Nick Livengood ’08 spent his entire pre-college educational career at Durham Academy. And now, he has returned to his alma mater as the 2019–2020 Alumni Board President. Livengood and the 16-member board are on a mission to continue to grow DA’s alumni network and reconnect with alumni locally, nationally and abroad.
“DA alumni are part of an incredibly talented, capable, diverse group who are doing some amazing things,” says Livengood. “It takes a few years to realize that it’s the sum of your DA experiences that have helped you get to where you are — not just one or two.”
Livengood graduated from DA and left Durham in 2008 to attend Elon University, where he majored in political science, with minors in history, international studies and German studies. He studied abroad in Europe, and was elected class vice president and student body treasurer. Livengood maintained ties to his hometown during his time at Elon, working summers as an assistant groundskeeper with the Durham Bulls.
After graduating from Elon, Livengood enrolled in law school at Elon University School of Law. He interned with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Regional Counsel in Winston-Salem and spent a summer in Norfolk, Virginia, as an intern with the United States Coast Guard JAG Legal Service Command. He was a competing member of the Elon Law Moot Court Board and school representative to the American Bar Association.
While Livengood experienced some of Durham’s growth during his seasonal job with the Bulls, he found that Durham had grown immensely when he moved back in 2015. He wanted to be part of the growth of his hometown.
“After law school, I knew I wanted to come back to Durham, and I began working as a commercial real estate broker and in-house counsel with Real Estate Associates, which is also owned by a DA graduate [former DA Alumni Board President Seth Jernigan ’96.]”
In February 2019, he accepted a position with Weatherspoon & Voltz LLP in Raleigh, a commercial real estate law firm where he now works as an associate attorney. The practice focuses on commercial development, finance, investment and leasing.
“What I enjoy most about my job is being a problem solver,” Livengood says. “I get to help clients find solutions to challenging, sometimes unforeseen problems that arise in the course of a transaction. I also love that everything in my field of work is tangible. You can see and touch every site that is the subject of your current project, from vacant land to a fully constructed high-rise.
“Every day is different,” he explains. “Being in a relatively small firm has given me a great opportunity to work on a little bit of everything. Most recently, we’ve helped developers secure financing for student housing projects, represented a nonprofit in the purchase of a 1,000+ acre tract to be used for conservation purposes, and worked with car wash companies to expand their presence in the Southeast. I also work with local and family-owned businesses in the purchase, sale and leasing of their properties.”
Outside of work, Livengood enjoys spending time with girlfriend Kara Nunnally. He also loves the outdoors, including hunting in the fall and winter, and especially anything involving water sports — fishing and paddle boarding. In law school Livengood started training dogs, something he calls “a true exercise in patience.” Livengood also serves as president of the Caring House Young Professional Board.
He encourages alumni to stop by and see all of the new construction at DA, part of a comprehensive reimagining of both the Upper School and Middle School that is taking place over the next four to six years.
“If you haven’t been back to the Upper School campus in the last few years, stop by — you won’t believe it,” says Livengood. “There’s a lot going on. It’s a really exciting time to be involved with DA.”