolina in 1997. Prior to being recruited by Intracoastal Realty to serve as Director of the company’s New Homes Division, Melisa worked in sales and business development. Melisa is currently Broker in Charge and Sales Manager for the Wilmington Lumina II office (in Lumina Station, near Wrightsville Beach), using her unique experience and background to support & coach her sales agents toward the success they desire. She is always looking for experienced agents wanting to join the area’s industry market leader, as well as identifying new agents with a passion for success. Melisa is very active in the community, serving on local boards, assisting in fundraising for various non-profit groups and working with companion animal organizations. She was recognized numerous times as Sales Manager of the Year by the WCF Home Builders Association and has received community service recognition from the NC Association of Realtors, Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors and the WCFHBA. Contact Melisa to talk about your real estate career.
Cynthia Remahl – Broker-In-Charge, Carolina Beach office
Cynthia is the Managing Broker in Charge for Intracoastal Realty’s Carolina Beach office. Cynthia is a native of Washington, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of North Carolina State University. Cynthia is passionate about her role and the ability to help others succeed. With a background in Human Resources and Management Consulting, coaching and development of agents and staff is a natural fit. Cynthia enthusiastically embraces each new opportunity to provide exceptional experiences for agents and customers. Being with Intracoastal Realty gives Cynthia the ability to ensure agents have the optimal tools and resources available to provide exceptional experiences for their clients. Intracoastal agents are the most talented and experienced agents in our market. Cynthia’s primary mission is to help her agents grow and develop in their real estate careers and achieve optimal results as a business unit. In addition to her position in Real Estate, Cynthia is actively involved in the Community through leadership positions in the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Carolina Beach Marketing Advisory Committee, and participating in various community service endeavors. Call Cynthia and let her passion for helping agents grow their business go to work for you!