Cape Fear Living is a lifestyle magazine local to the Cape Fear region. Our passion is to entertain, inspire, inform, and produce a high-quality magazine that has an appeal to everyone. It’s important to us to support our local arts and culture, as well as local businesses. We are local residents ourselves, and our mission is to connect businesses, residents, newcomers, and visitors together in building a stronger Cape Fear community.
Meet our team below and get to know more about the individuals working hard to accentuate the finer details of our Cape Fear region.
Leping Beck, Publisher
Leping Beck has been a part of the Cape Fear community since moving to Wilmington, NC in 2013. Prior to moving, Leping practiced immigration and business law as an attorney in Colorado for twenty years. After purchasing Cape Fear Living the start of January 2016, Leping has been working to reshape Cape Fear Living to truly represent all of the Cape Fear region. She is happy with the progress that has been made so far to capture the heart of Cape Fear. She believes Cape Fear Living should be a magazine that all ages can enjoy, and grow in learning more about the culture, people, and art of our Cape Fear region. Leping hopes to continue to nurture the development of Cape Fear Living, inspiring to build a supportive community together.
Laura Frank, Chief Executive Officer/Editor
Laura Frank has over 15 years of experience leading and growing new and existing businesses and programs. Her previous experience includes leading several nonprofit organizations. She was the Director of Religious Education for Chapel Services on several military installations and served as a Youth and Family Minister for local churches. She has experience creating and editing program and educational materials. She has spent time writing, coordinating events and facilitating religious dialogue for a branch of the Religion News Service. For over 5 years, she served as the Executive Director of Upper Room Theater company. Laura is an avid hiker and enjoys fine wine and spending quality time with her family and friends. She is excited to have the opportunity to help create a multimedia magazine sharing the innovation, culture, and stories that inspire and captivate the community of the Cape Fear region and to work with such a talented, creative staff. Laura also writes a monthly column titled Pilgrimage across the Cape Fear region. The column focuses on the diverse religious and spiritual paths across our region.
Samantha Lowe, Art Director/Graphic Designer
Samantha Lowe received her degree in graphic design from Kansas State University and has been designing publications for 11 years. 5 years of that time was as an Art Director for Richmond Hill Reflections lifestyle magazine, and 4 years was spent designing publications for Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah, GA. Samantha values spending time with her husband, Tim; her daughter, Kana; her son, Alex; and their lovable German Shepherd named Bear. Chocolate is her weakness, and she has a heart for serif fonts, traveling, and Jesus. Samantha and her family recently moved to the area and she’s looking forward to exploring the Cape Fear region and everything it has to offer.
John Reed, Business Development/ Sales Director
John Reed- U.S. Army Retired: 1963-1983, over 20 years of honorable service, including two years of combat tours in Vietnam. Awarded the Bronze Star, two Army Commendation medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, along with other combat action ribbons.1970, joined the Neo-Commissioned Officers Association, a national association with over 160,000 members worldwide. 1972-1983 appointed to the Association Public Relations and Development Force. Received the President’s Award, the Chairman’s award, the Outstanding Member Recruiting Award, and the C.A. Mack McKinney Award, for dedication to service and professionalism. 1983-1996, Managing General Agent, with Academy Insurance Group. Responsible for hiring, training, and supervision of twenty-two agents in two offices, in two cities. Remained in the top three offices for production and service to the military. Awarded Senior Manager of the Year in 1993, for production excellence and service to the academy.1998-2017, CEO and Founder of Mainstreet, a business development firmed with over 170 clients and businesses, within North Carolina and South Carolina. 2018, appointed Business Development and Sales Director at Cape Fear Living Magazine, responsible for the hiring and supervision of all sales personnel. Conducting the magazine to a 360° Media Company, and Increasing the area of coverage throughout the southeastern portion of North Carolina.
In her hometown of Wichita Kansas, Kelly completed her B.F.A. in Ballet at Friends University. She loves to read and write, so before graduating in the Spring of 2016, she studied outside the ballet studio to achieve a minor in English. Picking up her love for dance at the age of 4, Kelly studied ballet, tap, and jazz. Dancing at Friends University, under the direction of Stan K. Rogers and Sharon Rogers, she has developed the skills to train, teach, and choreograph in the utmost professional manner. Ms. Johnson has worked with well-known choreographers and attended the Oklahoma City Ballet Summer Intensive on scholarship. Pursuing her dream to dance professionally, Kelly arrived in the Cape Fear region to train and perform with the U.S. International Ballet company, directed by Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini. She is thrilled to be part of the Cape Fear Living Magazine team and looks forward to connecting with her new community here. Kelly is a non-stop daydreamer, coffee drinker, and chocolate eater, with a never-ending list of books to read and places to go.
Jeff Chalfant, Account Executive
Jeff Chalfant has been in the Cape Fear region for almost 20 years. He arrived as an account executive for a financial company. Soon after he arrived he decided to invest in an auditing company with state of the art accounting and measuring software. After that venture, he partnered with his wife (Joan) to start a chocolate business, which has been thriving in the Greater Wilmington area for the last 10 years. Having decided that the chocolate biz with its long hours and labor-intensive demands was getting to be too much, they decided to move the business to the internet which they are now in the process of doing. This way they can manage their time more expeditiously. Jeff is a Coastal Volunteer for AARP, meeting with state and federal officials to advocate for non-partisan issues affecting the SENC community. Jeff also participated in the Eastern Area Regional Reading Service (EARRS), reading to the blind on the radio in the WHQR building until 2012 when the program closed. Jeff has a degree in Economics from Ursinus College, is certified in business ethics, and is a published and national award-winning poet, and has had the pleasure of meeting Maya Angelou. Jeff has also managed the Philadelphia Opera Company fundraising team during its annual ticket and pledge drive. Jeff enjoys playing golf and going to Sharks baseball games. Promoting Cape Fear Living in its transition to Live Local 360 is going to be exciting and beneficial to our business and to our customers.
Will Hair, Account Executive
Will Hair is a recent graduate of the Film Studies program at UNCW. Immediately following graduation, Will interned at a production company in Los Angeles for three months. Upon returning to Wilmington, he quickly earned a job at a local production company that specializes in television commercials as well as web and social media content. Here, Will assisted in all facets of media production, from conceptualization, locations, and casting, to filming, to the final editing and completion of projects. Creating video advertisements for both local and national businesses also gave him a unique experience in marketing. Outside of film, Will’s personal interests include music, reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. He is excited to be a part of the Cape Fear Living team and looks forward to contributing to the company’s future growth.