About Us

Home Building. COmmunity Building. Wealth Building.

Our Crew

Meet our development dream team.

Brian McCorkle

Brian McCorkle

Founder & President

Brian was born in Central Indiana and spent time in his younger years living in Indiana, Michigan, and North Carolina. He developed a strong work ethic early in life, watching his parents, Ernie & Pat, strive to do the absolute best they could for their family. His parents’ hard work, sacrifice and perseverance pushed them to chase every opportunity imaginable, and those same core values were naturally instilled in their four children. 

Brian’s interests in business and finance led him to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After graduating with honors from the Cameron School of Business in 2002, Brian embarked on his career, where he enjoyed the real estate boom from 2002-2007, and subsequently sold a successful real estate portfolio to his business partner in 2007.

After the financial crash of 2007-2008, Brian knew he would need to adapt and evolve in order to grow a successful real estate business. Not missing a beat, he re-invented how he conducted his real estate business, putting more focus on buying cash flow positive investments to build his portfolio. After many years of learning and growing from mistakes made along the way, Brian founded Port City Capital, LLC, and proceeded to grow it into the full-scale development company that he continues to run and own today.

As Brian’s career continued to grow and evolve, he became an international entrepreneur and owner of multiple businesses. Brian currently lives in Mexico City, Mexico, where he runs multiple global businesses that specialize in meat trading, livestock trading and real estate development.

Jillian C.S. Blanchard is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina and licensed to practice law in both North and South Carolina. 

She attended The University of South Carolina, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Southern Studies. Thereafter, she attended The University of South Carolina School of Law, where she served as a Production Editor for the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal, a member of the Pro Bono Board and Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, and President of the Christian Legal Society.

Jillian’s legal practice is focused on construction, development, real property and business, serving as outside general counsel for businesses in the construction, development and real estate industries. She has been recognized by the New Hanover County Bar Association and the Wilmington Office of Legal Aid North Carolina for her pro bono services, and enjoys being an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association, where she currently serves as a Council Member of the Construction Law Section, as well as the Chair of the Section’s Communications Committee.

Jillian is a lover of the great outdoors who enjoys hunting, fishing and horseback riding. In her spare time, you can usually find her at the stables with her husband and her horse Louie. She is also a diehard SEC college football fan, who never misses a South Carolina Gamecocks game.

Jillian C.S. Blanchard

Jillian C.S. Blanchard

Director of Operations, Corporate Attorney

Leslie Donathan

Leslie Donathan

Accounting & Bookkeeping

Leslie Donathan was raised in and around Carolina Beach and Wilmington, North Carolina, and is a licensed CPA in North Carolina.

Leslie attended The University of Wilmington, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science with focuses in Accounting and Finance. After graduation, she obtained her CPA license while employed at a large CPA firm, where she specialized in federal tax for 12 years. Thereafter, she founded All-Inclusive Tax, Accounting & Consulting, Inc., where she serves as President and focuses on real estate development and various types of investments.

Although she has served many different types of clients throughout her career, Leslie primarily works with business owners and their families, including large and small real estate clients. She is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and puts her expertise to good use, serving as a trusted advisor to her clients, providing bookkeeping procedures and clean-up, preparing tax returns and offering tax planning opportunities.

Leslie resides in Wilmington, NC with her two children, one dog and one cat. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her family and spending time on the beach. She also serves on the board of the local non-profit, Masonboro.org, which strives to protect and preserve Masonboro Island, and is currently training to obtain her Yoga Teacher certificate.

Our Crew

Meet our development dream team.

Brian McCorkle

Brian McCorkle

Founder & President

Brian is from Central Indiana and developed a strong work ethic early in life by watching his parents, Ernie & Pat, strive to do the absolute best for their family. Mom and Dad’s hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance pushed them to chase every opportunity imaginable, instilling those same core values in their 4 children. In Brian’s younger years he spent time living in Indiana, Michigan, and N. Carolina.

As an international entrepreneur and business owner, he now lives in Mexico City, Mexico where he runs multiple global businesses that specialize in meat trading, livestock trading and real estate development. Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, concentrating in Finance, from University of N. Carolina at Wilmington. He graduated with honors from Cameron School of Business in 2002. He enjoyed the real estate boom time from 2002-2007 and sold a successful real estate portfolio to his partner in 2007.

Brian then had to learn to re-invent how he was to conduct real estate business after the financial crash of 2007-2008. We had to focus more on buying cash flow positive investments to build the portfolio.  It has taken many years and learning from mistakes made every day to grow to the full-scale development company he now runs and owns.

Jillian C.S. Blanchard

Jillian C.S. Blanchard

Director of Operations, Corporate Attorney

Jillian C.S. Blanchard is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, where she is an attorney with the law firm of Shipman & Wright, LLP. She is currently licensed to practice law in both North and South Carolina.

Jillian attended college at The University of South Carolina, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Southern Studies, and also served as the Professional Development Chair for the pre-law academic fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta. Thereafter, she attended The University of South Carolina School of Law, where she served as a Production Editor for the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal, a member of the Pro Bono Board and Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, and President of the Christian Legal Society.

Jillian’s legal practice is focused on construction, development, real property and business, and she serves as outside general counsel for businesses in the construction, development and real estate industries. She has been recognized by the New Hanover County Bar Association and the Wilmington Office of Legal Aid North Carolina for her pro bono services, and enjoys being an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association, where she currently serves as a Council Member of the Construction Law Section, as well as the Chair of the Section’s Communications Committee.

In her spare time, Jillian is a lover of the great outdoors who enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time in the sun. She is also a diehard SEC college football fan, who never misses a South Carolina Gamecocks game.

McKinnley Sherman

McKinnley Sherman

Accounting & Bookkeeping

McKinnley Sherman is a Managing Partner with the bookkeeping firm Merritt-Holland Bookkeeping LLC. In her role she provides outsourced financial reporting services to clients nationwide in a variety of industries including, real estate, industrial services, construction, and agriculture. She serves as a trusted advisor to her clients on matters related to financial reporting, cash management, and banking services.

Prior to founding Merritt-Holland McKinnley worked for a boutique accounting firm providing virtual controller / CFO services. She formerly worked in the banking industry and had multiple roles in both retail and commercial banking. Prior to entering the business world, she was a professional model under contract with a top talent agency.  She did both runway and print work and had the opportunity to travel the world.

McKinnley resides in San Antonio, TX with her husband, two children, and two bulldogs.  In her spare time, she enjoys travel, and spending time with friends and family.

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