Kerry Saunders, Executive Vice President & COO

Career Summary:

A part of the NAI Carolantic team for over 25 years, Ms. Saunders was named Vice President of the company in 2012 and was promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer in 2015. In addition to her expanded responsibilities, she continues to direct all aspects of marketing, research and business development for the company. She also oversees the production of NAI Carolantic’s Annual Triangle Commercial Real Estate Conference, including the compilation of the real estate data and production of the final report and DVD to clients and the community.

Ms. Saunders’ initial responsibilities with NAI Carolantic included research and marketing, as well as directing the Annual Conference. Upon obtaining her real estate license, she joined the brokerage team to arrange for the lease and sale of commercial properties. The experience in successfully closing real estate transactions proved invaluable as she later transitioned back in-house to become NAI Carolantic’s Marketing Director.

Prior to joining NAI Carolantic, Ms. Saunders was the Assistant Manager of Economic Development at the Louisville Chamber of Commerce and helped recruit new companies to the region.


Awarded a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Public Relations from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

Professional Affiliations & Organizations

NAI Global: NAI Carolantic has been the Raleigh/Durham office for NAI Global since 1982. This network enables us to assist clients in multi-market expansions or dispositions throughout the world. Ms. Saunders is the NAI Global Business Director for NAI Carolantic and currently serves on the 2018 NAI Global Leadership Board instituting the strategic initiatives of the Executive Leadership Committee. She previously served on the NAI Global Women’s Alliance Committee and has served as NAI Global’s Vice Chair of the Marketing Council.

Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors (TCAR): An organization of licensed commercial real estate brokers, enabling members to advance their education and knowledge of issues impacting commercial real estate on local, state and national levels. Ms. Saunders served as President of TCAR in 2012 and was the second female to do so in 20+ years.

CoreNet Global: CoreNet Global is a dynamic, fully developed global network of professionals who create strategic value for their enterprises by advancing knowledge, connecting people and promoting personal excellence.

Triangle Area Office Building Association (TRAOBA): An organization of commercial real estate brokers primarily focused on exerting a beneficial influence on matters affecting the business. Ms. Saunders previously served on the TRAOBA Board of Directors

Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (TCREW): A founding member, Ms. Saunders served as President for two years and is now the Executive Administrator. TCREW is a member organization of the national group CREW Network.

North Carolina Economic Developers Association: An organization focused on promoting the state to firms looking to expand or relocate. Ms. Saunders has been a member for over 20 years.

Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce: Ms. Saunders currently serves on the Chamber's Executive Committee and is Chair of the Communications Board. She previously served on the Economic Development Committee and Economic Development Marketing Committee.

Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce: Ms. Saunders has served on the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee and continues to be an active member.

North State Bank: Ms. Saunders is a Downtown Raleigh Advisory Board member.


2015 President’s Circle Award: Presented to a Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors (TCAR) member for their continuing success and involvement in the industry and community.

2014 Impact Award: Presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to, or who has had a significant positive influence on the Triangle’s commercial real estate industry. This is the top award presented at the Annual Champion Awards sponsored by Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (TCREW). Ms. Saunders is only the third woman in 16 years to be given the award.

2012 Top 50 Entrepreneurs for the Triangle Region: This award was presented by Business Leader magazine.

2010 William P. Eyerman Award: Presented by the Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors (TCAR) at the Annual Frontier Awards. It is given in recognition for making a significant impact within the commercial real estate industry.

2009 Best Professional Commercial Real Estate Service Award: Presented at the Annual Champion Awards sponsored by Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women. (TCREW) The award is presented to an individual who provides the best professional commercial real estate service, with consideration for industry knowledge, leadership ability, negotiating skills, work ethic and creativity.

1999 Women in Business Award: Presented by the Triangle Business Journal, the award recognizes Triangle women who have proven to be dynamic and outstanding leaders with established track records of significant accomplishments in business and/or community service.

1999 Woman of the Year Award: Presented at the Annual Champion Awards sponsored by Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (TCREW).