Meet Nancy Baldridge

Director of Business Development / Broker REALTOR®

Nancy is a proud Michigander who has called Wilmington her home since 1998. She grew up in the East Lansing area, home of Michigan State University, and the metro Detroit area, both of which enjoy a diverse population. There, she learned to appreciate many cultures, which in turn created her love to meet new people and learn their story. After living in Michigan, Florida, Virginia Beach, the Piedmont Triad area of NC, Eastern Iowa, and upstate NY, her experience contributes to her understanding of the real estate market on a national level.

Nancy was a Navy wife during the Gulf War, then sold a successful service business she had co-created. One visit to Wilmington and she decided to move here. Persistence and the belief in top-notch customer service are her strengths. After 20 years working in sales for a Wilmington-based franchise real estate company and as Broker in Charge/Business Development for their large long-term rental management division, Nancy joined KBT Realty Group – Keller Williams as a real estate agent and then moved into the position of Listing Coordinator. 

For 19 years she was instrumental in growing an extensive portfolio of owners, and that has remained her passion. Because advising on the benefits of owning long-term residential rental property in the greater Cape Fear area is her specialty, she was tapped to assume the Business Development role with Cape Fear Coastal Property Management. She is enthusiastic about the growing coastal real estate market and its investment opportunities.

Meet Sonia Dale

Director of Operations

Sonia Dale comes to our long-established team as a NY transplant who moved to the Wilmington area
two years ago in search of a better quality of life. As the owner of her own real estate franchise for more than 10 years and a partner of a property management team, she has extensive knowledge of the
management and maintenance of rental properties and HOA’s. Sonia served as Secretary on the Board
of Directors for a brand-new 96 unit Cooperative in NYC for 7 years then was President of the Board of
Directors for another new Condominium development for 3 years. She has also managed numerous
short-term rentals.

Previously Sonia had a career in financial services as the Director of Operations for a Private Equity Fund.

On a personal level, she has successfully bought, rehabbed, and sold properties in NY and Wilmington
and has education and experience with Home Staging and Interior Design. It was these projects that led
her to a career in real estate and property management. It’s her goal to change the level of service in
the industry and create a team that reflects her intensity and dedication.

Sonia is so excited to be part of the Wilmington Community, loves the vibrant downtown area and the
proximity to the Beach. She enjoys outdoor activities and the arts. She is passionate about all things real
estate related and provides her discerning clients with exceptional customer service. Although property management is her second career, her keen business sense has garnered her respect in the industry and the attention of her competitors.

Meet Kirk Pugh

Principal / Broker REALTOR®

Kirk Pugh is a general broker, developer, and real estate investor who has been a key player in the greater Cape Fear real estate market for more than a decade. He brings a service-centric philosophy to his work with clients, whether purchasing or selling investment property, luxury homes, income-producing property, or other real estate. As co-founder of KBT Realty Group, Kirk leads a team of more than 20 real estate agents and six administrative professionals including transaction coordinators, client service specialists, and marketing, recruiting, and lead generation directors.

When he is not immersed in all things real estate, Kirk enjoys his family, playing pickleball, and enjoying fine wines. In a previous life, Kirk had a 25-year tenure as a hospitality executive, and he often displays his cooking chops for friends and clients. 

Kirk’s dream is to land a big fish; every year you will find him in Morehead City, participating in the Big Rock Tournament, one of the oldest and largest sport fishing tournaments in the country.

Meet Becky Holt Brown

Principal / Broker REALTOR®

Becky Holt Brown has been a real estate agent since 1995, and is a co-founder of KBT Realty Group – Keller Williams INNOVATE. Becky is a true Wilmington native – born and raised in New Hanover Country. Her roots in the area run deep; she is our in-house local expert. An avid boater and outdoor recreation lover, Becky knows the intricacies of the area’s inlets, creeks, and waterfront real estate.

Becky has a background in insurance and banking, and brings her business sensibility to the world of property management and income-producing real estate investment. Becky also has experience as a business partner in a local property management firm, offering real estate services to property owners looking to sell rental units, multi-family residences, or expand their portfolio of income-producing investment real estate.

Becky’s passion is working with local charities, and she has a long roster of contributions to Cape Fear’s nonprofit community, including Cape Fear Realtors®, Wilmington Realtors® Foundation, the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Heart Association,  American Cancer Society, Canines for Service, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Meet Mary Ellen Slugg

Business Services

Mary Ellen Slugg was engaged in the practice of law for more than 20 years in Washington D.C. Her practice was general law, with a strong emphasis on both residential and commercial real estate transactions. 

Mary Ellen earned her undergraduate degree from George Mason University with a B.S. in Public Administration, and then earned her Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law.

Her dream was always to call the beach her home. “I discovered Kure Beach in 2003, and instantly I fell in love. In 2014, I made the leap and moved to Kure Beach permanently.”

Meet Anne Rose


Anne Rose has decades of experience with a variety of organizations, nonprofits, and businesses providing expertise in print, special event and Web-based marketing communications. She specializes innovative e-marketing programs, social media marketing, and public relations initiatives.

Anne is a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in English Editorial. She also earned the designation Certified Internet Webmaster from Florida Atlantic University, and was a student-at-large at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also certified in a variety of web platforms, and Google Adwords.

Anne’s passion has always been the #sidehustle. “I’m often fortunate to have the opportunity to work with interesting entrepreneurs to launch and build their business’ digital presence. My own passion is my foodie site – Port City Foodie – and I try to add content that promotes Cape Fear’s awesome culinary scene.”