Stephanie Fessel, Education Director

Kristin Bedford, Prelicensing, Postlicensing, & Continuing Education Instructor

Kristin is a native of Maryland and began her real estate career on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. As a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising and Design. Kristin has spent the past 20 years selling real estate as an agent. Kristin is passionate about teaching and is committed to providing exceptional education to her prelicensing students. Seeing her students pass their real estate exam and fulfilling their dreams of becoming a licensed NC real estate broker is what makes Kristin happy. Family is also incredibly important to Kristin, and as a mother of 4, she understands balancing career and family, while trying to study and learn a new career.

Pam Berry, Postlicensing & Continuing Education Instructor

Pam Berry has had an active real estate license since 1979. She has been teach prelicensing, postlicensing and continuing education since 1996. Having been a consistent, multi-million producer, she still works actively with buyers and sellers. Her career has included Broker-in-Charge for many years as well as a sales manager helping many agents further their real estate careers. Hands on experience adds to her firsthand knowledge she shares with her students attending her classes. Students who take her courses sign up again and again as repeat students. Everyone loves Pam's approachable demeanor and her funny sense of humor, and so will you!

Stephanie Fessel, Education Director

Stephanie is a native of Dallas, Texas. Prior to moving to Wilmington in 2017, she and her family lived in Charlotte, NC for 18 years. Stephanie is the Vice President of Education for Intracoastal Realty. In her current role, she oversees training and agent development for Intracoastal Realty, including the company’s exclusive Pathways to Excellence training program for new and seasoned agents. She is also the Director of the firm's real estate school, Intracoastal Real Estate Academy. A career sales trainer and former real estate agent herself, Fessel brings practical application and real world experiences to each of her continuing education classes.

Phillip Galloway, Founder

Phillip Galloway is the founder of The Market Place Academy, now known as Intracoastal Real Estate Academy. Phillip retired in 2019 and is now living the good life traveling around the country with his wife in their motorized RV. He is an active real estate broker and has 50 plus years of experience in residential & commercial sales and leasing.

Laurie Ann Gardner, Prelicensing, Postlicensing, & Continuing Education Instructor

After growing up in Eastern, NC, and moving around to different areas of the state, Laurie Ann was drawn back east by her love for the beach and Wilmington’s relaxed, coastal lifestyle. Her passion for real estate was born out of many years of property management, buying and selling houses and home renovations. She is a graduate of UNC and has her MBA from Duke University. Laurie Ann is an active real estate broker assisting both buyers and sellers in the Wilmington area. She loves working with people and strives to provide the highest quality of education to her students. In addition to teaching, Laurie Ann uses her real estate expertise to write and develop course content and materials for one of the largest online real estate education providers in the nation.

Jim Garrison, Continuing Education Instructor

Jim Garrison started his career in the real estate industry in 1984. Jim’s interest in finance and bringing the deal to closing is what lead him to migrate to the lending side of real estate transactions 30 years ago. Jim is passionate about structuring real estate deals in a manner that is beneficial to the homebuyer. Jim also enjoys the challenge of aiding Realtors in learning the art of making the sale happen. This combination of experience and passion blended with his engaging communication style and dynamic PowerPoints removes the boring out of his CE class.

Nick Johns, Continuing Education Instructor

Nick Johns is the General Manager of AmeriSpec Inspection Services. A native of San Diego, Ca, he is well versed in our coastal climate and the blend of water front and inland properties and their nuances. He is a licensed home inspector in North and South Carolina, focusing additional inspection efforts on understanding mold and moisture related concerns. Nick is a Certified Residential Thermographer and mold inspector as well. Building relationships and educating the client as well as the agents, so they understand the report instead of being scared by it, is something we strive for at AmeriSpec.

Stuart Vick, Continuing Education Instructor

Stuart Vick is the owner of AmeriSpec Inspection Services. Stuart started AmeriSpec of Wilmington over 20 years ago and has grown his business from a one-man shop to a team of nine. He is a licensed inspector whose wealth of knowledge and experience have made him the go-to inspector for many of Wilmington’s top producers. Stuart’s commitment to customer service and fostering excellent relationships with realtors are the main keys to his success as a home inspector and small business owner.


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