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Cody Cress

Cody Cress

Vice President & CRE Advisor
Industrial/Office/Retail/Investment Specialist

Cell: 910.409.8421
Business: 910.805.8569


Cody Cress is Owner of The CRESS Group, LLC, Partner in Carolina Storage Holdings, LLC and Vice President of Brokerage at Coldwell Banker Commercial Sun Coast Partners, LLC. Cody has a diverse background in real estate as an active broker, investor and developer. He specializes in Industrial, Office, Retail and Investment brokerage in Southeast North Carolina and is licensed in both NC and SC.

Since joining CBC Sun Coast in 2007, Cody has successfully closed over 500 transactions including leases, and leases with options; sales involving seller financing, SBA financing, bank-ownership and distress. He has been named the Agent of the Year at CBC Sun Coast Partners consistently since 2010. He is also a two-time (2022-2021) recipient of the Gold Circle of Distinction award from Coldwell Banker Commercial, three-time (2018-2020) recipient of the Silver Circle of Distinction award; top 1% in production in the nation within Coldwell Banker Commercial and a three-time (2015-2017) recipient of the Bronze Circle of Distinction award; top 2% in production in the nation within Coldwell Banker Commercial.

Cody is a native North Carolinian, born and raised in Sanford in the heart of the state. Cody earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University. While in college he worked as a co-operative education student with Nortel-RTP in Facilities Engineering where he managed mechanical and environmental projects and contractors to maintain a million-plus square foot facility.

Upon graduation, Cody joined an environmental consulting firm specializing in air pollution. During this period, he tested air emissions from industrial sources while working under extremely hazardous conditions in a high-pressure environment. He is especially adept at working under pressure. Subsequently, Cody assumed positions as Sales Manager, Director of Engineering, and General Manager for a company that designed, manufactured and distributed air sampling instruments. Cody traveled to SE Asia, Europe and other foreign countries to manage and train distributors and customers in the use of air testing instruments. His success was measured by a significant increase in sales and profits for this company. Cody’s strength is to look at a company from a broad perspective while analyzing every aspect of the business from operations to sales to finance.

Cody’s technical expertise and analytical skills and diverse background in real estate as an active broker, investor and developer contribute to the goals and needs of his client. His broad experience and knowledge has prepared him to work with a variety of business and property types. However, Cody has a particular interest in industrial, office and investment properties. This background and specialization have provided his clients’ with superior service and has resulted in efficient and successful transactions. Cody began investing in real estate in 1996 and received a license as a building contractor in 1999. 

Cody is involved with several organizations both professionally and personally including the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the NC Certified Commercial Investment Membership (NC-CCIM), the Cape Fear BMW Motorcycle Riders Association, the USTA and Greater Wilmington Tennis Association. He lives in Wilmington with his wife, Lori, and children, Callie and Chloe and pit bull rescue, Loni.


Bachelor of Science, Environmental Engineering, NCSU, 1994
Coldwell Banker Commercial (EBT) Graduate

Organizations, Experience & Accomplishments

Member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Member of NC Chapter – Certified Commercial Investment Membership (CCIM)
Member of the United State Tennis Association (USTA)North Carolina Real Estate License Number 252916

South Carolina Real Estate License Number 73993