About Us

Commercial Real Estate, Done Differently.

We’ve turned the world of commercial real estate on its head by something often talked about but rarely practiced: focusing on our clients. By practicing the art of centering everything we do around our clients, we’ve created unmatched results for buyers, sellers, tenants, and landlords alike.

Most importantly, it’s helped us build trust and confidence, and in our tight, competitive market, that’s the difference between average and excellent results. And when it comes to our clients, we don’t settle for less than excellence.

Carla Barnard

CEO & Broker In Charge 

After graduating from the University of Oxford, Carla worked as a commercial real estate attorney for Hogan Lovells LLP in London, specializing in real estate finance, investment and complex development work for institutional clients including Prudential, Ford Motor Company, Barclays Bank, HSBC and a number of REITs.  She has advised extensively on solar farm and renewable energy producing property transactions and hotel and care home M & A. 

Since moving to Asheville, NC in 2013, Carla has used her expertise to move into commercial real estate brokerage where she works alongside investors, businesses and non profit organizations to meet their CRE goals.

Carla currently serves as Broker In Charge at Carla & Company,  playing an integral role in elevating Commercial Real Estate in Western North Carolina. She also currently serves on the Real Estate Board of The Community Foundation of WNC, the Endangered Properties Committee of the Historic Preservation Society, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue Board, Asheville Music School Board, and the Buncombe County Board of Adjustments. 

Direct: (828) 575-0272
Email: carla@carla-co.com

Stacy Wheeler


With a background in Hospitality Sales, Stacy has a knack for being perceptive and tactful during the search and contracting process. Connecting the dots, being a part of new business, expansion of existing business or building an investment portfolio is what drives this real estate professional. Her local expertise, resources and ability to find off-market opportunities make her an integral part of the team.

Stacy spent 10 years in Chattanooga, TN, adding a few feathers in her cap in Hospitality Sales with multiple awards in leadership and consistently exceeding her revenue goals. She excelled in partnering with companies such as SIAG, Aerisyn, Volkswagen, Tandus and Unum. 

She happily juggles her spare time with her two boys between the soccer field, skateboard park or on the creek. 

Direct: (423) 504-8167
Email: stacy@carla-co.com

Jessica Auge


Jessica started her career in Commercial Real Estate in 2015, working as the Executive Assistant to the BIC of CoveStar Investment Realty Advisors in Asheville. She got her license in January of 2016 and has since gained extensive experience in all facets of CRE, in addition to residential brokerage and development services. In her work as a Tenant Rep, Jessica has learned how to navigate complicated zoning requirements and construction challenges. Jessica works closely with her clients to advise and guide them through the process of buying, selling, or leasing. Her work goes beyond the transaction. 

Jessica graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She worked as a professional photographer for several years prior to moving to the Asheville area.  In addition to photography, graphic design and marketing expertise, Jessica has over 15 years of Office Management, Administrative and Customer Service experience. She loves helping people and she goes above and beyond to help her clients and her team achieve their goals.

Jessica is a member of the Hendersonville Board of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. In her leisure time, Jessica enjoys music, the arts and spending time outdoors with her husband, Nathan and their pup Dilbert.

Direct: (706) 255-9363
Email: jess@carla-co.com

Darrell Metcalf


Darrell has been a licensed NC Real Estate Broker since 2009 with 20 years of professional experience in land development. Prior to joining Carla and Company in Q1 of 2022, Darrell worked in the civil engineering field with a focus on land development and development consultation. He has extensive knowledge of site selection and feasibility analysis for multiple uses, including retail, single and multi-family developments, and self storage. 

Darrell is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. He has built professional experience working as a Survey Crew Chief for McGill Associates Engineering in Asheville, a Project Manager in private stream mitigation banking, and a Civil Engineering Technician on projects in NC, SC, TN and Arkansas. He has attained credentials in Wetland Delineation and LEED Neighborhood Development, and has detailed knowledge of development budgetary items and commercial project delivery methods.

His practical approach to site selection continues to help clients save time while making informed decisions. With a knowledge of how physical and jurisdictional site attributes affect budget thresholds, Darrell is able to identify both development potential and hurdles early in the evaluation stages of a deal.

Darrell is a native of WNC and grew up on his family’s cattle farm in NorthBuncombe County. He attends Brookstone Church and enjoys spending time with his wife and four children while working on the same farm that’s been in his family since 1918.

Direct: (828) 450-4349
Email: darrell@carla-co.com

Abigail Farrow


Abigail joined the core team of Carla & Company in September of 2022. She is a highly experienced Residential Real Estate Broker who is now lending her extensive knowledge in the industry and applying it to the commercial markets. 

She loves living, working and raising a family in Asheville. Whether you are looking to buy, sell or lease or simply if you are interested in relocating your business to Western North Caroline, Abigail can help you find what you need by navigating the real estate process with confidence. 

For sellers, she brings savvy web-based marketing and social media skills to the table, allowing you to optimize reach and engagement with potential buyers. Serving both buyers and sellers by handling commercial real estate transactions with intellect, integrity, creativity and a sense of humor. 

Abigail is organized, communicative, friendly and adept at balancing the emotional aspects of buying and selling with the bottom-line pragmatics of an Asheville real estate investment. 

Direct: (828) 333-2380
Email: abigail@carla-co.com

Frankie Keller

Executive Assistant 

Frankie joined the team as Carla’s assistant in August of 2022, after working as a real estate paralegal in the Asheville area. With her background in law and non-profit administration, Frankie brings a high level of organization, clarity, and level-headedness to the team.

Frankie moved to Asheville in 2015 to attend college at UNC Asheville where she earned a BA in History and a minor in Creative Writing. She fell in love with the mountains and the community that has grown around them while in school and has remained here ever since.

When not in the office, Frankie can be found reading, writing, hiking, or serving as a pillow for one of her pets. 

Office: (828) 222-3685
Email: frankie@carla-co.com

Jill Kennedy Mullinax

Listing Coordinator 


Rachel Lucas

Executive Assistant

Originally from the Raleigh area, Rachel first moved to WNC to attend Appalachian State University where she received a BA in Communications, focused in Creative Advertising.

She began her journey into Asheville Real Estate in 2019 working as a transaction coordinator and marketing specialist for a team of residential real estate agents. Since then, she’s immersed herself further into the real estate world, receiving her NC Real Estate License in 2021 and continuing to work as agent support for varying projects from low-cost fixer-uppers to large new construction developments. 

Rachel loves the charm and quirk of Asheville and in her free time you can find her seeing live music, doing yoga, or snuggling with her angel cat, Remy.

Office: (828) 222-3685
Email: rachel@carla-co.com

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