Ryson Real Estate & Vacation Rentals - 15th Anniversary Milestone Infographic

Ryson celebrated 15 years of business in 2021, and continues to strive to be not only the best, but the market leader for vacation rentals on Galveston Island. Ryson Vacation Rentals is an award-winning company, regularly nominated for Best Resort Rental Company by Galveston.com and the Galveston Chamber of Commerce for Small Business, and is also a great place to work.

Ryson Real Estate was founded in 2006, and the owner, Jason Keeling, a Texas A&M University graduate, had invested in a single vacation rental property shortly after. This investment allowed Ryson the opportunity to create a vacation rental division to manage additional properties owned by others.

Ryson Vacation Rentals reached one of its first goals by managing 100 vacation homes by 2012. Most of the original properties were on the West End.

Wanting to provide a great vacation experience, Gulf Coast Concierge was launched in 2015, which has provided more custom and personal guest experiences.

Ryson began accommodating properties in town and on the East End, and by 2019, Ryson was managing 200 vacation rentals.

Ryson’s Luxury Collection was launched in 2020, offering the best of the best of Galveston vacation rentals. This exclusive selection of high-end luxury vacation rentals offered unbeatable locations, breathtaking views and deluxe private amenities.

By October of 2021, Ryson was excited to announce its acquisition of a local RE/MAX franchise. This new endeavor would mean more agents associated with Ryson and more opportunities to grow.

Ryson currently manages close to 300 vacation rental properties in Galveston; spanning the entire length of the island East to West. From beachfront, beachside, bay and canal front, bayside, in town, condos, private homes, pet friendly, to community resorts, and so much more.

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.

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.

OPERATIONS – MAINTENANCE & PROPERTY CARE: These two teams work hand in hand to make sure all vacation homes are in the best possible condition and ready for arrival on check-in day.

OWNER 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. Once a homeowner is signed up with Ryson, the Owner Services team continues to work closely with our owners and the rest of the Ryson team to answer questions and resolve issues as they arise.

MARKETING: In-house team handles the Ryson family of websites, third-party partner platforms (AirBnB, Vrbo, Expedia, Booking.com, Marriott, etc.), SEO, optimization, photography, videography, 3D floor plans, advertising, monthly newsletter, and participates in community events. Our team has close to 40 years of combined experience in the vacation rental and hospitality industry.

GULF COAST CONCIERGE (GCC): In-house concierge service 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.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT (long term) – This team manages tenants and maintenance of Ryson’s approximately 100 long term rentals.

RE/MAX – LEADING EDGE (real estate): Local licensed Texas agents are experts in all things Galveston and look forward to assisting clients in the buying and selling of real estate.

Ryson is proud to provide an economic benefit to our local community, as Ryson team now consists of about 70 full-time employees and part-time contractors, of which almost all live in Galveston County, right here on Galveston Island, and Ryson has generated over a million dollars in Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) revenue, which support the tourism industry and the local economy.

Ryson is committed to the island’s community and is involved in many local and regional charities. We are active members  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 Real Estate and Vacation Rentals is committed to getting better and better every year. We look forward to continuing “Our Story” with all of our new team members, guests, clients and friends.

Where We’re Featured
Houston Chronicle | Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce
Galveston.com | Chamber of Commerce | Vacation Rental Formula