Erin Starcke on campus near the Lakes on campus.

March 6, 2020

A part-time job at UNCW helped Erin Starcke ’10 develop a valuable skill for success in sales and in life. 

“My time as a student caller with University Advancement provided a foundation for an area I would later thrive in – cold calling,” she said. “Picking up the phone to call someone you don’t know is something that most people would dread. I love it! It is what laid the groundwork for my success in sales.” 

The communication studies major started out in an executive assistant role at Transportation Impact and then First Flight Solutions, based in Emerald Isle, NC, where she grew up. She quickly transitioned into sales. Starcke also met her husband, Doug Starcke ’03, while working at the two companies, where he is managing partner and part owner, respectively. The couple also are part owners of South Swell Surf Shop in Emerald Isle. 

The Starckes now have two young sons. Erin stays home with them while helping with her husband’s businesses and finds time to serve on the UNCW Board of Visitors and the Emerald Isle Bike and Pedestrian Committee. 

“I strive to show my kids the importance of loving what you do,” Starcke said. “I am a better mother to my children and a better partner and friend to my husband when I continue to focus on what makes me happy. I love being involved in the community and playing an instrumental role in growing our family’s businesses. I also love running and yoga. Balancing these passions with being a mother and wife is what makes me happy.” 

What keeps this Seahawk soaring? Starcke shares more of her story in the short Q&A below. 

Describe the UNCW experience in three words: Inspiring, refreshing, friendships 

What is your favorite hobby? I love to run. I ran the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon last April and the Battleship Half Marathon in Wilmington in November, where I beat my personal best time. I have a competitive personality, so I love pushing myself to beat my own record times. 

What is one of your goals for 2020? To be more present. Over the years, I have learned that wishing I had done things differently in the past, or wanting to get to the next chapter in my life, is no way to live. It makes us miss the amazing moments right in front of us. 

-- Tricia Vance