OUR STAFF

MANAGERS

Larry J. Powell, Manager - Wilmington Office

  • Has been in the Bonding Business for 22 plus years in Wilmington, NC.
  • Has developed Powell Bail Bonding Inc. into the oldest and largest Bonding Company in New Hanover County.
  • Has served on numerous committees regarding regulations and policy changes for the improvement of both
  • Professional and Surety Bondsmen throughout our great state.
  • Was a founding member of the North Carolina Bail Agents Association and served on the board.
  • Currently oversees the operations of all Powell Bail Bonding offices located in New Hanover, Pender, Duplin, Bladen,
  • Columbus, Sampson, Onslow, and Brunswick counties. His attitude is we are here to assist you in your time of trouble.
  • Inducted into the NCBAA hall of fame in July 2011.
  • For more information about Larry and his lovely wife of 51 years

John Leonard, Manager - Wilmington Office

  • John Leonard has been with Powell Bail Bonding for over 21 years, making him next to Larry Jack Powell the most senior agent with the company.
  • Mr. Leonard’s experience in the field are invaluable assets to the team at Powell Bail Bonding. He uses his knowledge to guide new hires in the right direction.
  • Mr. Leonard has built a strong and lasting reputation within the community we serve.
  • John has been a member of the North Carolina Bail Bonding Association since 1992, a member of American Legion Post 165, a US Army Veteran who served proudly for 8.5 years, and a former Law Enforcement officer.
  • Mr. Leonard enjoys sharing quality time with his bride of 17 years and their 3 children, his old Harley, and friends.

Raul "Katt" Brewster, Manager - Wilmington Office

Raul S. Brewster, better known as “Katt”, was born in the Bronx, NY. He has been in the business for over 15 years. He enjoys meeting new people and helping them through difficult times. Raul taught Tae-Kwon-Do for 8 years, which was where he was introduced to the bonding business. One of his students was in the business and got him interested. Using his martial atrs skills, he was able to act in several movies including Weeds – with Nick Nolte, Silver Bullet, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 & 2. In his free time he enjoys working out, shooting pool, and hanging out with his children.

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Cindy Lee

  • Cindy has lived in the Wilmington area for over 40 years. She and her husband have raised two children.
  • With the kids grown and moved out, she and her husband share their house with an adopted pit bull.
  • Cindy, a bookkeeper by trade became the bookkeeper for Powell Bail Bonding to help support her father in the operations of Powell Bail Bonding.

Brenda Bryant – Office Manager

  • Brenda has been with the company for 6 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Accounting, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
  • She has 20 years of clerical experience
  • In her spare time Brenda enjoys spending time with her family, cooking fishing, and camping. Brenda also enjoys spending time with church, family, and friends.

Laura Smitley – Administration and Bail Bondsman

  • Laura was born and raised in the area. She has about 20 years experience in the clerical field.
  • Laura has been with Powell Bail Bonding for 3.5 years working in the office and now being a licensed bondsman since 2012.

Fawn N. Rhodes

  • Fawn is a native of New Hanover County.
  • She attended F.A. Laney High School, North Carolina Central University, and Cape Fear Community College.
  • She has 20 years od Administrative and Managerial experience.
  • When not at Powell Bail Bonding, Fawn enjoys spending time with her family, is an avid reader, passionate cook, loves traveling and attending music festivals.
  • She attributes all of her success to her faith in God.

Arthur Leboo

Administration. Arthur is a Wilmington native. He is a member of our “night crew” maintaining crucial office operations through the night as well as providing support for bondsmen in the surrounding counties giving us 24 hour 365 day availability to service the public. When not working Arthur does freelance videography and enjoys treasure hunting, internet radio, and aviation related activities.

"Coach" Pridgen

  • Coach Pridgen is a retired PE teacher and head girl’s basketball coach from Hoggard High School.
  • He has been with the company for 8 years. A relative in the business got him started in the bonding industry.
  • He is married with 3 children and very active in his church.

Chase Lucas

  • Chase is originally from Jacksonville, NC but has lived in Wilmington since 2002.
  • He became a bondsman in 2007.
  • Prior to bonding, construction work was his occupation. Since starting bail bonding he has found enjoyment in helping individuals and their families when they find themselves in a bad situation.
  • In his spare time, he enjoys golf, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

Chris Byrd

  • Chris is a 43 year old devoted family man and father of two sons.
  • Chris loves to play golf, softball, and basketball. He has coached football for 16 years, and also coached AAU and high school basketball.

Beth Lundsford

  • Bail Bondsman. Beth has worked for Powell Bail Bonding for 9 years.
  • She is a Pender County native and works out of Pender County.
  • She is a mother to a young son who is active in Boy Scouts.
  • In her spare time her family likes to enjoy Topsail Island which is one of Pender County’s scenic beaches.

Jamie Boyd

  • Bail Bondsman. Jamie is an energetic guy who loves to work.
  • He has been a bondsman since 2009.
  • Helping people is one of the many things Jamie does. In his free time he enjoys golfing and watching sports.

John Kuhn

  • Bail Bondsman. John Kuhn has been with the company for 10 years.
  • He is a father of 3 children. He is originally from Fayetteville.
  • There has been many newspaper articles and editorials written about John and his steadfast temperament and commitment to catching someone on the run!
  • Anyone who meets John will quickly realize he is very charismatic with a wonderful personality and is ALWAYS on the phone!

Gene Benson

  • Bail Bondsman. Gene is from Warsaw, NC and works in the Duplin County Office.
  • He has been with the company for over 8 years. Before working woth Powell Bail Bonding, he was a police officer for the Warsaw Police Department for 5 years, Guilford Mills for over 18 years, and a part owner of The Sign Shop.
  • He has been married for over 32 years and has 4 children.

Tammy Tilghman

  • Tammy is a North Carolina native that has been with Powell Bail Bonding for 10 years.
  • She services the Sampson County area, home of NFL great Willie Parker.
  • In her free time, Tammy likes to work out, travel and hang out with her kids.

Angie Cain

  • Angie was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. She has been a bail bondsman for the last 5 years.
  • In her spare time she enjoys shopping, watching movies, eating at restaurants and spending time with her family.

- We are very thankful for our RECOVERY TEAM. Please understand that due to the nature of their business, we can not show their faces or list their names. They are responsible for the apprehension of bail skippers and absconders.