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.
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.
After beginning his real estate and vacation rental management career on Hatteras Island, Stuart joined Resort Realty of the Outer Banks as General Manager and was promptly promoted to COO, then CEO in 2015. Under Stuart’s leadership, Resort Realty grew to over 600 vacation rental properties under management, and spearheaded a merger of their Real Estate Sales division with powerhouse real estate firm, Keller Williams Realty. Stuart left Resort Realty in 2019 to rejoin Mike Harrington as Carolina Retreats new Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, in charge of improving and executing the company’s operational and growth strategies.
Stuart has held various roles throughout this career as Director, Executive Vice President, General Manager, COO, and CEO, from Florida to North Carolina. In addition to over 17 years of executive management experience in the vacation rental and real estate industry, he has also served many volunteer and non-profit industry boards. Most recently he sat on the Outer Banks Association of Realtors Board of Directors as Treasurer, as well as the Outer Banks Tourism Board. Stuart holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Union University. He and his wife, Suzanne, who is a High School math teacher, have four children together, Benjamin, Tyler, Joshua, and Emily, along with one grandson, Baker.
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.