The Owner/Broker of CENTURY 21 Sail/Loft Realty is a native of Eastern North Carolina. I actually went to school in New Bern, but spent much of my childhood in Oriental. My Grandparents and my mother’s brother and sister and their families lived in Pamlico County and we visited them almost every weekend. After college, I moved to the mountains of North Carolina and lived there until 1985, when I sold my successful vending business and relocated to my favorite place in the world, Oriental. My wife and I live on the river and enjoy the many different boats we watch traveling the waterway. I have sailed most of my life, but when I’m not out exploring with potential real estate purchasers I now find the fishing in Pamlico County to be what appeals to me most. Come on Down!
Suzanne, an Eastern North Carolina native, has a lifetime fondness for Pamlico County and the relaxed lifestyle that it offers. As a child, Suzanne and her family were frequent visitors of Kennels Beach where they enjoyed fishing and boating on the majestic Neuse River.
A graduate of East Carolina University , Suzanne earned a BA in Psychology an EDS degree in Counselor Education. When she moved to New Bern , NC in 1975, Suzanne worked for the judicial system in Carteret, Craven and Pamlico Counties. She was a School Counselor for Pamlico County Schools for six years. After 30 years of employment with the state government, Suzanne retired in 2005 to join the team of CENTURY 21 Sail/Loft Realty as an Associate Broker. Suzanne will use her “listening” experience as a counselor to help you find the property you desire.
Suzanne is a member of the Oriental Women’s Club. She has also served on the Hodges Education Foundation, the Camp Seagull/Seafarer Outreach Committee, the Board of Directors for the Pamlico County Partnership for Children, the Pamlico County Criminal Justice Partnership, the Pamlico County Juvenile Prevention Council and the adjunct faculty of Wesleyan College.
Suzanne has always loved Pamlico County because it reminds her of the rural community where she grew up. Making a dream reality, Suzanne moved to Oriental, NC in 1991 and married Larry Gwaltney. Suzanne enjoys living on the Neuse River in Oriental, NC. Her favorite pastime is watching the boating activity and beautiful sunsets on the Neuse River. She and Larry also enjoy boating and exploring the river and creeks at their back door.
Janice Joyner Cox
Janice grew up in Rocky Mount, N.C., but spent her childhood summers fishing and crabbing with family at her grandparents’ cottage on the Pamlico Sound in Beaufort County. She earned a BA Degree in English and a Masters of Education from North Carolina State University. Following college graduation, she began a 25-year local government career with the City of Rocky Mount, N.C., serving more than twenty years as Human Resources Director. She served as Director of Human Resources with the Georgetown County School District in coastal South Carolina from 2004 – 2010.
Janice had the good fortune of relocating to Pamlico County in 2010 while her late husband, Cleve, was affiliated with Pamlico Community College. Her older son, Henry, now lives in Oriental; he is a graduate of Tri-County Technical College in Central, S.C. and works as a heating & air-conditioning technician in New Bern. Younger son, Jesse, lives in Raleigh where he is a student at N.C. State University; he also serves with the Army National Guard.
As an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Oriental, Janice serves on the church Vestry, as a Sunday Greeter, and as Chair of the Outreach Committee. When at home, she relishes time on her screened porch, where she is blessed with tranquil views of Dawson Creek and an abundance of marsh wildlife.
Janice is excited about her “new” career as an Associate Broker with Century 21 Sail/Loft Realty in Oriental, N.C. With a track record of customer focus and quality service, she enjoys providing professional real estate services that exceed client expectations. She takes great pleasure in meeting & developing relationships with potential Buyers & Sellers and in sharing her enthusiasm for the beauty and unique lifestyle found in eastern North Carolina. Contact Janice for assistance so that you, too, can “come home” to Pamlico County.
