The Ryson History

Ryson Vacation Rentals was founded in 2006 and currently professionally manages well over 260 vacation rental homes in Galveston, Texas, from the East End, in town, to the West End, beachfront, beachside, bay or canal front, homes with private pools, pet friendly homes and offers a “Luxury Collection.”

Ryson manages vacation homes in most of the island’s subdivisions and condo resort communities – Beachtown, Preserve at Grand Beach, Beachside Village, Pirates Beach, Jamaica Beach, San Luis Resort, Sea Isle, Diamond Beach, Pointe West, Pointe San Luis, Indian Beach, Spanish Grant, Bermuda Beach, Sunny Beach, Terramar Beach, Bay Harbor, The Dawn, The Victorian, Casa del Mar, Emerald by the Sea, Anchor by Pleasure Pier, Maravilla, Seascape Resort, and more.

Ryson is committed to the island’s community and is involved in many local and regional charities, and is an active member of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, Chamber C-Crewe, Galveston Association of Rental Managers (GARM), the Galveston and Texas chapters of the Hotel Lodging Association, the Certified Tourism Ambassador program, the International Vacation Rentals Managers Association (VRMA), and the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Ryson continues to strive to be not only the best, but to be the market leader for vacation rentals on Galveston Island and a great place to work. Ryson Vacation Rentals is an award-winning company.

Ryson is proud to provide an economic benefit to our local community, as the Ryson team of around 50 full-time employees and part-time contractors who live in Galveston County, and Ryson has generated over a million dollars in Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) revenue, which support the tourism industry and the local economy.

Ryson Vacation Rentals is committed to getting better and better every year, and we look forward to continuing our story with all of our new friends and clients. Follow Ryson on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to keep up with us, our team, and of course, our vacation rentals.

Ryson Advantages

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Reservations

Local Vacation Planners are all Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTAs), so they not only are very well equipped to assist guests plan their vacation stays, but they all know the island and everything Galveston has to offer.

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Guest Services

This team is all Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTAs), who manage incoming phone calls and take care of guests with reservations and handle check-ins and check-outs to ensure every guest has a 5-star experience.

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Maintenance & Property Care

These two teams work hand in hand to make sure all vacation homes, almost 300, are in the best possible condition and ready for arrival on check-in day.

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Owners Services

If interested in renting your second home to generate additional income, Ryson would love to explain how we may be able to help achieve your goals with free consultations and market analysis of your home.

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Marketing

In-house team handles the Ryson family of websites, third-party partner platforms (AirBnB, Vrbo, Expedia, Booking.com, VTrips), SEO, optimization, photography, email campaigns, socials media and advertising. Ryson Facebook has well over 26,000 followers, and our YouTube receives close to 3,000 views every month.

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Gulf Coast Concierge

Our exclusive concierge service provided, Gulf Coast Concierge, offers options to create guest vacation memories, by offering special occasion packages & planning, bonfires on the beach, beach gear, exotic car, boat and golf car rentals, grocery delivery and more.

Our Team

Liz

General Manager

Liz joined Ryson in 2013 after many years in property management in Galveston and New Mexico. Liz is a BOI, growing up on a ranch on the west end of the island on Galveston Bay. She received her real estate license in 2006 and graduated from Galveston Community College in 2010 with an associate degree.

Martha

Office Manager

artha joined Ryson in 2013 after a long career in banking and many years spent living in Costa Rica. Martha and her husband moved to Galveston over 30 years ago with their two sons, eventually adding a BOI daughter to the mix. Martha is a Certified Tourism Ambassador for Galveston.

Rhonda

Project Manager

Rhonda joined Ryson’s team in 2021 as Project Manager. She has devoted her professional life to management, marketing, membership development, and PR which led her to this position at Ryson. Rhonda moved to Texas in 2014 for medical care for her daughter and it became one of the most awe-inspiring moves of her life! Knowing the importance of family and friends, being passionate about water, and possessing a firm belief in God, Rhonda has devoted her time to managing business activities and objectives.

Tausha

Owner Relations Manager

Tausha started with Ryson in January of 2011 as a Reservationist and moved into the Owner Liaison position in March 2018. Prior to working at Ryson, Tausha was a Flight Attendant, did accounting work for a helicopter company and has over 20 years of administrative experience. Although Tausha wasn’t actually born on the island, her mom was and raised Tausha here most of her life.

