Meet The Team

Vance Young

Vance Bondurant Young, a native of Wilson, NC, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in history. Upon graduation, Vance joined Merrill Lynch as a licensed financial consultant, receiving his training in Manhattan and later at the Princeton Corporate Campus. In his first year of production, he was honored by being included in Merrill Lynch's Executive Circle.

In 1988, Vance pursued a lifelong dream of moving to Wilmington and joined the emerging sales team at Landfall, a gated 2,200 acre community located on the Intracoastal Waterway within biking distance of Wrightsville Beach. Vance and his wife, Porter Eskridge, built their home in Landfall and enjoy raising their three children in this beautiful community featuring 45 holes of golf by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus as well as one of the finest sports centers (including grass tennis courts) designed by Landfall resident Cliff Drysdale.

In March of 2000, Vance joined the sales team of Intracoastal Realty. With over 400 agents and nearly $1.2 billion in production, Intracoastal is the area's market leader - particularly in the high-end markets of Landfall, Figure Eight Island and Wrightsville Beach. Vance and his team are consistently recognized as the area's leading real estate group in terms of production.

Vance enjoys his relationships with his clients, as well as the thrill of meeting new people and finding just the right property for them. Specializing in waterfront properties in the coastal communities of Landfall, Figure Eight and Wrightsville Beach; his clientele include current and former CEO's and families from the major metropolitan markets of Washington, New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.

 



Maureen Robison

Born and educated in the Philadelphia area, Maureen graduated from St. Joseph's and Villanova University and taught school in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Soon after, the "corporate life" led Maureen and her family around the east to Wilmington, DE; Virginia Beach, VA; Pittsburgh, PA and Wilton, CT. After settling in to Connecticut - and by now familiar to the process of buying and selling houses, Maureen was drawn to real estate.

Maureen Magee Robison listed and sold residential real estate in Fairfield County, Connecticut for fourteen years. Throughout that time, Maureen held several leadership positions on the local and state Board of Realtors. In 1993, Maureen was named Realtor of the Year.

Once settled in Wilmington, Maureen missed the energy and activity of real estate and asked to join Vance's team in 2003. Since that time, Maureen has learned about coastal living and enjoys being part of a successful team.

 



Jill Ibrahim

Growing up in Wilmington, Jillian couldn’t think of a better way to show off the city she loves than helping others find homes in neighborhoods as special as the one she grew up in. Jillian was fortunate to begin working in the Real Estate corporate world as a high school student. She learned the ins-and-outs of the business from a young age surrounded by the very best professionals.

With a vast knowledge of this beautiful coastal city Jillian has continued to work at Intracoastal Realty on a top producing team. Her willingness to help everyone she meets, her strong work ethic, and her appreciation for the Port City makes Jillian the perfect agent to help you find your dream home.

 

 

 



Dave McCall

I am a native of east Tennessee and moved to Wilmington as a college student to attend UNCW where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology. After graduating I pursued my passion for the sea as a custom boat builder in Wilmington. The yacht industry lead me to the Caribbean where I worked as a charter captain and sailing instructor and eventually opened yacht brokerages in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Prior to returning to Wilmington, I lived in Florida where I applied my sales experience to the real estate industry working as a residential agent for a leading independent firm for several years.

My business philosophy is based on the belief that face to face interaction with my clients is essential as it provides me with a clear understanding of their needs and preferences. With this information I am able to maximize my efforts towards achieving my client's goals. Communication, integrity and market knowledge when combined with a high level of personal service creates mutual trust and respect and this leads to a successful transaction with happy faces at the closing table!

I believe in giving back to the collective good and have volunteered my time and energy to Habitat for Humanity, Lake Watch of Florida and the Nature Conservancy. My free time activities include playing music, creating original paintings and enjoying the great outdoors where nature never fails to inspire me.

 



Arch Ellis

Born in Wilson, NC and graduated from NCSU in 1986 with a degree in Agriculture. I lived in Wilson and ran my family farm until 2000 when My wife and I, and our 2 sons moved to Wilmington. I have had my real estate license since 1985. I worked for First Wilson Properties in Wilson before moving and joining Vance Youngs' team at Intracoastal. Vance and I have been lifelong friends so it has been great working together in Wilmington.

I also owned and opperated a Construction company in Wilmington. We built many houses in the area from starter homes up to $2,000,000 spec homes. My experience in building is a great advantage to customers when looking at homes to purchase.

I look forward to the opportunity to assist in finding your new home.

 



Michael Spruill

Michael Spruill was raised in Greenville, NC and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from East Carolina University.  After college, Michael moved to Los Angeles, CA and obtained his CA real estate license in 2013.

Upon relocating to Wrightsville Beach, NC, Michael received his NC real estate license and now focuses on residential real estate in the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach area closer to friends and family.

 

 

 

 



Sounia Chaney

Sounia Nejad Chaney, licensed broker/Realtor, has a master’s degree in information systems from George Washington University.

She has lived in the Washington, D.C. area, and most recently, Vail, Colorado. Sounia traded her skis of Vail for the surfboards of North Carolina when she, her husband, and their four children moved to Wrightsville Beach to be near her mother and her brother and his family. For Sounia and her family, the Wilmington area seems to have it all -- history, cultural events, great eateries, wonderful weather, and the beautiful beaches!

Sounia’s spirit of volunteerism runs deep as she serves on the PTA and helps at the Salvation Army. She is especially fond of the Rotary Club and feels indebted to them for giving her oldest son the opportunity to study in Italy for a year.

Sounia thrives in making positive connections for people around her. She hopes that her outgoing and positive personality combined with perseverance, ethical standards, and commitment to excellence will provide her clients with top notch opportunities.

