vernVern J. Bender is a native of Saginaw, Michigan He has been a property owner at Ocean Isle Beach since 1979. Mr. Bender received a BS degree in marketing from Michigan State University in 1962. Vern has over 35 years of field and corporate executive experience in retail and financial management . He has held various field and national management positions with Sears, Roebuck & Co., Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Bender served as Chief Operating Officer for the retail division of Grantree Furniture Corp. of Portland, Oregon. He also ran a retail division for Reliable Stores, Inc. of Columbia, Maryland. Later, he served as Chief Executive Officer of a Transamerica Corp. asset management company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. He created a business plan and led the plan’s execution for Transamerica’s exit of a billion dollar asset portfolio.


Additionally, through his Bender Consulting Group, Inc, he has a successful track record in managing turn-around and/or work-outs, strategic planning and new business development for companies within the retail industry and the commercial finance industry.

Vern is a local historian at Ocean Isle Beach. He also enjoys scuba diving and saltwater fishing. His children, Stacey Bender and Matthew Bender reside in Portland, Oregon where Vern maintains a vacation home in the foot hills of Mount Hood.