OUR TEAM

Martha Bick

Martha BickMartha has been a real estate broker in Chapel Hill and Durham since 2002. She has sold over $170 million of property in her real estate career. In 2008, Martha established Martha Bick & Co and affiliated with Allen Tate Company. Martha has received numerous sales awards, including the highest level Allen Tate Realtors recognition each year since 2012. In 2016, Martha Bick & Co. led all Allen Tate mid-sized teams in listing volume and listing volume closed and Martha was in the Top 100 brokers firmwide. In June 2017, she renamed the firm The Martha Bick Groupand  affiliated with Hodge and Kittrell Sotheby's International Realty. She is a licensed real estate broker and Realtor. 

Prior to entering the real estate business, Martha spent twenty years on Wall Street. She started her career with the Bank of New York, where she specialized in media and communications lending and served as lead banker to some of the nation’s premier cable television and wireless telephony companies. She subsequently worked at Salomon Brothers as a high yield bond analyst, specializing in media and in high yield bond sales. She concluded her Wall Street career as a Managing Director at Toronto Dominion Securities, where she established its high yield sales desk. Martha also served as a director of Grand Union Company, a supermarket chain, during its restructuring. Martha has held Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.

Martha received a BA in Economics from Williams College. She is married to Jim Bick and they have three children: Emma, (Williams '15) a fourth year medical student at UNC-Chapel Hill;  Philip, (UNC BSBA '09, MAC '10) , who joined the firm in 2017 and Evan, also a Williams graduate (’06),  a former Army officer and current clinical psychologist in private practice. Evan lives in Hanover, NH with his wife, Gillian, also Williams '06, a 2011 Harvard Medical School graduate, currently a staff psychiatrist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. 

 

Phil Bick

To say that Phil is a diligent professional would be an understatement. He has always been a results-oriented business executive, having spent the past 7 years as a CPA in public and corporate accounting roles in the Charlotte, NC area. He acquired and managed a string of rental properties in Charlotte. While accounting was his vocation, real estate was his passion.  When the opportunity to join Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty in his hometown of Chapel Hill arose, he knew the opportunity was unique. Phil understands the value of having a trusted agent on your side with knowledge of the local market. Phil brings energy and an analytical focus to real estate and is excited to help with either buying or selling your dream home.  As a Chapel Hill native, Phil graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, and completed his Master of Accounting at UNC the following year. In his spare time, Phil is an avid golfer and enjoys fitness, travel, and being outside with his dog Otis.

 

Jim Bick

Jim joined Martha Bick and Co. in 2009 to help support its growth, particularly in the areas of marketing and client service support. He is a licensed real estate broker and Realtor.

Jim is a member of the Board of Directors of Old Chatham Golf Club and of SwingPals, a nonprofit focused on at-risk youth in Durham. He was a founding director and chairman of the board loan committee at KeySource Commercial Bank in Durham, which merged with Bank of North Carolina in 2012. He is also a former Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Durham, Orange and Person Counties. Prior to working with Martha, he was an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School and an investor in several angel and early-stage investment funds. Previously, he was the principal of Bick Capital Advisors which he founded in 1996 to assist emerging companies, primarily in telecommunications, develop and fund their business plans.  

Jim received a BA in Economics from Yale University and and MBA from NYU.