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The time was right for the Silivanch Family to move on in August 2014 and created Eastern Carolinas Commercial Real Estate or ECCRE.
Garry brings to ECCRE the ability to maximize strategic goals in a dynamic and fast-paced environment through quick decision-making, problem solving and highly developed communication and negotiation skills. He has extensive experience in Retail, Industrial, Investment Real Estate as well as land acquisitions/development.
After twenty-three successful years as President & CEO of GDS a New York based national executive search firm Garry decided to pursue his passion in real estate.
Global Data Services Inc (GDS) had offices in NY, CA, NJ and IL. GDS specialized in Executive Recruitment for High Technology Firms. The company offered the following services Executive Search, Outsourcing, Consulting and Staff Augmentation. Garry’s responsibilities included General Management, Sales & Marketing where he developed a methodology to identify and recruit talent for his cliental. Simultaneously Garry was President/CEO of GDS Property Management a multi-million dollar property management firm.
Garry has applied that same methodology successfully to Identify and contact buyers and sellers in the Real Estate market. He is accustomed to working on large national multimillion dollar contracts and has an excellent eye to see the big picture, implement a strategy and close the deal. Garry has brokered Commercial Real Estate in South Eastern Carolinas for over Fifteen Years with Prudential Commercial Real Estate and Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate. He has been honored with many Broker of the Month/ Year awards as well as Broker of the Southern Region.
His son Nicholas is his Partner at Eastern Carolina Commercial Real Estate (ECCRE). When ECCRE was opened in August of 2014 Nick and Garry were Number 1 and number 3 in the entire State of NC for Coldwell Banker Commercial.
Garry was an enlisted officer in the United States Air Force/ Strategic Air Command’s combat support group. He attended Queens College and LIU where he studied Earth Science and Marketing. He is married to Bernadette who is also a Partner at ECCRE.
Garry enjoys family, golf, travel, fishing, reading, his two grandson’s Sylas and Ezra, and his wife’s excellent cooking.
Garry is currently pursuing his CCIM certification, Certified Commercial Investment Member. He also serves on the board of Southeastern Economic Development Commission representing Pender County.
Bernadette has been a broker for 20 years in North Carolina & New York. While in residential Real Estate, she focused on land and multifamily listings in this marketplace. In 2006, she joined Prudential CRES/Coldwell Banker Commercial and became the Marketing and Research arm for Team Silivanch. As the Marketing arm of the team, she was responsible for researching growth markets, analyzing data, providing potential client contacts and compiling all collateral material. Currently, she oversees the marketing department as more of her time is focused on brokerage working with clients in the office and retail marketplace as well as handling Bank Owned Properties.
Bernadette is excited to be part of Eastern Carolinas Commercial Real Estate. More importantly she was pleased that our clients continued their association with us and our new venture.
Earlier in her career she was Vice President of Research and Marketing for Global Data Services. In this capacity, she worked with Fortune 500 Clients creating Client Specific assessment tools to be used during the recruitment and interview cycle. Bernadette began her career as a School Psychologist.
Bernadette currently serves as Board Chair for Pender Memorial Hospital Board as well as the New Hanover Home Health Care Board.
Nicholas Silivanch began his real estate adventure as a broker’s assistant at Prudential CRES in 2004, in 2006, he became the Development Coordinator with a local multifamily development firm and oversaw site selection and the application for funding process as well as some construction oversight duties. Graduating from UNCW in 2007 with a degree in Political Science, minoring in International Affairs, however after getting the real estate bug, Nicholas achieved his real estate licensure in June of 2008. In August 2008 Nicholas again was at Prudential CRES this time as a junior broker.
In January of 2009, Prudential CRES and Coldwell Banker Commercial in Wilmington merged and Nicholas and Garry were now located at CBC. Nicholas, Garry and Bernadette formed a Commercial Brokerage Team known as “Team Silivanch.” During this time of moving and reorganizing, Nicholas and Garry began to strategize on which verticals of the commercial real estate market they would focus on that way the Team could specialize in different areas to maximize its potential.
Nicholas made the decision to enter the retail market, after analyzing the market the Team made the decision to pursue several major area landlords and landed the regions power center, University Centre a 517,000 sf shopping center as one of the first projects. Fast forward to today and Nicholas oversees 19 shopping centers in the Eastern Carolinas, and has helped his clients achieve full occupancy and established wait lists should a vacancy arise.
