Since Gilbert joined the organization, Historic Wilmington Foundation has developed initiatives to ensure equitable preservation of the city’s built history. One example is a partnership with Giblem Lodge, the second-oldest Black Masonic lodge in North Carolina. This partnership, bolstered by support from various other organizations, recently resulted in a new roof for the Giblem Lodge. Another example is the Preservation Equity Fund, which helps families rehabilitate homes on the city’s demolition-by-neglect list to protect family access to generational wealth and mitigate the effects of gentrification in Wilmington’s historic districts.
NEXT GEN: When he started in the role, Gilbert was the organization’s youngest-ever executive director at age 27.
“We work with everyone from the ‘accidental landlord’ to the sophisticated multifamily investor, so we are able to serve the broad range of needs in our community from both a housing standpoint as well as a management standpoint,” Johnson said. “Our impact has been particularly strong over the last two years as Wilmington has faced a housing crunch because we are the largest single source of single-family rentals in the area.”
CURRENT PROJECTS: Johnson said some of his main priorities are exploring geographic expansion opportunities, expanding the company’s service offerings (such as its new multifamily division), seeking out additional ancillary revenue sources, researching and implementing technology solutions to modernize and streamline the firm’s business model, networking and growing Sweyer Property Management’s reach and influence in the Wilmington business community.
Deciding to major in environmental science was guided by her connection to the land and obligation to protect the earth due to her Native American heritage, she said in a UNCW profile story.
HIGH NOTES: In addition, Jones has appeared on American Idol auditions, performed at the Kennedy Center, and participated in the U.S. Department of State’s American Music Abroad program.
With many years of work with construction companies, Taylor King used her experience to start Taylored Construction Service, a new construction and real estate cleaning and repair service. The business offers cleaning services for builders at the end of a new build and for Realtors, it can work on items prior to a property listing such as hardware work, paint touch-ups, cabinet and drawer inspections, and more.
WHY SHE’S A RISING STAR: Having worked in the real estate and construction industry locally for the past five years, including at Alpha Mortgage Corp., Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations and Guy C. Lee Building Materials in Sneads Ferry, King found a niche for cleaning services within the construction industry.
“Having a sneaker store of my own was a dream. Working with and for the previous owner and establishing a great relationship with Nike and Jordan Brand made it somewhat easy as acquiring accounts with them is very tough,” he said.
“One of the upcoming projects we have in the works is something that we can’t announce yet is with a major brand, but it’s a very exciting time for us to be working on it,” Langston said. “Also we are working on the B Her initiative, where we want women and women of color to be exposed to the footwear industry more.”
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