 



Linda Franklin

Linda comes to the Vance Young Team after 4 years in general brokerage. While growing up in Eastern North Carolina, Linda and her family spent their summer vacations at her great uncle's apartment hotel on the south end of Wrightsville Beach, so her roots go pretty deep here in spite of stints living in the Midwest and Europe. Linda is a St. Mary's, UNC-CH and Wake Forest Law School graduate.

Linda and her husband Gus (a Duke graduate!) and West Highland Terrier, Fanny Franklin, enjoy living in Landfall on the lake of the Nicklaus Ocean #1. From there they love to walk over to The "Nick" for a practice, a round of golf or a great meal at the Nicklaus Clubhouse. When not working as a broker, she enjoys serving on the Board of Directors of the Country Club of Landfall and the Landfall Foundation Grants Committee as well as a round of golf when she can work it in.

 



Gus Franklin

Gus spent 30 years with the Dana Corporation where he was President of Dana Europe located in Lausanne, Switzerland for 4 years and later President of Dana International for 7 years. While there he was on the boards of the Dana joint ventures in India, Taiwan, Mexico and Venezuela. In addition, Gus was responsible for Global Sourcing, Strategic Planning and Executive Development. Most recently Gus was a manufacturer’s representative for the Fersa Group out of Spain and the Tata Automotive Components Group out of India.

Gus was born in New Haven, CT when his father was coaching football at Yale University. During his grade school years his father coached at the University of Nebraska, Houston University and Southern Methodist University. Gus attended high school at Housatonic in Falls Village, CT when his father was coaching football and was Dean at the Kent School. Gus holds an undergraduate degree in management science from Duke University where he attended on an NROTC scholarship. He also holds an MBA from the University of Rhode Island and he attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program, AMP 104. Gus has recently published a book on leadership, “Afraid To Win”.

He has two married children, a son in San Francisco who has 2 daughters and works for Amazon and a daughter in San Francisco who has twin daughters and is a design engineer with Google. Gus’s wife Linda also works with Intracoastal Realty and they are on the Vance Young team together. They have owned a place in Wilmington since 1993, first on Wrightsville Beach then moved in 2005 to Landfall and recently moved back to Wrightsville Beach. Gus is a member of the Country Club of Landfall and the Cameron Executive Network of UNCW.

Gus is focused on helping people from the Midwest and East Coast learn about the charms of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach so they will want to come live here as much as he and Linda did. Gus has lived all over the US including California, Texas, Nebraska, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington DC. Having moved over 28 times in his life he brings a level of experience that can help with the transition to living in Wilmington.

An avid golfer, Gus has played courses all over the world, but he finds no better golf than right here in the Greater Wilmington area.

 



Donna Waller

In 2013 after 25 years in Raleigh NC, Donna along with her husband Jeff, decided it was time to begin the next phase of their journey as “empty nesters” and head to the coast to make Landfall their home. With golf, tennis, and the beach at their fingers tips, it was an easy decision. After many years splitting time between working and raising her three girls, Donna looked forward to the time she would spend painting and exploring her artistic gifts.

They realized along their journey that a detour would be taken. Shortly after moving to Wilmington, Donna, and her husband Jeff, would discover it was time to move his parents (Donna fondly refers to as her “grandchildren”) from Northern VA to NC after 50+ years to be closer to family. Donna quickly took to the process of selling their home while finding them the perfect house they could claim as their home. Donna was able to support and guide them through the emotional journey so natural and effortlessly every step of the way.

With the encouragement of so many friends and family, she decided to continue her journey in real estate and joined The Vance Young Team. Donna looks forward to using her years of experience helping others. She hopes to improve the process of buying, selling, or even relocating a "home" whether it be across the street or across the globe.

Although you may see Donna in this new-but-natural element, you will certainly still see her on the tennis courts and on the links trying to improve her game, or tending to her hobbies of gardening, cooking or boating. You may even find her picking up her paint brush should the weather keep her indoors. She will always take the time for family and friends and to enjoy the peace that comes from living at the beach.

“Work and live to serve others, leave the world a little better than you found it and garner for yourself as much peace of mind as you can. This is happiness.” ~ David Sarnoff, Founder of NBC

 



Max Smith

A Wrightsville beach local, Max Smith has always had a love for the ocean and for surfing. His passion for chasing waves eventually led him to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Global Studies degree in 2016.

Max has since returned home to pursue a career as a real estate agent with Intracoastal Realty on the Vance Young Team. His local knowledge and excitement for real estate gives him an excellent eye for the market, while the importance he places on respect, honesty, and hard work makes him a pleasure to work with.

 

 

 



RP Holding

Robert Powell Holding III is a native of Smithfield, North Carolina.  He graduated from N.B. Broughton High School and attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Robert worked for many years in the Raleigh area in commercial and residential real estate and has had his real estate Broker's license for over 30 years.  He designed and built several residential subdivisions and commercial developments in the Triangle.
 
After having a vacation home in Wilmington since l986, he and his wife, Pam, decided to make their permanent residence in Landfall in 2002.  Robert enjoys fishing, hunting, walks on the beach with Pam, boating and spending fun days with his six grandchildren when they come for a visit.  Robert and Pam have a son, Bob, who resides in Seattle and a daughter, Amy, who lives in Sydney, Australia.
 
In 2014 Robert joined the area's premiere Real Estate company, Intracoastal Realty, as a member of the Vance Young sales team.  He enjoys sharing all the things that make this area a fantastic place to live with clients who are new to the area as well as with old friends who are looking a vacation home on one of our beautiful beaches or a possible retirement destination!  Along with the natural beauty of our city bordered by the sea with numerous golf courses, great shopping and an enchanted historical district, it is exciting to share one of the East Coast's best kept secrets with anyone looking a place to call home!

 



 

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