Stephanie Fessel, Director
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Pam Berry, Instructor

Pam Berry has had an active real estate license since 1979. She was approved to teach pre-licensing, post-licensing and continuing education in 1996. Having been a consistent, multi-million producer, she 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 the firsthand knowledge to share with the students attending her classes.

Jennifer Boyd, Instructor

Jennifer Boyd has been a real estate instructor since 2018. She teaches it all: Pre-Licensing, Post-Licensing, General Update, Broker in Charge Update, Continuing Education classes and Ethics. Jennifer is an active real estate agent, working with both buyers and sellers, and has been licensed since 2014. Her real estate experience allows for real life examples to be discussed and examined in the classroom. Jennifer regularly gets enthusiastic feedback from her students indicating that her classes are fun and informative. Over time, she has come to the realization that her real estate passion lies in the classroom. She enjoys helping people become real estate agents and loves seeing her former Pre-Licensing students continue their education. She is constantly creating new classroom exercises to enhance the curriculum. She is also available for Pre-Licensing tutoring, outside of class, should a student need more one on one time. Previously, Jennifer was a stay at home mom to her two children. She has a background in Interior Design and home staging. She enjoys home renovating and loves to read by the pool (Stephen King needs to keep writing for at least another 30 years). She is a Yankee transplant from Maine, and has called NC home shince 2013.

Stephanie Fessel, Vice President of Education for Intracoastal Realty and School Director for Intracoastal Real Estate Academy

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 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 has enjoyed a highly successful real estate career since 2001, most recently serving as Director of Learning for Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Southwest Florida and North Carolina Regions. Prior to that, she held positions as Director of Professional Development for Allen Tate Realtors in Charlotte, NC and as Director of Career Development for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Charlotte, NC. She and her husband, Dennis, reside in the Monkey Junction area of Wilmington. They have three grown children, one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, one Yorkie, a son-in-law actively serving in the United States Army in Fort Bragg; and four grandchildren. She enjoys eating Mexican food, traveling, spending quality time with her family, and enjoying her favorite cocktail while basking in the sun at one of Carolinas’ fabulous beaches.

Phillip Galloway, Instructor

Phillip Galloway, is the most experienced real estate instructor in the area. He has over 48 years of experience in residential sales and leasing, as well as commercial sales and leasing. Many students who attend The Market Place are seeking careers in real estate sales. They enjoy the many references to actual real life stories that come with his many years of experience. This helps make this course and school stand out in the Wilmington area.

LaurieAnn Gardner, 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 graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned an MBA from Duke University. Prior to obtaining her real estate license, Laurie Ann specialized in marketing communications for over 20 years. She decided to apply this knowledge and experience to her real estate business and to teaching prelicensing, postlicensing and continuing education across North Carolina. 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 level of personal customer service to her clients and students. In addition to teaching, Laurie Ann uses her real estate expertise to write and develop material for new classes. She loves calling the Wilmington area home and enjoys all that it has to offer. Laurie Ann is a member of the Cape Fear REALTORS.

Gabriela Huffman, Instructor

Gabriela Huffman is a Wilmington, NC native and began her real estate career in 2011. She is a well rounded instructor, teaching Prelicensing, Postlicensing, Continuing Education, and Ethics. Students will choose to take her classes for her direct approach, the learning atmosphere, relevant real estate cases, detailed forms review, and no-broker-left-behind mentality. While in class, you can expect to learn more than just what’s needed to pass the tests, and have fun while doing it. On the other hand, you will be required to pay attention and keep distractions down, as everyone’s time is valuable!

Therese Sove, Instructor

Therese, has been in real estate for over 10 years with a real estate license in NC, NJ, and FL. Her experience includes Listing and Buyers agent representing first time home buyers, Veterans, investment properties, land, and property management. She has twenty plus years in teaching for corporate, military, and in university settings. Her method of teaching is to bring her experience to the classroom by “story telling” to emphasize the lesson taught. She has earned several certifications, such as, Sales and Marketing Specialist. She attended UNCG where she earned her Masters of Business Administration degree. She is a consistent “multimillion” dollar producer.


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