We offer a true turnkey, end to end solution that both protects your home and maximizes your revenue.

Founded on Topsail Island in 1974 by the Leeseberg family, our company values have always been partnership, compassion, dedication, and being change agents. We continue those traditions today as a sophisticated full-service vacation rental management solution. We use high-tech tools, modern online marketing, and an experienced staff of local professionals to improve our clients' bottom lines while protecting their real estate investments. We pride ourselves on our long-term approach to client relationships and shared goals. Your success is our success.

Meet Our Team

R. Michael Harrington

President & Owner

Carolina Retreats is led by President and Owner Michael Harrington. Mr. Harrington has close to 15 years of experience in executive management at some of the largest and most well respected vacation rental and real estate firms on the coast of North Carolina. Before establishing Carolina Retreats with the acquisitions of Topsail Realty on Topsail Island and Blue Water Realty on Carolina Beach, he was the CEO at Resort Realty on the Outer Banks. There he oversaw the daily operations, marketing, and growth strategy of more than 600 vacation rental homes, five offices, and more than 100 full time employees and Real Estate agents.

Mr. Harrington is the Past-President of the Vacation Rental Manager's Association (VRMA), the oldest and largest trade association in the vacation rental industry, as well as Past-President for the North Carolina Vacation Rental Manager's Association (NCVRMA). He is frequently asked to speak at seminars and conferences on the latest vacation rental management trends in marketing, operations, and strategy.

He holds a MBA from East Carolina University, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and serves as an Advisory Board member for East Carolina's School of Hospitality Leadership. He resides in Wilmington with his wife Holly, and their three children, Jordan, Vance, and Emery.

Danny Williams

General Manager

Danny Williams has over 20 years’ experience in Real Estate Investment, Sales, and Property Management. As General Manager for Carolina Retreats, Mr. Williams acts as a primary point of contact with all of Carolina Retreats Homeowner Clients, with a focus on Topsail Island. Additionally, he is responsible for monitoring and advising on the rental performance for each Client, and works hand in hand with our operations teams making sure they are meeting stated objectives.

Mr. Williams is a graduate of NC State University with a BA in English. He holds a North Carolina Real Estate Broker license, and is a member of the Topsail Island and North Carolina Association REALTORS. He and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Wilmington with their son Alston. In addition to being a professional vacation rental manager, Mr. and Mrs. Williams are also the proud owners of two vacation rental properties in Surf City.

Kelli Taylor

Sr. Property Manager

Kelli Taylor comes to Carolina Retreats with a diverse and well-rounded background in Vacation Rental Management and Real Estate Sales. She has over 10 years of experience directly managing, listing, and selling property on and around Pleasure Island, with her primary focus on Carolina and Kure Beach vacation home property. As the Sr. Property Manager for Carolina Retreat’s Pleasure Island office, Ms. Taylor acts as the main point of contact and oversees the day-to-day operations for all new and current Homeowner clients.

A true Carolina Beach local, Ms. Taylor holds a North Carolina Real Estate Brokers license, is a member of the Cape Fear and North Carolina Association of REALTORS, and is a proud graduate of UNC-Wilmington with a degree in Psychology and minor in Business.

Our Values

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Partnership

We know that strong, trustworthy partnerships lead to success.

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Change Agents

We stay ahead of the curve by embracing innovation and positive change.

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Compassion

We do the right thing for the people we serve, no matter what.

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Dedication

We pledge our full time and resources to your needs; nothing gets left behind.

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