Meet the Seaside Vacations Team


Gordon Jones

Gordon Jones

President

Gordon founded the company that would later become Seaside Vacations in 1990 and continues to serve as president. He holds a degree from the University of Virginia and has worked in the vacation rental industry for 25 years. A graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), Gordon is also a Certified Residential Broker (CRB) and a New Homes Specialist (NHS).

An acknowledged expert in the fields of real estate and property management, Gordon’s commentary has been featured in The Wall Street Journal. A regular columnist for The North Beach Sun, his column, “Property Manager’s Notebook,” is recognized as a resource for homeowners, prospective homeowners and property managers throughout the vacation rental industry.

An active member of the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA), he is frequently asked to speak at national seminars. He is past president of the North Carolina Vacation Rental Managers Association (NCVRMA), past board member of the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® and a founding board member of the Outer Banks Community Development Committee, an organization that develops affordable housing and provides housing and asset building services to residents of northeastern North Carolina.

Gordon is also president of Coldwell Banker Seaside Realty, a sister company to Seaside Vacations. He enjoys flying, diving, hiking, fishing, boating, biking, surfing and kayaking.

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Bob Leavitt

Bob Leavitt

Chief Financial Officer

A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Bob joined the Seaside Vacations team in 2011. He leads the finance department and is also the human resources coordinator. Bob brings 30 years of financial management experience in a variety of business settings and fully appreciates the vacation rental industry since he is an owner of vacation rental property here on the Outer Banks.

Originally from California, Bob moved to the East Coast and graduated from Syracuse University. Like so many of the residents here on the Outer Banks, Bob enjoys everything outdoors and can be found on Hatteras Island when time off affords the opportunity to kiteboard, surf or paddle. 

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Jac.e Bent

Jac.e Bent

Trust Accountant

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jac.E moved to the Outer Banks in 1997 with her husband, Bob. She began her career in the vacation rental industry in May 2002 as a vacation specialist but quickly moved into the finance department a few months later.

Jac.E joined the Seaside Vacations finance team in September 2009 and brought with her more than six years of experience in rental trust accounting. In addition to her role as trust accountant for both weekly and long-term rentals, Jac.E is also the in-house technical support person, handling any computer or phone issues that arise.

Jac.E lives in Kitty Hawk with her husband, two dogs and two cats. She enjoys attending NASCAR races and Steelers games, reading, and vacationing with her husband.

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Jennifer Daniels

Jennifer Daniels

Staff Accountant

Born and raised on the Outer Banks, Jennifer started in the vacation rental industry with Outer Banks Vacation Realty in December 2000, that later merged with Seaside Vacations in December 2004. She started as a Vacation Specialist and has been a part of the Finance team since 2005. In addition to her role as Staff Accountant, Jennifer also has her N.C. Real Estate license.

Jennifer lives in Wanchese with her fiancé and two daughters. They love the beach, boat rides, and family time at a nearby sand island in the summer. 

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Chris Spellman

Chris Spellman

Business Development

Raised on the Outer Banks, Chris is thrilled to be living back at the beach. He has worked up and down the coast of North Carolina, as well as in the Triangle area, gaining knowledge and experience in the field of property management. He has experience working in resorts as well as marketing and managing both vacation and long-term rental properties. He has been a licensed broker for over 12 years.

Chris lives in Southern Shores with his wife, daughter and their black lab named Moose. In his time off, Chris enjoys surfing, fishing, boating, riding his beach cruiser and spending time with friends and family cooking up all the great local seafood and produce the beach has to offer. Outdoors and near the water is where you are most likely to find him on a nice day. 

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Heather Sholar

Heather Sholar

Property Coordinator

A lover of local culture, Heather is most happy when she is home on the Outer Banks. Raised in historic Manteo, on Roanoke Island, she enjoys going on outdoor excursions and learning all about history.

Heather attended college in the San Francisco Bay Area for Fish & Wildlife Biology and is delighted to be back on the beach and part of the Seaside Vacations family, serving as property coordinator. During her free time she is often found fishing, painting, and hiking with her husband and son.

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Katie Tarus

Katie Tarus

Property Coordinator- Nc Provisional Broker

Katie, originally from Romania, has lived on the Outer Banks for over 10 years. Katie has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Public Policy University of Babes Bolyai from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Graduate of College of Albemarle in Office Administration. 

For the last five years Katie has been involved in property management on the Outer Banks and believes customer service is her best asset. Her belief is any problem can be solved by being a proactive team player. She brings her colorful personality and unique passion for rental homes to the table, and delivering homeowners' expectations is her priority. 

Katie is mom to her son, Tristan, and in her spare time she is an avid runner and member of the Outer Banks Running Club.   

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Felicia Bias

Felicia Bias

Property Coordinator-Nc Licensed Broker

Felicia Bias is originally from Wichita, Kansas. Her family moved to the Outer Banks in 1995. After she graduated from high school in 2003, she started working in reservations and has had a passion for vacational rentals ever since.

Felicia joined Seaside Vacations in January of 2015. In her free time she likes to stay active, so she participates in adult parks and recreation sports (softball), and certain days of the week you will find her at the YMCA attending Zumba classes and other group exercising classes.

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Nancy McKinley

Nancy McKinley

Property Coordinator

Nancy brings to Seaside Vacations 25 years of experience in management in service industries and direct sales marketing. Starting with Seaside in guest services, she now works as a property coordinator in the company's Corolla office.  Although Nancy had lived in the Southwest  for five years, she is now a permanent resident of Kitty Hawk and is enjoying her house on the sound with her husband and their resident “pair of ospreys,” who return year after year. 

