Meet Our Staff

The Margaret Rudd & Associates Family


Management Team

Margaret Rudd Bishop, Founder & President

S. R. "Buddy" Rudd, Jr., Vice President

Karen Rudd Brake, Property Management Director



Susan Gillooly, Accounting Manager
Lisa Richardson, Accounting Specialist

With a background in administrative operations and customer service, Lisa brings a thorough and diligent work ethic to our Accounting department. She fondly remembers the days of a quiet and non-commercial Myrtle Beach and finds that Southport-Oak Island is very reminiscent of her youth. She loves the area for its family-oriented nature and for the fact that it reminds her of a time when things were simpler. (If you're looking for the perfect place to take your kayak for a few hours on the water then Lisa is your expert as its her very favorite pasttime.)


Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC

Employed with Rudd: 4 years and 9 months

Fave Area Restaurant: The Fish House at the Marina in West Beach, Oak Island NC

Fave Local Event: 4th of July Festival, there's so much to do and the fireworks are amazing!

Lisa's Rudd Advantage: Rudd is outstanding in its willingness to make tenants extremely pleased and comfortable during their stay. The company's after hours responsiveness and eagerness to assist guests is superior. Being open 7 days per week means that we are able to resolve issues on Sundays when other companies remain closed. We give our property owners more than 100% on many levels. We strive to exceed property management expectations in all areas and are extremely approachable should they have concerns or questions.


Customer Service

  Cecile Kelly  
Tracy Williams, Reservation Specialist

Tracy hails from a small town in North Carolina where you'll find only one caution light. She attended college at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC and brings an honesty to her position as a member of our reservations team extraordinaire! She loves living in the Southport-Oak Island area because of the people and the gorgeous scenery. (If you want to know where the locals are buying their fresh local produce or which one of the area boutiques you should see during your visit, then Tracy is your gal for all things shopping!)


Hometown: Rhodhiss, NC

Employed with Rudd: 4 years this June

Fave Area Restaurant: Pepperoni Grill, Oak Island NC & Boiling Spring Lakes NC

Fave Local Event: Beach Day in Oak Island, NC 

Tracy's Rudd Advantage: I enjoy working for Rudd because they are honest people and they have a deep love for the community.

  Ginger Davenport     Ashley Cummings, Reservations Since relocating to the area from Atlanta in 2005, Ashley has worked in the hospitality industry and spent many years specifically on Bald Head Island.    Hometown: Atlanta, GA Employed with Rudd: 5 months Fave Area Restaurant: Turtle Island, Oak Island NC (She's also worked there for 6 years!) Fave Local Event: Summer Concerts in Middleton Park on Oak Island


Carla Clark, Maintenance Coordinator
As a true Southport local, Carla has always loved the small town atmosphere of this area. With a 30-year career in the building industry, her local knowledge and experience with Brunswick County NC builders and maintenance vendors is unmatched. She works carefully and attentively with property owners to maintain and/or update their real estate investment properties. (For great suggestions on local fishing or walking spots, simply reach out for her advice.)


Hometown: Southport, NC

Employed with Rudd: 13 years

Fave Area Restaurant: Island Way, Oak Island NC or Provision Company, Southport NC

Fave Local Event: US Open King Mackerel Tournament

Carla's Rudd Advantage: Rudd truly values its relationships, with both its property owners and guests. They try, in all aspects, to view the rental properties as if they belong to them and it makes a difference in how they approach the business.

Jada Atkinson, Maintenance & Housekeeping Specialist

As a Rudd "newbie", Jada has fully emersed herself in all operations. Her willingness to step up and assist her coworkers no matter the task goes unrivaled. In her own words, she "does what needs to be done to make everyone's day run smoother" and we couldn't agree more! When she moved to the area at the age of 13, it was love at first sight! She enjoys living at the beach and the rich history of Southport and Oak Island. (Be sure to ask her where the best spots are for flounder gigging or shelling. You never know, she may just join you!)


Hometown: Freeport, Bahamas (Moved to Southport in 1983)

Employed with Rudd: 7 months

Fave Area Restaurant: Dry Street Pub & Pizza, Southport NC

Fave Local Event: 4th of July Festival, I love the fireworks and the crafts!

Jada's Rudd Advantage: Rudd has been a stronghold in this community for many years. Compared with our competitors, we've been here the longest and have a long-standing great reputation locally as well as with our property owners all across the country. We strive to keep our guests happy, and we go above and beyond to make sure their stay is memorable and comfortable.

  Marcus Whitehurst   Mike Lukacz



Karri Bender


Dana Willis


Long Term Rentals

Nicole Tedford



Marketing / IT

Jessica Fuller, Digital Content & Marketing Specialist

With just 2 years under her belt at Rudd, Jessica brings a creativity and fresh approach to managing the digital content of Margaret Rudd's Rentals Department. She manages the daily marketing operations of the department through social media and website management, guest and property owner communications, the coordination of property photography, and print and digital advertising. When she's not coordinating the school book fair, she enjoys spending time with her kids along the shores of Caswell Beach or taking a day trip with them to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. (If you're looking for fun during your stay, Jessica suggests a family-friendly trip to Surf Cinemas for wonderful movies at great prices or a paint night at Pescado Y Amor for a ladies' night out!)


Hometown: Hampstead, NC

Employed with Rudd: 2 years

Fave Area Restaurant: Southport Smokehouse, Southport NC

Fave Local Event: Southport Spring Festival. There are so many vendors and it's a great way to get your kids excited about nature and taking care of the environment.

Jessica's Rudd Advantage: The entire Rudd company family is close knit. They not only care for each other but that devotion extends further to our sales clients, property owners and tenants. They truly want the best for everyone and it shows by the attention they give each individual situation. The approach they take with regard to being champions for our local communities, local residents, visitors/guests, property owners who live elsewhere and the buyers looking to relocate is well-balanced, experienced and genuine.

Landon King, Systems Administrator

Since 2009, Landon has worked in Systems Adminstration  for the Real Estate industry. Well-versed in computer science and certified in CompTIA+ and A+, Landon handles the administration for all of Rudd's office technology systems, serves as the on-call tech for AV and internet support in our rental properites, and provides tech support to all of our agents in the Sales Department. According to Landon, our ara is just a pleasant place to be. He appreciates that it's not ritzy like the Wilmington NC beaches or commercialized like the Myrtle Beach SC area. He enjoys a round of golf when he's not spending quality time with his little girl on the beach.


Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Employment with Rudd: 5 years in August

Fave Area Restaurant: Old Bridge Diner, Oak Island NC

Fave Local Event: US Open King Mackerel Tournament

Landon's Rudd Advantage: Rudd is a long-standing family-owned and -operated business. We know the ara better than everyone and have a great team with ever improving capabilities.