Brian Eckel, co-founder of Cape Fear Commercial, oversees strategic planning, providing 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.
Before co-founding Cape Fear Commercial, Brian was vice president of Ackerman & Co. in Atlanta, where he specialized in representing Fortune 500 companies, as well as emerging growth technology organizations. He began his real estate career while in college, working 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 for clients by understanding all aspects of real estate negotiations that have balance sheet implications and impact the bottom line. He prides himself on having the highest level of integrity and the personal style of professional services he offers clients.
Brian is a native of Wilmington and volunteers his time in various organizations throughout the community. He has served as the co-chairman of the Economic Development Board and on the board of directors for Wilmington Downtown, Inc. Brian has been appointed to the zoning board by New Hanover County Commissioners and is a founding member of Coastal Carolina Tomorrow, Inc. His community involvement also includes the Land Acquisition Committee of the Coastal Land Trust and the board of directors for the REALTORS Commercial Alliance of Southeastern North Carolina. Brian is currently a member of the board of directors for the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Cape Fear Home Builders Association and Business Alliance for a Sound Economy (BASE). He is also on the Novant Health Coastal Region board of managers (formerly the New Hanover Regional Medical Center board of trustees), and after a recent appointment to the hospital system’s parent board, Brian serves on the board of trustees for Novant Health.
He lives in Wrightsville Beach with his wife, Carroll, and children, Julia, Madeline, Web and Lucy.