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Meet Ilene Palmer Green

Principal / Director of Operations / Broker REALTOR®

Ilene Green has been in the property management industry for over 26 years. Prior to jumping into property management, she was in corporate sales, and was looking for a career that offered that precarious combination of work/life balance and professional challenges. After just a few weeks of leasing, she knew this was the career for her.

Her journey began as a leasing consultant, she quickly moved up to assistant manager, and then property manager. Ilene worked for companies such as Bell Partners, Cottonwood Residential and American Landmark. She also worked in student housing as a portfolio manager and most recently, held a position as a new construction lease-up manager for Hawthorne Residential.

Ilene's career-long dream was to start her own management company. It was fueled by a passion for helping others and to provide amazing customer service - something that she has always been committed to. Cape Fear Coastal Property Management is the realization of that dream.

Ilene lives in Carolina Beach and when she is not working, family is her focus. "We love spending time together, whether it be cooking and eating, playing competitive games - Monopoly is a favorite of mine - and playing or relaxing at the beach. I love music and try to enjoy as many live concerts as possible. My husband Sam and I are NC State fans and hold season football tickets. This means during football season, you know where you can find us: tailgating and cheering on the Wolfpack from the stands of Carter-Finley Stadium."

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

Director of 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

Director of Marketing

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.”