Christine

Senior Property Acquisition Manager

Christine joined Ryson Vacation Rentals in February 2013, bringing over 20 years of real estate brokerage and mortgage brokerage experience to Ryson. A graduate of Texas A&M University, licensed real estate broker, and a Certified Tourism Ambassador, Christine appreciates all aspects of the hospitality industry. Christine began in the reservations department, worked as an assistant manager of vacation rentals and now is the property acquisition manager.

Bryan

Revenue Manager/Property Acquisition Specialist

Bryan has been in the real estate industry for over 18 years as a Realtor, Property Management Company owner, builder and real estate developer. He sold his company in 2010 and moved to Galveston to take a position as Director of Business Development for NRG’s Home Services division in Houston for 4 years. Always loving the hospitality side of the business, he experienced a steep learning curve running a Bed & Breakfast in Virginia Beach.

Whitney

Luxury Collection Coordinator/Property Acquisition Specialist

Whitney joined Ryson Vacation Rentals in September of 2021 as the Luxury Collection Coordinator. Prior to working for Ryson, Whitney worked in Facility management, medical office personnel, and administration. She moved to Galveston as a empty- nester in August of 2021 from Arkansas to be closer to her son, who is a college athlete at Texas A&M up in College Station.

Jacquelyn

Property Acquisition Specialist

Jacqueline joined the Ryson team in the summer of 2017. Jacqueline loves working with all the different departments within the office. She works one on one with homeowners to improve and maintain Ryson’s properties year-round. In addition, she tries her best to ensure the overall quality of the guest experience. When Jacqueline is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two wonderful children and husband.

Jenn

Office Assistant

Jenn joined Ryson’s Vacation Rental team in November of 2018. She is originally from Georgetown, TX, but moved to Galveston 25 years ago. She has a dog named Diesel and welcomed a son in May of 2021. She likes to hunt and fish on her off time. She enjoys eating at Huli Hut and attending Mardi Gras. She recommends checking out the Strand whenever you visit the island.

Mandy

Marketing Director

Mandy joined Ryson Vacation Rentals in February 2019, has been working with island vacation rentals since 2013. All of her adult life was spent in tourism, travel, information and technical sectors, and she got her start in the hotel industry as a teen when working for her family’s many businesses. Mandy received her degree in Interactive Media and Web Design from the Art Institute, is a licensed real estate agent, Certified Tourism Ambassador, Certified Tax Preparer, and has completed courses in marketing, business, programming, networking, organic SEO, and keyword search.

Thomas

Videographer & Social Media Coordinator

Thomas joined the Ryson team in February 2020 after moving to Galveston in the summer of 2019. He has over 5 years of experience in video production ranging from YouTube comedy sketches to writer and producer of a student television show. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Howard Payne University in 2017 and graduated with a Masters degree in Media Studies from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2019.

Amy

Graphic Designer & Event Coordinator

Amy joined the Ryson team in February 2015, she worked for Ryson for 4 years, took a brief leave of absence and returned in May 2020. She loves being a part of the vacation rental industry and couldn’t stay away. For the last 15 years, Amy has been doing marketing, event planning and graphic design for various companies, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. In December 2020, she married her soulmate and best friend, they have an adorable Pomeranian named Sadie and a black cat with one ear named Jinx.

Jade

Photographer & Content Creator

Jade joined Ryson in August 2021 as the Photographer and Content Creator. She has two dogs. Their names are Lucy and Duke; she is 110% a dog mom. Most of her family lives where she is originally from, Oregon. She has lived in Galveston for 2 years, but moved to Texas 3 years ago for an internship in Houston. She graduated from Chemeketa Community College with her Associates degree and then went on to Oregon State University to Major in Art History and Photography.

April

Guest Services Manager

April F. joined Ryson two days before Hurricane Harvey after transferring with her husband from Austin, TX. April is an IBC, Islander by Choice, and loves waking every morning to see the beautiful sunrises coming over the Gulf. April volunteers for organizations such as Alzheimer’s Association and DBSA.

Maria

Guest Services Assistant Manager

Maria joined the Ryson team in May of 2018. Maria invested many years in the Hospitality Industry as a Supervisor but put a pause on her career to be a full time mom. After dedicating her time to her children, she decided to get back into the swing of things and has been a part of the team ever since.

