Brian Eckel, co-founder of Cape Fear Commercial, oversees the firm’s strategic planning to provide clients with a sophisticated arsenal of services. He has extensive experience specializing in Corporate Advisory Services and strategic real estate planning. Brian is also a Partner in the firm’s development arm, GHK Cape Fear Development. It is Brian’s understanding of complex real estate and development transactions that allows him to provide an invaluable perspective to his clients.
Prior to co-founding Cape Fear Commercial, Brian was Vice President of Ackerman & Co. based in Atlanta, where he specialized in representing Fortune 500 companies, as well as emerging growth technology organizations in the acquisition and disposition of their real estate requirements. He began his career while in college in the Brokerage Department of Edens and Avant, a full service commercial real estate firm in Columbia, South Carolina.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Brian adds significant value to clients. He understands all aspects of real estate negotiations that have balance sheet implications and impact the bottom line, and he has represented companies such as First Data Corp., PPD and GE Capital.
Brian has been awarded the “SIOR” designation from the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, a professional affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS. SIOR is dedicated to the practice and maintenance of the highest professional and ethical standards, and its real estate professionals are known as the most capable and experienced brokerage practitioners in any market. His extensive experience in both Office and Industrial qualified him for the coveted Dual Specialist Designation (Industrial and Office).
A native of Wilmington, Brian prides himself on the highest level of integrity and the personal style of professional services he offers his clients. He also volunteers his time in various charity organizations throughout the Wilmington community. He has served as the Co-Chairman of the Economic Development Board and on the Board of Directors for Wilmington Downtown, Inc. He has also been appointed by the New Hanover County Commissioners to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and as a Founding Member of Coastal Carolina Tomorrow, Inc., he served as Vice President/Treasurer. Brian’s community involvement also includes the Land Acquisition Committee of the Coastal Land Trust and sitting on the Board of Directors for the REALTORS Commercial Alliance of Southeastern North Carolina. He currently serves as on the Board of Directors for the Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builder Association and Business Alliance for a Sound Economy, as well as on the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. He lives in Wrightsville Beach with his wife, Carroll, and children, Julia, Madeline, Web and Lucy.