Meet Our Agents

Brenda Benson, Managing Broker, REALTOR/Broker, ABR, GRI, RRS

Brenda BensonBrenda remembers the "good old days" when coming to Emerald Isle involved catching the ferry from the mainland to get to the beach. Accommodations were staying at the Emerald Isle Motel or camping out. Mountains of sand dunes were everywhere and shelling was outstanding. She was fortunate enough to spend one full week every year in Emerald Isle with her family.

Then one day in August of 1980, she decided to make the best decision of her life to move permanently from Durham, NC to Emerald Isle. No more leaving on Sunday afternoon feeling depressed and already planning for the next weekend to come back. Accounting was her background until she was offered the opportunity to sell real estate part time. In 1992, she decided to make real estate her full time career and has never looked back.

She strives to sell real estate using Disney's "under promise and over deliver" philosophy. Should you or your friends ever need a REALTOR, please contact her at or 910-459-3511

Stephanie Warren, (ABR, CRS, GRI., SFR)

Stephanie WarrenSince moving to North Carolina in 1980 with her husband Ron, Stephanie has been entrenched in the real estate business. She has taught salesman and broker pre-licensing courses and enjoys helping her fellow agents rise to the challenges of our ever-changing industry. She has felt the "magic" of our beautiful Emerald Isle since first going over the hi-rise bridge in 1979. In late 1988, she and Ron decided to work where they wanted to live and they never regret that decision for a minute. It continues to be truly rewarding to give caring, professional service to so many friends, both new and old. Don't hesitate to call Stephanie for up-to-the-minute market information, free comparative market analyses, tax information and investment analyses, and advice on decorating or repairs. Call her at (252)646-3119 or email

Wally Bowles, Broker

Wally BowlesMy first visit to the Crystal Coast of North Carolina was in 1990 and instantly fell in love with the area. I have owned my home in Emerald Isle since 1995. In 2006, my wife and I decided take up full time residence here in Emerald Isle. My previous business experience consisted of over 25 years working in procurement for several large multi-national corporations. I will use my extensive training, knowledge, and background in negotiating when I represent you. Whether I am working for you in buying or selling a home, I will use my skills to ensure that you get the best deal possible. I know the area very well and all it has to offer someone looking for a full time residence, second home or vacation retreat. As an agent who's an expert in this local area, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate here. Call me at (252)269-0526 or email and visit my website at

Joanna Scales, ABR, CRS, GRI, Broker, RSPS (Resort and Second Home Specialist), SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource

Joanna ScalesJoanna has been active in the real estate market since 1986. She started her real estate career in the Cary area of North Carolina, where she helped hundreds of families find their perfect home in the Raleigh/Durham metro area. Now, a permanent resident of Emerald Isle for the last 10 years, she enjoys introducing people to the area and coastal living lifestyle she loves. Originally from the northeast, Joanna and her husband, Russ both came to eastern North Carolina via East Carolina University. It was an easy decision to stay south and enjoy the good life! Joanna knows great communication and attention to detail are the fundamentals for a successful real estate transaction. She is also dedicated to her profession with a commitment to continuing education, achievement of professional designations, and participation in the local Board of Realtors by serving on the Education Committee and Awards Committee. "Emerald Isle and the surrounding areas provide the perfect setting for year round living and/or investment opportunities. Let me use my experience, knowledge, and professionalism to help you find your perfect home, beach getaway, or investment property." Call Joanna at (252) 659-2590 for "Experience you can depend on - Service beyond your expectations" or email her at

Martha Martin, Broker, ABR, CRS, SFR

Martha MartinPrior to moving to North Carolina, I sold real estate in Virginia. My husband, Don, and I enjoyed staying in our home at Emerald Isle on weekend and holidays. My dreams were realized when we became permanent residents in Emerald Isle. Because of my experience selling real estate along with my appreciation for the area, I decided to become a Broker/Realtor in the area as well. Originally from Southside Virginia, I taught business before going into real estate. My family and I absolutely love the coastal life and the warm and friendly community here at Emerald Isle. Our son, who teaches in the area, resides with his children in Carteret County

I love working with people (and their pets as well as their children) and would like to work with you whether you are looking for a place to raise a family, a place to retire, a weekend getaway, or investment property. My goal is to make your buying and/or selling a positive experience. Please give me a call at 252-808-5356 or email me at Thank you!

Sheila O’Shea, Broker, ABR

Sheila O'SheaSheila O’Shea’s background is in working in intrapersonal relationships and customer service, having graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Nursing and having owned and operated a Ski Lodge in the Catskills.

After moving to Emerald Isle to find relief from the snow and ice, the Real Estate business seemed a good fit. The reward of working with and participating with great people in the challenge of finding the perfect beach home or residence has been a source of gratification in "getting it closed and with a happy customers".

Sheila has been doing just that since the mid 80’s. Making the real estate purchase as comfortable as possible for her customer/clients. Call her at (252)422-1685 or email

Cahl Holt, Broker

Cahl HoltGrowing up here on Emerald Isle has given me a unique appreciation for the area. After serving in the United States Army Special Forces for 12 years and the past 7 years working as a Security Advisor for the US Government, I decided it was time for me to settle down back home. I always knew that this would be where I give my children roots. I cannot think of a better place to raise children than here on the Crystal Coast. That being said it gives me great joy to continue to serve the community by assisting those local to the area as well as those in search of relocating to the area in finding the perfect home for your family’s specific needs. Allow me to make your buying or selling experience as fun and stress free as possible! Feel free to contact me at 252-241-6409 or

Gena Cook, Broker

Gena CookAs a native of the Crystal Coast, Gena Cook will be your best asset when marketing your home for sale, looking for an investment property, a first time home purchase, or looking for that special vacation get away.

Gena offers the highest level of service, making YOU, her top priority and will exceed your highest expectations. She will follow through, keep you informed, and pay attention to every detail of your transaction. This level of service is what Gena prides herself with, and what sets her aside from the rest. As a member of Onslow and Carteret MLS Boards of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors, she can assist you with all your Real Estate needs.

Gena has a wonderful husband, twin daughters, 2 beautiful grandsons, and is also "owned" by 2 English Bulldogs," Lily" and "Banks". She is proud to be here with Sun-Surf Realty in Emerald Isle , the #1 company in the area! Contact Gena at 910-382-6235 or