Cell Phone: 252-515-6364
Office Phone: 252-249-1787
Christopher L. Bensabat
Chris Bensabat joined our eastern North Carolina community in late 2014. He is originally from New Orleans and has lived along the Gulf Coast most of his life. Chris moved from the sailing capital of Texas (Clear Lake Shores) after living there 23 years. He was active in local government, having served as chairman of the planning and zoning board. Chris also supported many charities while residing on the Gulf Coast.
Chris received his Bachelors in Economics degree from Ole Miss and has a broad business based background with an emphasis in sales.
Past employers, after his service in U.S Navy as a submarine sailor, include NDBC/NOAA, Rocketdyne at NASA, Mobile Oil, Saipan Shipping, American President Lines, Guam Community College, in addition to running several of his own businesses. His previous experience in yachting and sailing, include actively racing, coaching at 3 universities and promotion of youth programs while serving on Race and Protest Committees.
Chris has already joined in the spirit of our community by working with the Oriental Food Initiative and helping host our inter-collegiate sailing regatta last year as well as sitting on a panel at the Town Hall and unloading new boats last winter when they arrived from Georgetown.
Chris enjoys cooking and supporting the good life in communities where he lives. He looks forward to discovering and sharing the beauty, nature and the people that lured him to Pamlico County and his new home town of Oriental.
Cell phone: 281-804-3122
Office Phone: 252-249-1787
Victoria Hardison is a Pamlico County native, spending most of her life in Arapahoe, NC. She has also lived in the New Bern area as well as in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised with an entrepreneurial spirit inherited from her grandparents and father, Victoria is a self-starter who loves to see each initiative through to successful completion. Her family owns a local restaurant where she learned a strong work ethic that she applies to all of her business endeavors.
Victoria graduated from Appalachian State University in 2007 with a BSBA, double majoring in Management and Hospitality & Tourism Management, with a minor in International Business. Post-college Victoria spent six months living abroad in Florence, Italy before returning home to Eastern North Carolina. After working a year and a half managing a bed & breakfast in Downtown New Bern, she started working as a Legal Assistant. Victoria began working with a very well-known regional law firm in New Bern then moved to Atlanta where she was responsible for assisting clients in the areas of Real Estate, Estate Administration, and commercial financing transactions.
Victoria currently serves as Town Clerk for the Town of Arapahoe. She is an active member and officer of the Order of the Eastern Star, continuing a long family history of involvement in that organization and its brother organization, the Masonic Order. Victoria values time spent with her family, including canning with her grandmother and boating with her father. She enjoys travel, cooking, reading, and researching her family history.
Victoria looks forward to serving the residents of Pamlico County with all of their real estate needs and she is excited to be able to assist potential new residents in the purchase of their new home in this beautiful area that she calls home.
Cell phone: 252-229-1721
Office Phone: 252-249-1787
Although no longer active in the business, we honor “Miss Anne”, as she is affectionately known to her co-workers and friends, as a co-founder of our company. Anne moved to Pamlico County with her husband, Joe, in the early 1970’s. Anne’s parents had retired to Oriental years earlier and several of her relatives, including her oldest sister, Helen, still lived there. Just prior to relocating, Anne and Joe sold their 2200-acre waterfront development near New Bern. This property is now known as the Fairfield Harbor Community.
Although the Gwaltneys had planned for an early retirement, it just wasn’t in the cards. Anne and Joe purchased a beautiful wooded 60-acre waterfront tract near Oriental, which is now the Sail/Loft subdivision. It wasn’t long before the Gwaltneys founded Sail/Loft Realty, Inc., the area’s oldest and most respected real estate company. Anne and Joe operated Sail/Loft Realty until 1985, when it was sold to their children. In 1992 “Miss Anne” came out of retirement to sell real estate when her son, Larry, purchased the family business from his siblings.
“Miss Anne” has recently retired as one of the full-time sales associates/brokers with Sail/Loft Realty, Inc. Her son, Larry, is the Broker-in-Charge. Anne is very active in her church and community. She is an avid bridge player and known by many for her generosity and gracious hospitality. (Lovingly written by her son Larry)