Vanessa

Guest Services

Vanessa joined the Ryson team in January of 2021 in Guest Services. Prior to working at Ryson she worked in the hotel and hospitality industry for several years before receiving the opportunity to work at Ryson full time. She is a BOI (born on island) so she knows her way around the island very well. Her first language was Spanish and English was something she picked up on through children in her neighborhood, TV and school.

Andrea

Guest Services

Andrea joined Ryson in April 2021 in Guest Services. She was born and raised in Galveston and has been here the entire time. Prior to working at Ryson she was in the banking industry and decided she wanted a change. Andrea loves shopping and walking on the beach. Most of her time though is spent with her daughters enjoying the outdoors.

Ellen

Reservation Sales Manager

Ellen began her Ryson career in February of 2013 after graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Maritime Studies and minor in Anthropology from Texas A&M in 2012. (Whoop!) Ellen is a member of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce “C-Crewe” and is a Certified Tourism Ambassador. She is a Daughter of the Republic of Texas and enjoys volunteering with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Christi

Assistant Reservation Sales Manager

Christi started with Ryson Vacation Rentals in February of 2019. Previously she worked with investors; handling complete renovations, wholesales, short-term and long-term rentals since 2015, and she is also a Certified Tourism Ambassador. Christi’s family came to Galveston in the early 1900’s, and she has lived in Galveston County her entire life.

Mary Jo

Vacation Planner

Mary Jo joined the Ryson Vacation Rental team in February 2019, and most of her earlier career involved radio, newspaper and magazine advertising sales. As a CTA, Mary Jo enjoys finding the perfect property for our guests, helping them create the perfect vacation for their family and assisting them in all the choices of Ryson’s in-house concierge service, Gulf Coast Concierge, has to offer.

Angela G.

Vacation Planner

Angela joined the Ryson Vacation Rental team in February 2019. She has over 16 years experience in the hospitality industry and has worked at many restaurants and hotels on the island. Angela is a Galveston native. She graduated from Ball High School and Galveston College. She loves learning about the history of our unique island and officially became a CTA in 2019.

Kassie

Vacation Planner

Kassie joined Ryson Vacation Rentals team in 2018 after she moved to the island in 2017 from Dickinson, Texas, where she grew up. Kassie’s favorite place to be, is on the beach, enjoying the Texas heat, with her two kids, Ava and Jr. Kassie says, “Galveston has attached itself to my heart and became home to my kids and I, all while Ryson has become my family!”

Donzell

Operations Director

Donzell joined Ryson in January of 2018 with 5 years of previous hospitality experience with hotels and vacation rentals. He graduated from Ball High in 2011, graduated from College of the Mainland, became a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) in 2013, earned his associate’s degree in Marketing and a certificate of Revenue Management from eCornell in 2014.

Denisa

Operations Assistant Manager

Denisa joined Ryson in Febuary 2018 and already had over ten years of vacation rental industry experience. Prior to vacation rentals, Denisa worked in the restaurant business for 25 years as an area General Manager. Denisa moved from Asheville, North Carolina to Galveston in 2009, but also lived on the island back in the 70’s and attended Ball High. Denisa has three kids, five grand-kids and two cats. She loves art, painting, poetry, and cooking.

Sheryl

Operations Administrative Assistant

Sheryl joined Ryson in June 2020 as the Property Care Admin, bringing 40 years of technical writing from the oil & gas industry. She likes to fish, her husband of 25 years Ray took her on a fishing trip for their first date. She has a son named Jay and while Jay was in school (all 12 years) she was always on the PTA board. A couple of positions Sheryl held were President and Treasurer.

Stephanie

Operations Dispatcher

Stephanie joined the Ryson team in July 2021 as the operations dispatcher for maintenance. She has 4 grown children, 3 boys and 1 girl and has 3 small dogs! She grew up coming to Galveston with her family, but is originally from Dallas. Her Gigi had 2 houses one in Surfside and one in Crystal beach. For ten years prior to coming to Galveston, she was a bondsman in East Texas and before that she was a loan officer.

Scarlett

Operations Guest Liaison

Scarlett joined Ryson in May 2021 as Operations Guest Liaison. She has 2 kids and one large cat named Henry. She grew up in California before moving to Missouri where she built a ranch on 20 acres. In February of 2021 she moved to Cypress, Texas. Upon her first visit to Galveston she knew she found home and moved down in July 2021.

Candace

Property Care Manager

Candace joined the Ryson team in January 2020 and recently graduated with her Associates in General Studies. Candace was born and raised on the island. Her and her husband have two children, Amaya and Julian and a dog named Bebe. Candace loves crafting, especially home decor projects on a budget.

