Our Team

Our leadership and team members come from diverse backgrounds with wide-ranging, relevant expertise to help meet your real estate and property management needs. Each of us upholds Azalea’s company values of competency, integrity, professionalism, and teamwork in every facet of business we conduct.

Carl Ricker, CEO

A native of western North Carolina, Carl Ricker went to work early – both figuratively and literally. At the age of 16, Carl was at work by 6 a.m. every day of the week at a local service station, where he pumped gas and kept the books. Carl worked his way up the ranks, and turned around several failing stations before ultimately overseeing the company operations in the state of Florida.

Carl went on to grow a large recreational vehicle sales business, and then his interest turned to real estate. In 1981, he purchased land in his native Asheville for the purpose of building and leasing back commercial properties.  He then began investing in land and developing restaurant chains, commercial properties, and shopping centers across the southeast. These accomplishments resulted in Carl being awarded the Horatio Alger award, as well as numerous other industry recognitions.

Today Carl is one of the largest private real estate investors in the southeastern United States, and manages his properties through Asheville’s Azalea Management & Leasing.


Andy Walker, President

Andy Walker was born and raised in western North Carolina, and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Accounting.  Over the course of his career, he has had experience in public accounting, financial services, and various aspects of the real estate industry.

Andy’s experience has included working in the financial services industry, serving as VP of Real Estate for a national restaurant chain with over 100 locations, as well as developing his niche in the real estate industry.  Andy’s industry presence has expanded to include residential and commercial real estate, energy efficient building components and services, general contracting, self-storage, and aviation.

Through this involvement in real estate and associated industries over the course of his entire career, Andy has gained an innovative, discerning, and versatile approach to real estate development, acquisition, and management.


Our Team

Shirley Lawson
Administrative Assistant


Kelly Cooke
Director of Operations


Brenda Arrowood


Dan Tremble
Business Manager/Operations Accountant


Justin Davies
Director of Facilities