Growing up on a North Carolina farm in Robeson County, William Barker moved to Raleigh in 1973 to attend N.C. State University. He began real estate sales in 1979, and founded Barker Realty in 1984 as an investment and property management real estate company. William Barker began selling real estate in the Raleigh area in 1979 with Bacon and Company. In 1989, William began building custom homes under William T. Barker Construction. He later formed Barker and Lovette Construction Company, specializing in commercial building renovations and fit-ups. Over this time period, William has also been involved as managing partner in several companies specializing in land development. He has served on the NC Building Code Committee, is a member of the Wake County Home Builders Association, the National HBA, and the Raleigh Board of Realtors
Cindy Minion grew up the daughter of a South Carolina home builder and developer and has literally been in the real estate business all of her life. When she was too old to tag along on job sites, she began working summers and afternoons in the family business. After college, Cindy worked with a resort condominium developer in the development and construction department, designing and building resort condominiums along the east and Gulf coasts. After moving to North Carolina in 1987, Cindy obtained her NC Real Estate License and sold real estate with York Properties, specializing in the Cary and Apex area. In 1994, Cindy joined Barker Realty as Office Manager. Since that time, she has received her Broker’s License and now oversees all activities as Broker-in-Charge.
Marybeth Neblett grew up in New England as the only daughter in a family of nine children; she learned early on what it meant to be a team player! She moved to North Carolina with her husband and two children in 1992. Marybeth has over 30 years of experience working in almost every discipline a company might have – engineering, marketing and sales, finance, administration – as well as working as an independent consultant doing New Product Development for major Fortune 500 companies. Marybeth understands the complexities of running a business! She is a licensed NC Real Estate Broker. Marybeth has been with Barker Realty since January 1997 when she joined the company as the Leasing Property Manager. In January 2000, she was promoted to the Director of Property Management, overseeing Leasing and Maintenance. In 2006 she moved into the newly created role of Director of Fiscal Management. As such she oversees the accounting and risk management functions for Barker Realty, Inc., Barker Property Maintenance Co., Barker & Lovette General Contractors, and W.T. Barker Construction. She is currently pursuing a Certified Residential Management Bookkeeper Certification through NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Management). When not working, she enjoys reading, singing on her church’s Worship Team, and spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren!
Debbie joined the Barker team in 2015 and provides a bright and cheerful welcome to anyone who walks in the door at Barker Realty. Debbie can be found greeting customers, answering the phone, and helping residents. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Communications from North Carolina State University where she was also a member of the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball team. Prior to raising two beautiful daughters, she worked in television, and then Industrial Advertising, preparing technical manuals, catalogs, trade show materials, and working at booths at the large industry shows.
Debbie has also worked part time for several years in direct sales of her own needlework and jewelry designs, as well as another jewelry line. She has a passion for all things handmade, and “sparkly”, and very much enjoys designing and working with color. Debbie also serves as a vocalist on the worship team at her church and is originally from Kingsport, Tennessee.
Karen Chronister joined Barker Realty, Inc. in February 2003 as our Front Desk Receptionist. She was enrolled in the Secretarial Executive Program at Fayetteville Technical Community College in her youth. Karen’s work experience includes over 20 years of Receptionist/Administration duties in a variety of fields including medical, hospitality, and insurance. Karen’s career path has always centered around interpersonal relations and a strong willingness to help others. Her son is a NCSU graduate of the Computer Science Department and will continue into the Master’s Program. In her free time, Karen enjoys the mountains, dancing, and collecting magnets.
Taylor graduated from N C State in 2003 with a degree in Film/Multi Disciplinary Studies. After college she moved to Wilmington, where she worked as an administrative assistant for a real estate sales office and then as leasing agent for a rental office. In 2009, Taylor moved back to Raleigh and joined Barker Realty. She enjoys the creative side of marketing and advertising, and keeping in touch with current market conditions. Taylor is married and enjoys dancing and trying new recipes!
Chris graduated from North Carolina State University in 2010 with a degree in Business Finance. After college, he went to work for his family helping to manage and expand their residential portfolio in the Raleigh area. In May of 2016, Chris joined Barker Realty as a leasing agent and by October had moved his way up to Commercial Property Manager. In his spare time you can find Chris spending time at the beach, trying out new restaurants, or at an NC State sporting event supporting his Wolfpack.
Renee’ Johnson joined Barker in November 2014. Renee’ has lived in the triangle area for over 30 years. 18 on those years were spent establishing her real estate career. She obtained her real estate license in 1997 and began her career in real estate sales. In 2001 Renee’ began specializing in property management. Her experience includes traditional housing, student housing, and military housing. Renee’ is also a Certified Apartment Manager and a Certified Pool Operator. She is currently working on her Residential Property Manager designation. Renee’ spends her free time with her husband, pets, family, and friends. When not at work she enjoys outdoor activities and writing novels.
Meredith joined the Barker team in February 2012. She has a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Meredith College, a Master of Arts in Christian Education, and has over 10 years of experience in a variety of professional settings. Her training in design and her past experiences have allowed Meredith to bring a fresh perspective to the Barker marketing team. Meredith is the Marketing Specialist for Barker Realty, Barker Property Maintenance, and The Barker Construction Group where her role includes print material design, brand implementation, web design, project photography, and marketing campaigns. Meredith has a love of travel and has traveled through Europe and Africa. These travel experiences have taught her that creativity, being patient, and flexibility goes a long way in any situation. Meredith also enjoys cooking with her husband Chris, spending time with their new baby boy, painting, and serving with her church.
Justine McDougald joined Barker Realty in January 2016 as the Administrative Assistant to the Property Manager, Traditional Portfolio. She comes with 20 years of experience as an Executive Assistant in the construction field, highway construction and private sector. Justine, along with her daughter relocated to Raleigh, NC from Stratford, CT in December 2007. She enjoys music, singing, and volunteers where she attends church with the Women’s Ministry. Hobbies include home decorating and renovations.
BILL NORTH Property Manager, Affordable Housing Portfolio
Bill is a native of Mississippi, relocating to Wilmington in 1989 and to Raleigh in 1996. He has been involved in Property Management since 1985, after a career in the Hospitality Industry managing restaurants in S. Louisana. He is a Vietnam Veteran serving in the U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1976. Bill attended school at the University of Hawaii and Louisiana State University. When not working, Bill enjoys home improvement projects and cooking. Bill is a licensed NC Real Estate Broker.
Kim grew up in Raleigh after moving from Indiana at age 5. She received a BS in Psychology from Appalachian State University. After graduating, she lived in Jacksonville, NC for three years before returning to the Raleigh area. She worked in the construction and property management field as an office manager for two and a half years before joining Barker Realty in April of 2006.
RODNA SHONTZ Property Manager, Traditional Portfolio
Rodna has worked in various administrative positions ranging from non-profit to commercial and residential construction. She is a North Carolina local that joined Barker Realty, Inc. in 2008 as an assistant. Currently working as a property manager allows her the ability to help others, the most rewarding aspect of her job. Rodna is a Broker licensed in NC..
A Raleigh native, Mr. Zevenhuizen attended both the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Chapel Hill. A licensed real estate broker in North Carolina since 2000, his career has encompassed construction, renovation and development of commercial, industrial, historical and multi-family properties in the Research Triangle area. His current focus is in sales (Commercial and Residential) and leasing (Commercial). He enjoys serving his community through civic and charitable causes. He is married with two daughters.
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Barker Realty, Inc. | 1401 Sunday Drive, Suite 113, Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-859-0044 | Fax: 919-859-6361