Helen

Housekeeping Manager

Helen joined the Ryson team in March 2018. Helen is a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) and brought with her over 20 years in guest service, switchboard and housekeeping experience. Helen has lived on the island over 30 years and considers it to be home. She has three sons: James, Jason and Justin, eleven grand-kids and a little dog, Safari, and most of her free time is dedicated to her grand-kids and Safari.

Kim

Housekeeping Assistant Manager

Angela N.

Housekeeping Team Lead

Kristi

Housekeeping Team Lead

Keshia

Laundry Team Lead

Chase

Maintenance Technician

Chase joined the Ryson team in July 2020 as a Maintenance Technician for vacation rentals. He was born and raised in Galveston, but currently lives in Texas City and is about to move to Dickinson. He has an 8-year-old son Chase and a cat named Goku. He enjoys being outside and his hobbies include fishing, hunting and gaming.

John

Maintenance Technician

John joined the Ryson team in July of 2021 as a Maintenance Technician. He is originally from Georgia, and has lived in many states, but has settled in Galveston since March of 2021 with his wife, 4 step kids, and a few pets. John enjoys fishing, camping, grilling, and spending time with is grandson. John likes Christmas time and Mardi Gras in Galveston, and bonfires on the beach.

Bobby

Maintenance Technician

Bobby joined the Ryson team in September 2021 as a Maintenance Technician. He is from Houston and used to visit Galveston for years before deciding to move in 2008. He is married and has 5 children and enjoys spending time with them fishing or going to the beach. One of his favorite events in Galveston is Mardi Gras and enjoys the holiday season on the island.

Robert

Maintenance Technician

Rob joined the Ryson team in August 2021 as a Maintenance Technician. Rob lives in Texas City, but enjoys coming to the island for the beach. Before joining Ryson he used to install sheetrock. One of his favorite events is the Lone Star Biker Rally and also recommends checking out one of the Ghost tours because of of the island is known to see of few ghosts.

Jacob

Maintenance Technician

Tony

Maintenance Technician

Tony joined the Ryson team in September of 2021 as a Maintenance Technician. Tony is a BOI, born on island, and has one daughter. He enjoys fishing on the island and hanging with his dog. Tony’s favorite time of year is 4th of July for the fireworks that cover the island.

John

Maintenance Technician

John joined the Ryson team in October 2021 as a Maintenance Technician. John is from Houston and currently lives in Pearland. He likes teaching, playing disc golf and going to The Spot for there piña colada. HIs favorite time of year in Galveston is around Christmas, where he goes to see the lights at Moody Gardens.

Laura

Inspector

Laura joined the Ryson team in January 2014. Before moving to the island after becoming a single parent, Laura lived and worked in Fort Worth, Texas. She worked with a property manager there for 10 years as a Leasing Agent and eventually the District Director. While raising her daughter, she received her nursing license and specialized in IV therapy and and extensive wound care.

Rielly

Inspector

Rielly joined Ryson in October 2020 as an Inspector. She is a mom she a two year old daughter and a dog named Piper. She has been on the island for well over a year and has been pursuing a career in hospitality after wanting a change from healthcare. She enjoys shopping and walking around the Historical Strand District.

Sara

Inspector

Sara joined Ryson in April of 2020 as an Inspector. She is from Sante Fe and still currently resides there. Sara has two dogs named Sypsy and Roxy. She used to be a photographer and still enjoys taking photos and painting. One of her favorite events in Galveston is the Lone Star Biker Rally and Mardi Gras. She also enjoys the Historical Strand District for the shops and food.

Kiea

Inspector

Kiea joined Ryson in October of 2021 as an Inspector. She is from Galveston Island. She has recently moved to La Marque with her daughter, Ziyana. Her daughter and her go to the beach often or walk around the Strand. They both enjoy going to LaKing’s Chocolate factory and other fun activities that the island has to offer.

Venus

Inspector

Venus joined the Rson team in July 2020 as a housekeeper, and has now changed to the Inspector. She is originally from California, but moved out here 2 years ago. She has 2 brothers, a sister, and family that lives in Galveston. She enjoys roller blading on the Seawall and taking walks with her dog. Venus enjoys going to the Strand for Stuttgarden or Huli Huli Hut.

Tina

Housekeeping

Esmeralda

Housekeeping