Meet the Kingfish Bay Team

Eric Samson / Owner

Kingfish Bay Development LLC

Eric Samson is a titan of industry. From humble beginnings, Mr. Samson has grown his company, Macsteel Global, into one of the world’s largest privately owned steel conglomerates. Employing thousands, across 6 continents (39 countries), Macsteel Holdings’ annual revenues are in the billions.

Beyond world-class business acumen, Mr. Samson’s philanthropic nature is legendary. Mr. Samson’s officially recognized charitable gifts have been in excess of $100 million worldwide, primarily in the areas of education, health, and children’s causes, and most of this work has gone without fanfare.

Now in his late 70s, Mr. Samson has turned his attention to passion projects: Enter Kingfish Bay. Like other members of the Kingfish Bay Development team, this project is about building a community like no other for residents to enjoy. With a broad smile, Mr. Samson is quick to inform that his greatest pleasure is time spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Mr. Samson’s work has taken him around the world and he concludes that one’s home and community is the best place on the planet. Kingfish Bay is an effort to make this true for its residents

Jeffrey Samson / President & CEO

Kingfish Bay Development LLC

Jeff saw what the raw property, now Kingfish Bay, could be before any other.  That’s kind of Jeff’s thing, he brings ideas to life. Jeff’s career has been primarily focused on Supply Chain Management in the areas of marketing, operations, financials, information technology, and transactional experience.

Prior to joining Kingfish Bay Development, LLC., Jeff worked at the Macsteel Group of Companies (a multinational company), where he occupied various Executive positions from 1984 to 2008 and serves as President and CEO for Action Wobble Inc. from 2004 to present.

Jeff currently serves on the Board of Directors of Macsteel Holdings and Kingfish Bay Development, LLC.  In 1988/1989, he completed Certificates in Marketing Management, Sales Management, Retail Marketing, and Salesmanship from the Institute of Marketing Management in Johannesburg, South Africa.  His wife and three adult children are most important in his life.

Polina Hryn / Executive Assistant to President/CEO

Kingfish Bay Development LLC

In addition to administrative work, Polina Hryn has spent 15 years in Real Estate Investment, Design, and Development and has over 10 years of experience in business and product development, strategic marketing, and promotion both domestic and internationally.

She has worked in Entertainment and The Arts for much of her career in production, media, copywriting, PR, and TV/Radio on-air broadcasting, and hosts United Nations events for the Orange County Chapter as well as celebrity red carpet events. Her clientele has included multi million-dollar businesses, internationally renown artists, and Grammy award winning musicians.

Jim Snyder / Chief Operating Officer

Snyder Design Group LLC

Jim Snyder is the lead designer and community planner for Kingfish Bay. Jim’s award winning career spans 25+ years, primarily in the areas of home design, land development planning, landscaping and interior design. Jim’s impressive portfolio reflects the experience he brings to bear at Kingfish Bay.

Including community planning, monument designs, and countless residential projects, Jim’s career has resulted in retail values in excess of $800M.

Jim was chosen for Kingfish Bay because of his unique passion and expertise in designing residential communities that enhance the modern way we live and relax, while maintaining the natural beauty of the development setting.

Eric Smith / CFO

Kingfish Bay Development LLC

Eric joins the Kingfish Bay Development team as our head accountant.  A community development project is built with wood and bricks, but it is also built on spreadsheets and ledgers. Eric brings 25 years of experience in the field of accounting. Working for a real estate investment firm for over a decade, Eric is a specialist in community development projects.

While Eric has a passion for the accounting aspect of real estate, his first love is his family.  Married for 25 years with 5 children, Eric is quick to tell you how blessed he has been.

