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About The Durham Exchange at ReCity

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In 2012, KJ Hill and Wendy Clark connected through their love of community development and of Durham.
They supported each other in their different ventures towards those ends. Life. COVID. Seasons happen. In the beginning of 2023, ReCity received an opportunity to grow and expand their impact and sustainability, especially through the creation of a wedding venue. In May 2023, KJ reconnected with Wendy Clark as the synergy made sense on many levels and The Durham Exchange at ReCity was born.

It is an honor and joy to join forces to provide an incredible venue to help practically support people’s hopes and dreams.


Lisa Williams, Venue Manager

Lisa started to work events as an onsite manager in 2017 and quickly realized she had a passion, drive, and desire to make people happy and to be sure clients had an amazing experience at the Durham Exchange. Working her way up, she now manages our venue. She loves to show people our beautiful historic building and likes to share her knowledge of the history of our building. She will greet you with a warm smile and truly make you feel at home the minute you walk in the venue.

After working in the medical field for 17 years as a front desk manager, she knew that there was something else, something more that she wanted to do. Her ability to make you feel comfortable and at ease when you are planning your event at the Durham Exchange is remarkable. She will help with problem solving and brainstorming ideas for your event and make it so easy for you.

Outside of the office, you can find Lisa spending time with her family. She has 5 girls and just recently 2 grandsons! Originally from Michigan, Lisa enjoys traveling there to visit family and friends. She also loves to travel with her husband to new places and experience new things! Staying active, Lisa enjoys playing recreational sports such as Beach Volley Ball, Kickball, Soccer, and Softball.

Madeline Bailey, General Manager

After managing restaurants for 10 years (starting in the bakery and working up to general manager), Madeline brings a keen ability to adapt to circumstances and understand people, which makes her team love working with her through the exciting challenges of each day! 

With a sharp mind for problem solving and a clear communication style appreciated by our clients and team members alike, Madeline keeps the day-to-day operations running smoothly. 

Outside of the office, you can find Madeline hanging out with her husband Braxton and her energetic daughters, Violet and Rose. Madeline is a working mom who knows and appreciates the value of having time to do the important things with the people and pets that you love.

Madeline loves going out in nature and can often be found hiking at Umstead Park, riding the merry-go-round at Pullen Park, walking her dog, or going to the zoo.