MODERN HOSPITALITY & VACATION RENTAL MANAGEMENT
At Carolina Retreats, we believe a vacation should be more than just a place to stay and technology cannot replace people when it comes to hospitality. Ever since our founding, Carolina Retreats and our affiliate brands have earned an impeccable reputation on an unwavering commitment to our clients, guests, employees and the communities we serve. Our singular focus has been on creating unforgettable, authentic experiences for our valued guests, and protecting our client's hard-earned assets while maximizing their income and occupancy potential.
We exist because of our homeowners, guests and team members.
Just because that is how things have always been done, doesn't mean it's right.
Focus on doing the right things, for the people we serve, no matter what.
Do what others won't today, so you can do what others can't tomorrow.
Owner & CEO
Carolina Retreats is led by Owner & CEO, Mike Harrington. Mike has close to 15 years of experience in executive management at some of the largest and most well respected vacation rental and real estate firms on the coast of North Carolina. Before establishing Carolina Retreats in 2015 with the acquisitions of Topsail Realty on Topsail Island and Blue Water Realty on Carolina Beach, he was the CEO at Resort Realty on the Outer Banks. There he oversaw the daily operations, marketing, and growth strategy of close to 600 vacation rental properties, five offices, and more than 100 full time employees and Real Estate agents.
Mike is the Past-President and Board Member of the Vacation Rental Manager's Association (VRMA), the oldest and largest trade association in the vacation rental industry, as well as Past-President for the North Carolina Vacation Rental Manager's Association (NCVRMA). He is frequently asked to speak at seminars and conferences on the latest vacation rental management trends in marketing, operations, and strategy. He holds a MBA from East Carolina University, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and serves as an Advisory Board member for East Carolina's School of Hospitality Leadership. He resides in Wilmington with his wife Holly, and their three children, Jordan, Vance, and Emery.
Vice President & COO
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.
CFO/CPA, Hutchins Canning & Co.
Sarah has been with Carolina Retreats since inception and acts as the company's primary CPA, overseeing the firm's financial objectives. Sarah and her team at Hutchings Canning & Co. PA have a wealth of experience with North Carolina vacation rental property management and real estate accounting principles and regulations, keeping Carolina Retreats compliant with complex trust accounting rules of the NC Real Estate Commission, which allows the company to focus on service first for their homeowners and guests.
Sarah is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA), and was the Corresponding Secretary for the Virginia Dare Business & Professional Women's Club. She is a two time graduate of East Carolina University, holding a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Accounting. Sarah and her husband, Iain, live in Kitty Hawk, NC with their daughter Oliva.