Tyler Warren / Director of Construction

Kingfish Bay Development LLC

Originally from Grand Island, NE, Tyler resides in North Myrtle Beach with his 3 teenage sons and his wife of 20+ years. He has served in the construction industry in various capacities for over 35 years. After working for a custom home builder through high school, Tye studied architecture at Arizona State University. He put his design skills to use back in Nebraska where he designed custom homes and began a custom framing company. As the industry slowed in the Midwest, he was attracted to the booming Myrtle Beach area in the mid 90’s where he again designed/built many custom homes. His passion for building aligns with the Kingfish team’s vision, striving to deliver a 5 star product.

Jordan Lesko / Outdoor Living Director

Kingfish Bay Development LLC

Jordan is no stranger to the Construction Field as his Father, Uncles, and other family members have succeeded in the industry. At 21 he began working for a local Custom Home Builder where he was promoted to Warranty Manager. At 25 he had an itch to become an entrepreneur and opened up both Erosion Control and Construction Clean Up businesses. As the Director of Outdoor Living Jordan knows the the value of a home lies just as much in what’s outside as what’s inside. He proves this by making sure every detail to every pool, plant, and outdoor space on the property is above standard. Jordan most enjoys spending time with his daughter and wife, who is expecting their second child.

Michelle Hite / Selections Coordinator

Kingfish Bay Development LLC

Michelle Hite is our onsite Selections Coordinator and Interior Designer that is here to help make the home you purchase truly yours.  Whether it be from one of Kingfish Bay’s existing floor plans or for one of the custom home lots, she will guide you through the process all the way from flooring selections to lighting with ease.  Born and raised in Pennsylvania, and former resident in Northern Virginia where she was introduced to her future in the design world, she now lives in North Myrtle Beach with her family.  Michelle is energetic and passionate about her position here at Kingfish Bay, and looks forward to helping you with your new home ideas and seeing the end results along side with you.

Emsley Laney / Community Specialist

Kingfish Bay Development LLC

Emsley grew up in the Carolinas and graduated from Clemson University.   He began his real estate career in 1983 and is licensed in NC, SC and Fl.  He has been involved with numerous real estate developments throughout the coastal Carolinas and Florida.   When not at Kingfish Bay, Emsley enjoys spending time with his wife, and his daughter who is attending Clemson University.

Robert Vickery / Community Specialist

Kingfish Bay Development LLC

Robert Vickery is a native of Greenville SC. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1990, Robert began his career in real estate. Robert has been involved in new home development in the Carolinas and Florida for the  past 20  years.

Steve Free / Community Specialist

Kingfish Bay Development LLC

Steve is originally from Asheville, NC and moved to the beautiful Carolina Coast in 1989 where he owns his own real estate company. Since achieving his real estate license in 1982 for SC and NC, Steve has worked with some of the largest developments in the Southeast.

Casey St James / Community Specialist

Kingfish Bay Development LLC

Hailing from the United Kingdom, Casey traveled throughout Europe before coming to the U.S.A. nearly four decades ago.

A career path in hotel management allowed her to live in several states over the years. Moving to the Washington D.C. area in 2002 brought about a change into retail management with L’Oreal for the next 16 years. A passion for delivering great customer service and working with superior product have been hallmarks of a career that mesh with the vision at Kingfish Bay.

Casey and her husband recently moved off the boat they called home for several years and back onto solid land in Calabash with their Jack Russell, Dixie.

Linnette Nuckles / Community Specialist

Kingfish Bay Development LLC

Linnette is originally from Brunswick County. Her favorite pass time with her family while growing up was spending time on Brunswick County beaches, boating, and water skiing on the intracoastal waterway just off of Sunset Beach. She now resides 5 miles from Kingfish Bay with her daughter. They also enjoy the traditional beach activities today and local school sports.  Linnette has been licensed as a Realtor since 1999 and has helped families from Brunswick County N.C to Myrtle Beach S.C. find their home at the beach.

Bethany Berardi / Office Manager

Kingfish Bay Development LLC

Bethany, originally from Maryland, has been calling the Carolinas home since 2010. She has a background in financial services and hospitality. When she’s not assisting the team at Kingfish Bay, Bethany enjoys time with her husband, daughter and black lab.