Linda Nelson, vice president of operations for Crye-Leike Coastal Realty and Destin Getaways, celebrated her 10th anniversary with the companies on March 12.

“I wasn’t even looking for a job,” said Nelson “I was helping a friend out at her boutique and Wanda would come in often buying clothes, and the next thing I know she was asking me if I could fill in for a couple of weeks while the office assistant was out.”

Wanda Duke is the co-founder of Crye-Leike Coastal Realty. Together with John Paulsen, she opened the real estate company in 2002. A year later they saw the potential in the vacation rental business and opened Destin Getaways.

“When the two weeks were up, John pulled me into his office and made me an offer,” said Nelson. “And here I am, 10 years later, with no plans of leaving anytime soon. I have really been blessed to work for such a great company and incredible owners for the past 10 years and look forward to watching our company continue to grow and flourish for many more years.”

In the 10 years that Nelson has been employed with Crye-Leike Coastal Realty and Destin Getaways, she has seen the businesses grow beyond what she could have ever imagined. Crye-Leike Coastal Realty is now home to 21 real estate agents, and Destin Getaways manages 75 short term rental properties in Destin and along Highway 30-A.

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