Jim Braddock was born and raised in North Carolina's smallest city- Morganton. He graduated from The McCallie School in 1960 and NC State University in 1964. His life experiences include a tour in Vietnam with the US Army Corps of Engineers, 30 years with the IBM Corporation (In just 2 cities-Richmond, VA and Atlanta, GA).
He and his wife of 50+ years first bought at Ocen Iasle Beach in 1987. After retiring from IBM, Sarah and Jim started Braddock Built Renovations, a custom home and residential renovations business in Atlanta. In 2004 they turned over the reigns of that company to their daughter Betsy Palmer who operates it in Shallotte, NC today. Jim and Sarah moved full time to Ocean Isle Beach in 2007. They are active with Shallotte Presbyterian Church, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, and the Ocean Isle Beach Land Conservancy.
They have 2 children, son Jay and daughter Betsy and 2 beautiful 10 year old granddaughters, Rachel Braddock and Powell Palmer.
Jerry Rothenberg was born and raised in New Jersey. He went south as soon as he could, living in Virginia while attending Georgetown University and moving to Durham, N.C. for a graduate program at Duke University. He taught political science for 8 years, practically went broke, attended law school, and moved to Houston to work for Exxon Corporation as a tax attorney. Jerry relocated to Greensboro and became General Counsel for Gilbarco, Inc., a former Exxon subsidiary. He retired in 2004 (when the last of his four children graduated college) and became a full-time resident at Ocean Isle Beach.
Jerry and Ellen have been married for 50 years, even though Ellen is a rabid UNC basketball fan. Jerry is active on the boards of the Ocean Isle Property Owner's Association & Brunswick Homeless Coalition. He is Chairman of the Board and Trustee of the Museum of Coastal Carolina Foundation. He also does pro-bono legal work for a number of local non-profit organizations and deserving individuals.
Ellen Rothenberg was born and raised in New Jersey and married to Jerry for 50 years.
She worked as the manager of an employment agency and later as the assistant to the director of Duke's Department of Employee Relations. Having spent 7 years in Houston and 23 years in Greensboro, raised four children and volunteered many times as PTO president, 12 years with Girl Scouts, 18 years with Boy Scouts, running a day care center and running Emerald Marketing. After she moved full time to Ocean Isle Beach, she became one of the founding members and Vice President of Paws-Ability, a non profit organization that raises funds for the betterment of homeless animals and existing animal shelters and rescue groups in Brunswick County. She currently volunteers for the Museum of Coastal Carolina, BCAPS (animal shelter) and is webmaster for a number of websites. The Rothenbergs have four children and three grandchildren.
Wayne Rowell has been a full time resident of Ocean Isle Beach since February 2008. He and his wife Linda have owned property at Ocean Isle since 1997.He is a retired CPA having worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers early in his career and then owning his own firm for the past thirty years. He has served on numerous boards including Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Board of Mint Hill, NC for 15 years. While serving as chairman he oversaw the construction of a 55 acre park in the Town of Mint Hill. He currently is serving as a commissioner on the Town of Ocean Isle Beach. Ocean Isle Beach Land Conservancy Board, Treasurer of The Ocean Isle Beach Garden Club and volunteers his time to the LOGOS program and Beach Ministry of the Shallotte Presbyterian Church.
Wayne's wife of 45 years is Linda and their three grown children are John, Richard, and Mark. They have two grandchildren with a third on the way. Wayne is an avid sports fan and loves to walk on the beach and read. He also likes gardening and working in the yard. He coached youth sports teams for 20 years in the Mint Hill community.
Wayne received his BS Degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting from the University of South Carolina and passed the CPA exam in the state of North Carolina. He is a lifetime member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.