J. Michael Edwards


J. Michael Edwards is a native of Wake County, North Carolina and grew up on a tobacco farm in the Cary/Apex area. Michael is a graduate of Apex High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of California at Northridge. He received his North Carolina real estate brokerage license in 1986 and has been an active member of the commercial real estate community since then. Michael is the broker in charge and established Edwards Commercial Real Estate (formally known as Edwards & Edwards Real Estate, Inc.) in 1986.

Michael has been involved with the sale and acquisition of over $250,000,000 worth of real property throughout his career and specializes in the acquisition of raw land for later development. He is able to shepherd his clients through successful municipal processes of annexation, rezoning, and site plan approval. Additionally, Michael owns and manages several office and commercial buildings. He has evolved Edwards Commercial Real Estate into a full-service management and leasing company as well. He is actively involved in purchase and management of investment and income-producing properties.

Michael continues to reside in the historic family property in Cary where he remains an active member of his Community. He is a member of the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club and serves as a board member of the Friends of the Page Walker Historical Society and the Capital Area Preservation. Michael is involved with many nonprofits, such as American Lung Cancer Society, Guardian Angel Thrift Shop, and Cary Visual Art. Additionally, Michael is co-owner of J.M. Edwards Fine Jewelry and a Certified Gemologist Appraiser with the American Gem Society. He has two children, Caroline and Carl, and two grandchildren.


Michael Edwards

Rick A. Schuler

Vice President

Rick A. Schuler first moved to North Carolina in 1989 at age 15. He attended high school in Greensboro and went on to graduate from UNCG with a degree in Finance. He and his wife moved to Atlanta for several years where he worked as a commercial banker, primarily focused on financing commercial real estate and homebuilders. In 2007, he returned to North Carolina by opening a Loan Production Office in Cary.

After 17 years of banking, and having completed over $200 million in real estate transactions – Rick followed his passion and transitioned from CRE lending to brokerage and management.

Rick lives in Apex with his wife Laura and three kids. Rick is a graduate of both Leadership Triangle and Graduate School of Banking at LSU. He has supported many non-profit organizations and is very active with ZOE – an organization devoted to helping orphans and vulnerable children throughout the world. Rick enjoys participating in YMCA programs with his children and serves on the Finance Committee for First United Methodist Church, Cary.


Billy Mills


Billy Mills is a Triangle native. He graduated from Apex High School in 1967, went on to serve in the North Carolina Army National Guard, and attended Wake Tech Community College receiving a graduate Civil Engineering Technology degree. Billy is a Registered Land Surveyor and work in land surveying from 1969 through 1987.

In 1987, Billy opened Apex Office Supply and worked in this business until 2003.

At that point, he began working in commercial real estate full time. Billy has always been involved with his community, serving on the Town of Apex Recreation Board, Board of Apex Chamber of Commerce, and a past member of the Apex Jaycees, Apex Civitan, and Apex Rotary Club.

Billy received his North Carolina Real Estate License in 1980 and has continually been involved in the commercial real estate industry. His main focus is to help builders and developers research and identify property for development. Additionally, Billy researches raw land and income producing property for investor purchase or use of 1031 and 1033 tax free exchange monies for investment. His goal is to help property owners market their property to receive maximum value.


Billy Mills