Brad Calloway was born and raised in Raeford, North Carolina. He has a beautiful wife named Brandi and two wonderful children, Payton and Cooper. He is a third-generation owner of Raeford Hardware. When the store was first purchased by his grandfather and father in 1973, it was approximately 2,000 square feet. His father expanded the building 3 separate times increasing the square footage to about 7,000 square feet. Brad has followed in their footsteps by purchasing the store from his father in 2012 and expanding the building to about 10,000 square feet. He has also completely remodeled 8, 000 square feet above the store preserving many of the original features from the building; keeping the hometown vibe.
“I think it is very important to keep downtown Raeford thriving. This community is very important to my family; we try to be very involved in community activities. I want to bring more people to our downtown area so they can see the wonderful opportunities, small businesses, and warm atmosphere that are present.”
Kurt Posey moved from Florida eleven years ago. He is the Executive Vice President/Director/Trustee of Sun Path Products. He has five children, four daughters and one son. He has lived and worked in downtown Raeford for eleven years. He is a member of Kiwanis and the Fall Festival Board. He is also heavily involved with the Chamber of Commerce. In 2016, he was voted Employee of the Year for the Chamber of Commerce as well as 2017-2018 Citizen of the Year for Kiwanis.
“I have adopted Raeford, North Carolina as my home city. I enjoy the people and sense of community.”
James F. Baker, CPA PA is a family-owned and -operated business that has over 45 years of experience when it comes to helping our clients have peace of mind and financial clarity.
Mr. Baker and his son, Douglas Baker, operate the firm in Raeford, NC. Mr. Baker obtained his CPA license back in 1968, and he then opened the doors to his firm in Raeford, NC in 1981. He is the longest tenured CPA in Raeford and all of Hoke County.
Shelley Wilburn is the Owner/Operator of Wilburn Lofts Meeting & Event Center. Shelley has lived and worked in Raeford since 1998. She and her husband, Steve, live in the loft above their Main Street business. Shelley is a staunch advocate for downtown living. She believes we must maintain vibrancy in the city’s core to nurture economic stability. She works diligently to ensure its’ viability. Her grandchildren love spending time in the loft. The large windows give them a bird’s eye view of Main Street and the busy street below keeping them entertained for hours.
“They don’t build towns like ours anymore. Raeford has industry, schools, churches, shops, restaurants, parks, and walkable sidewalks, within the city limits. Our downtown still functions as a Live-work-play community. It is low-stress living at its finest. You can start out as an apartment renter, grow your family and move into a house, then eventually downsize to complete the circle of life.”
Shelley’s Motto: “Work hard, play hard.”
As a life long resident of Hoke County, I graduated Hoke High School in 1987. Following graduation I attended Fayetteville Community College. My career in the
public sector began with a facility management position with the County of Hoke. Over my 25 year career there I served in various capacities ranging the full
spectrum of local government services to include IT services, building inspections, fleet management, etc.
During my last 8 years with Hoke several departments were consolidated and I was promoted to Public Works Director. The major functions in this capacity included
managing the water/sewer department, facility and construction management.
Feeling it was time for a change, I applied for the Raeford City Manager position and subsequently was hired in 2014. Currently I serve as Past President of Kiwanis, member of the Raeford/Hoke Economic Development Commission, Children’s Developmental Center and Downtown Raeford Business Association.
Megan has worked in dentistry prior to overseeing marketing at Raeford Hardware. She moved to Raeford 8 years ago with her husband, Ryan, who serves in the United States Army. Megan and Ryan love the hometown charm that Raeford has to offer.
“Working here has given me an opportunity to really see the City of Raeford and makes me love it even more. I think it is so important for people to shop local and support small businesses. Being apart of something that could help other businesses succeed and show support along the way is a great opportunity and privilege. Downtown Raeford is truly amazing, and I can’t wait to see this town grow.”
David is the owner and operator of Home Food Market, Inc. He is the fourth generation to take on the task of running the family business located in the heart of historic downtown Raeford. Taking pride in what he does at Home Food Market, he strives to provide quality products and service to every customer. Fresh cut meats from the butcher shop, locally grown produce from various family farms, and numerous North Carolina specialty items line the shelves of the market side. David also operates a feed, seed, and garden center. Their motto is: “If it eats, then we feed it!”
David chose to make Raeford his home for himself and family. He is happily married with three beautiful children.
“Raeford is a growing environment with an abundance of great opportunity on the horizon. I grew up supporting local business and it has definitely shaped the way I see the future of Raeford to continue to grow. Shopping local not only helps local business owners but it helps strengthen the local economy which is beneficial for the entirety of Raeford as a whole. Together we can continue making Raeford a wonderful place to live. So, stop what you’re doing, come downtown and see what’s new in historic downtown Raeford!”
Paul was a young Entrepreneur when he moved to Raeford in 1997. He continued his education and began working at Womack hospital in the electronic field. Not long after leaving Womack hospital, he met the love of his life, Jacqueline Thompson. He and Jacqueline work together to help build a better downtown Raeford.
“We are excited about being centrally located in the Page Trust Building. It holds a lot of history for Hoke county. We are first-generation business owners in the downtown Raeford area. We hope to build a lasting Legacy for generations to come.”
Will Wright is the Director of Raeford/Hoke Economic Development and the owner of W.J. Wright Realty Co. located on Oakwood Ave. in downtown Raeford. Will is a native of Hoke County and an Elder at Bethel Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Hoke County High School. He has a degree in Business and Accountancy from Wake Forest University. After graduating from Wake Forest he worked as a CPA for the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche. While at Deloitte he specialized in the audit of financial institutions. Based out of the Winston-Salem office, his international client base took him for extended assignments in Boston MA, Almaty Kazakhstan, and Budapest Hungary.
He was drawn back to Hoke County to be closer to his family and the growing opportunities in the local real estate market. Working first with his grandfather at J.H. Wright Realty and later at his own firm W.J. Wright Realty he learned how “sell” the local community to new businesses and potential residents. After serving on the Raeford/Hoke Economic Development Board for several years he realized the economic development position was the perfect place for his business and real estate skills to come together. He has a vested interest in seeing Raeford and Hoke County grow and prosper. In his free time Will enjoys reading, spoiling his niece and nephews, and piloting his plane to the coast where he captains the family fishing boat.
Mr. Fields is an attorney and senior partner with the Raeford law firm of Willcox, McFadyen, Fields & Sutherland. The firm, the oldest law firm in Hoke County, has three attorneys and seven support staff. Mr. Fields graduated from Appalachian State University in 1989 with a bachelor of arts in economics. He received his juris doctorate from Campbell University School of Law in 1992. Mr. Fields has served as Hoke County attorney, City of Raeford attorney, and bar president for Judicial District 16A. He represents several corporate clients in Hoke County. He lives in Raeford with his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Clair.