Kelley Rexroad, America’s HR Strategist™, is a renowned author and recognized expert on HR matters. An expert with front porch common sense, she has been called "the expert" by Fox Business News' Neil Cavuto, featured as an American Innovator in Fortune and in The Woman's Advantage Calendar-2009 and 2010, was the Tampa Bay's Business Woman of the Year Finalist-2007, heard on Sky Radio on American and Northwest Airlines and the Featured HR Guide on www.selfgrowth.com. Kelley's thoughts are shared at: http://kelleyrexroad.blogspot.com. What you may not know about Kelley, until now, is her lifelong passion for the Outer Banks.
Outer Banks Revealed: When did you first visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina and what makes you keep coming back?
Kelley: My parent took us in 1969 (and again in 1971) when you needed $1 bills to get gas at the automatic machines. Since then have returned numerous times in a tent and then in a house as we introduced more and more people to the wonders of the Outer Banks. Today, I think there are 6 families who return to the Outer Banks with others because we took them there. We get our Dune Burger and our Brew Thru shirt and head down 12. We always shop at the Avon Supermarket.
Outer Banks Revealed: What make the Outer Banks different from other beach vacation spots you've visited?
Kelley: There is nature and quiet and history and sun and beach — and being a Cape Hatteras National Seashore — I enjoy the patriotic treasures we have.
Outer Banks Revealed: What is your favorite Outer Banks town? Why?
Kelley: Avon. Love the people there. I was stuck there during a hurricane and the folks were the best. They remember us and are authentic and sharing.
Outer Banks Revealed: What is your favorite thing to do on the Outer Banks? Why?
Kelley: First, is to watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee in my hand then get in the 4 wheel drive and go to The Point with the dog, set out my chair and read and watch fishermen.
Outer Banks Revealed: If you met someone who never visited the Outer Banks, what are the top five things you would tell them they had to do? Why?
Kelley: I answer this reluctantly as one of the things I have seen change is the number of people who don't appreciate it as much as I do. You should visit the Outer Banks if you want to go to a place that every age can enjoy, if you enjoy amazing seafood; want to see the night sky as no where else My beau Brian could not believe the diamonds in the sky at night (he only knew Ocean City MD); are interested in the history of this nation and want to see the beauty your tax dollars can save. You should go to the Outer Banks if you want to participate in water sports or watch water sports. The wind surfing at the Canadian Hole is like no other. If you like romantic dinners, if you like little bookstores, if your vacation souvenir is a colorful tee shirt, great photos and memories, then you would like Outer Banks vacations. The BBQ from Bubba’s is good—but not quite the same as chatting about the Redskins with him. The pottery is amazing; the breakfast in Hatteras Village is inspiring. The shining of a lighthouse through the night is comforting like mountains are when you look up from the valley.
Outer Banks Revealed: What is the one thing that is at the top of your list of things you still want to do?
Kelley: We visit Ocracoke for day visits. I would like to stay there for a while and get to know that area. And I would like to write a book there.
Kelley and her family released the ashes of their dog Clutch there. He loved going to Hatteras and we knew we would also be able to "visit" him.