Nelson “Skip” V. Jones Jr. was born in Hampton, Virginia. He was one of four boys, which prompted many childhood camping trips and outdoor activities. It wasn’t long before his parents introduced him to the Outer Banks in the mid 60’s. Surfing on the Outer Banks became one of Skip’s passions and ultimately led to him residing in Kill Devil Hills.
After graduating high school, Skip moved to North Carolina. He attended Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida and began studying Oceanography. During his time at school, he traveled back and forth from Florida and the Outer Banks. Skip obtained his Dive Master Certification and graduated on the Dean’s list with an Associate of Arts Degree. Upon graduating from Brevard Community College, Skip was accepted to University of North Carolina Wilmington; however, he decided to remain on the Outer Banks. Skip became a full time resident of Kill Devil Hills in 1976. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Skip pursued a career in construction.
Skip acquired his residential Contractor’s License in 1985 and his Real Estate License in 1986. Most recently, in 2017, he passed the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies Certification exam.
Over the years, Skip has contributed greatly to the Outer Banks community by serving on various local Boards and Committees. Skip served as the president of the Outer Banks Homebuilders Association and is currently a member of their Legislation Committee. He is an active member of the Dare County Tax Board of Equalization and Review and the First Bank Advisory Board. Skip has also served on various Kill Devil Hills’ Boards, which include: the Stakeholders Group on Building Height Regulation, the Planning Board, the Street Improvement and Special Projects Committee, and the Community Appearance Commission.
In December 2018, Skip was elected to fill a vacant seat on the Kill Devil Hills’ Board of Commissioners. As a member of the Kill Devil Hills’ Board of Commissioners, Skip’s desire is to represent the residents by listening to their ideas and concerns and voting on issues in a manner that signify their voices. With his knowledge of local history and his experience with local government, Skip’s goal is to use both this knowledge and experience to make decisions that are in the best interest of the residents and the Town.
Aside from serving his community, Skip enjoys spending his time with his wife Kaye Brown Jones who is his best friend and travel partner.