Nicholas’s dedication and success helped him too quickly advance as one of the youngest brokers at Coldwell Banker Commercial to become a Director of Retail Leasing and Acquisitions and then Vice President of Retail Leasing and Acquisitions.
Today Nicholas represents national, regional and local landlords as well as several investment REITS in their acquisition of shopping centers across the Eastern Carolinas. Nicholas is currently working on his CCIM designation, is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and sits on the New Hanover County, Port Waterway and Beach Commission.
When forming Eastern Carolinas Commercial Real Estate, Nicholas, Garry and Bernadette were extremely happy that their clients made the decision to join them as well.
Areas of Expertise: Retail Leasing, Retail Acquisitions/Dispositions, Site Selection, Multifamily, and Land sales.
Degree: Political Science
Designations: CCIM Candidate, ICSC
Awards: Realtor Rising Star Award 2010, Top Producer various years.
Associations: ICSC, RCASENC
Boards: NHC/COW Port Waterway and Beach Commission, Wilmington Young Professionals, Wilmington Young Brokers Council
Volunteering: Coached for Cape Fear Soccer 2008-2012
Kelly Currin Silivanch adds to the support staff at ECCRE after taking some time to raise her and Nicholas’ son Sylas, 2 years old. She helps keep the office organized and running smoothly. Before becoming a mother she worked at a local law firm for five years. Quickly rising through the ranks starting out stuffing envelopes and through an excellent work ethic became the manager of one of the largest departments within the firm.
As manager she had a team of 22 employees. Kelly’s department was responsible for getting the first legal act on record as well as getting notice out to all the defendants within the time frame dictated by the statute and review title work for issues on properties across all of North Carolina. Her team at their peak were working with a file flow of over 1,000 a week.
Kelly is originally from Oxford, NC and moved to the Wilmington area in 2003 to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She graduated from UNCW in December of 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Julie Stephenson joined Eastern Carolinas Commercial Real Estate Firm in September 2014 as Office Manager. In December of 2016 Ms. Stephenson received her Brokers License and is now a Broker with the firm. She is working across the commercial spectrum to find the area of Commercial Real Estate she wants to specialize in.
Working with Team Silivanch from start up has brought her great success. Ms. Stephenson is driven, competitive, and strives getting a deal together. With her high level of enthusiasm, confidence, and productivity she is an asset to this firm.
As a Wilmington native, she has no plan to leave the area. Ms. Stephenson previously served as a law office manager at a local law firm. She has achieved her two certifications in the Paralegal Technology Program at CFCC in Real Property and Civil Litigation. In January 2014, she was appointed for commission as a Notary Public.
In her spare time she enjoys good conversation, photography, volleyball, hunting, and spending quality time outdoors with her Boykin Spaniels and English Pointer.
David Branton joined Eastern Carolinas Commercial Real Estate in June 2016 as a Broker. He moved to Wilmington in 2009 to complete his Bachelor’s in History requirements at UNCW. Upon moving to Wilmington David joined commercial real estate development firm Zimmer Development Company until he made the move to ECCRE. During this time, he learned the intricacies of commercial development, property management and landlord representation with a focus in retail properties. As a broker now, David uses this knowledge to accurately represent the needs and wants of both landlords and tenants.
David is very active in local government as a county Precinct Chairman and Chief Judge for the Board of Elections.
Sarah Joined ECCRE as the Administrative Assistant / Brokers Assistant in the fall of 2018.
John is a Wilmington native who, as a child, was the youngest captain of the youngest crew in the first two legendary Raft Races on the Cape Fear River. John graduated with a BS in History from Lees-McRae College in 1993 where he played soccer and served as student body president. Prior to joining MWM John owned and operated a small restaurant, the Underground Sandwich Shoppe. During that experience he became involved with the Wilmington Downtown, Inc “WDI”, serving in various leadership capacities for the downtown economic development agency.
In 2004, John worked as a real estate appraiser for Bullard & Shackelford in Wilmington. In 2007, John took the post as President/CEO of Wilmington Downtown, Inc after the board requested he apply for the job. During his tenure with the economic development organization, he oversaw nearly $500 million in new development; a strategic planning process and a new marketing plan development and implementation. He also developed a niche for site selection assistance with small businesses assisting over 50 new businesses that opened in downtown during his last 5 years.
John’s focus at ECCRE is general brokerage, urban properties and new business development.
John is married with two children, Ava and Connor. In his spare time, he enjoys travel soccer with his son, recreation soccer & theater with his daughter, the beach, home brewing, riding bikes with his kids and spending time with his wife.