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.


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