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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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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In-house team handles the Ryson family of websites, third-party partner platforms (AirBnB, Vrbo, Expedia,, 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


General Manager

Rhonda joined Ryson’s team in 2021 as Project Manager and was promoted to General Manager the very next year. 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.


Assistant General Manager

April F. joined Ryson two days before Hurricane Harvey as the Guest Services Manager, after transferring with her husband from Austin, TX. April has proven her strengths in so many aspects at Ryson and is now helping oversee all of Ryson as the Assistant General Manager. 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.


Owner Relations Manager

Tausha started with Ryson in January of 2011 as a Reservationist and moved into the Owner Liaison position in March 2018 and has transitioned into the Owner Relations Manager. 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.


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.


Luxury Collection Coordinator/ Owner Relations Coordinator

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.


Property Acquisition Specialist

Jacquelyn 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 Jacquelyn is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two wonderful children and husband.


Admin 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.


Guest Services and Reservation 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.


Guest Services and Reservation Assistant 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.


Guest Services / Vacation Planner

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.


Guest Services / Vacation Planner

Angilecque joined Ryson in April of 2022 and has had years of customer service experience and has been in the restaurant business for many years as well. She loves to eat seafood at Katie’s Seafood House (her family’s place). She was born and raised on the Island. Although, she spends most of her time being with her children, she still finds time to bake, long board and paint at night.

Mary Jo

Guest Services / 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.

Guest Services / 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.


Guest Services / 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!”


Director of Operations

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Housekeeping Assistant Manager / Inventory Specialist

Angela N.

Housekeeping Team Lead


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Laundry Team Lead


Operations Dispatcher

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.


Operations Dispatcher

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.