Nancy loves to fish and can cook up a mean bushel of crabs on a moment’s notice. She is looking forward to working with the owners of Seaside Vacations this year and making it a stellar year. With her great people skills, both owners and guests will think that they have found the perfect fit  for their vacation homes and vacation dreams. 

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Tayler Bunch

Tayler Bunch

Property Coordinator

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Kevin Simmons

Kevin Simmons

Property Coordinator

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Michelle Copeland

Michelle Copeland

Business Development Director

Michelle was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina - the only girl in a family of six. She moved to the Outer Banks in 1996 and began her real estate career with Outer Banks Ltd. In 1999, Michelle obtained her North Carolina Real Estate License and began helping buyers and sellers with their real estate needs in and around these barrier islands that are often referred to as OBX.

During that time, Michelle graduated from the REALTOR Institute and received her Recreational and Resort Sales Council Designation. Michelle currently serves on the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS' Property Management Committee and the Professional Standards Committee.  She work with the Sonder Project and serves on the Board of Project Feed in addition to being a member of the Outer Banks Homebuilders Association.

In her spare time Michelle enjoys stand up paddleboarding, biking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

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Kelly Allman

Kelly Allman

Director Of Marketing

Kelly joined Seaside Vacations in August of 2015, bringing two decades of experience in the marketing communications field. Prior to Seaside, she spent 16 years at Marina Maher Communications in New York City, where she held two leadership positions managing clients across several industries and a broad range of needs, including Procter & Gamble, Swarovski, Tag Heuer and Merck.

Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President of Event Marketing – a division Kelly was responsible for creating and cultivating into an award-winning and results-driven sector of the business.   Kelly currently resides in Southern Shores with her husband, Ron and their daughter, Evyn, along with the newest addition to the family, Bella, a golden-doodle puppy. When not at the office, Kelly enjoys biking, entertaining and spending time on the beach with her family.    

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Chad Fournier

Chad Fournier

Digital Asset Manager

After a 15-year career in the radio industry, Chad joined the Seaside Vacations team in 2015. Chad holds a wealth of digital and promotions experience, most recently serving as the promotions director/digital manager for WBUZ in Nashville, Tennessee.  Chad has won several ADDY awards, including “Best in Show” at the 2004 FAAF. Chad is a graduate of the Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Detroit, Michigan.

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Brennan Jones

Brennan Jones

Operations Manager - Property Services

Brennan has an extensive history with Seaside Vacations that ranges through all aspects of the company over a 10-year period. Brennan began his career with Seaside Vacations in his teens, starting in the maintenance department and working his way through the housekeeping and pool and spa departments before attending East Carolina University (ECU).

Upon graduation from ECU in 2008, Brennan successfully completed all of the requirements to earn his N.C. Broker’s License and returned to Seaside Vacations with a position in the marketing department. During his time with the marketing team, Brennan helped increase the online traffic substantially.

In 2013, Brennan transitioned to his current role as operations manager of the pool & spa department. 

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Melinda Harris

Melinda Harris

Guest Services Representative

A North Carolina native, born in Lumberton, NC, Melinda moved to the Outer Banks in 1997 after vacationing here for years. She thought that the vacation rental business was her calling. Seaside Vacations has been fortunate to have her on our team for several years as a seasoned Vacation Specialist sharing the OBX experience with others.

Melinda lives in Manteo and has two sons, Travis and Landon. She loves spending time with her family and cats and she always enjoys the beach every chance she gets. She also a great cook. Be sure to ask her about her North Carolina barbeque - it's legendary.

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Kelley Horton

Kelley Horton

Guest Services Representative

Kelley brings with her over 14 years of experience in rental vacations to Seaside Vacations. She loves making people’s vacation dreams come true. She prides herself on her friendly, fun, professional customer service and knowledge of the Outer Banks. With past experience as Head of Guest Services and Housekeeping Manager, she is excited to share and grow with Seaside Vacations.

Kelley lives in Kill Devil Hills. Her love for the ocean and water will always tie her to the islands here. In her spare time, she can be found kayaking with friends or on the beach enjoying the life here on the Outer Banks. She has two amazing kids and a beautiful grandson, Sebastian. She draws her strength and love from her fantastic friends and family. Be sure to ask her about the locals' favorite hot spots for fun and kayaking. 

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Erin Stone

Erin Stone

Guest Services Representative

A West Virginia native, Erin began vacationing on the Outer Banks as an infant.  Some of her fondest childhood memories include watching the construction of the Elizabeth II and observing the launching in 1987.  After college and working for 15 years in the medical and law industries.  Erin decided it was time to pursue her long term goal of becoming a resident of the Outer Banks.  In the summer of 2015 she made this dream a reality.  Erin now resides on Roanoke Island with her fiance and their two dogs.  In her free time Erin enjoys time at the beach, especially with friends and family, and crafting.  

Erin obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration concentrating in Business Law and completed graduate work in Strategic Leadership at Mountain State University.  

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Barbara Olds

Barbara Olds

Guest Services

As a Norfolk, VA native, Barbara frequently spent her summers on the Outer Banks enjoying water sports and fishing. Since moving to the OBX in 1979, she has spent the majority of her career in the real estate and construction industries. She has a deep appreciation for the family beach atmosphere for which the Outer Banks is so well known.

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Courtney Quick

Courtney Quick

Guest Services Representative

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Sammy Fadel

Sammy Fadel

Maintenance Technician

Sammy has worked in property management as a maintenance technician for 7 years. His strength as a maintenance technician is his dedication to customer service and his reliability to complete tasks in a reasonable manner.

Sammy worked as a computer operations manager for a national bank for 21 years and found that he was too young to retire and wanted to try some other venues. He also worked in multiple aspects of construction for years.

In his spare time Sammy likes to read and spend time with his family, especially his grandson.

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