About 979

Meet The 979 Leadership Team

Steven | President & Co-Founder - Growth & Property Management

Steven started 979 after 19 years in residential real estate sales (previously growing one of the largest and most successful brokerages in his area) and property management representing investors in TX and IL. He became involved in vacation rentals after he and his wife purchased a Gulf Coast vacation home to be used as a short-term rental years ago. He discovered through his own experience, there was significant room for improvement when it came to traditional management firms' antiquated marketing methods, rental performance, quality control/cleanliness and home care/maintenance. He saw a real gap and seized the opportunity to systematize and consistently deliver a delightful guest stay while providing the owners with the expert home care, communication and income goals (guaranteed) they desired. He insisted 979 offer guests comfortable truly high-quality linens and towels, luxury hotel grade toiletries, necessary daily supplies and "Smart Home" technology at all the homes. And the best part, through the creativity of Steven and Drew, they implemented this 5-star vacation rental experience (and guest reviews) without necessitating a 5-star budget and big cash outlay on the behalf of their homeowner clients. Thus, 979's success story began.

Drew | Co-Founder - Finance & Inventory Control

With the goal of streamlining the key vacation rental management processes (housekeeping | maintenance | accounting |technology), Drew moved permanently to the TX coast to join long-time family friend and co-founder, Steven. The goal - to support 979's stable growth and scaling of consistent quality services. With a Finance degree, family real estate business serving in a technical capacity and years at an accounting firm in Chicago under his belt, Drew yearned to get back to his true calling...the beach (and perhaps a bit of fishing, that is when he can fit it in). With the positive memories of spending his summers working in Nantucket through college, he jumped at the chance to blend his two devotions - vacation homes and the coast. And, as they say it, the rest is history.

Kristi | Director, Marketing/Communication & Guest Experience

As 979 grew (and continues to grow), it became evident there was need for more talent. Therefore, starting in Nov of 2016, Steven and Drew began the search for another experienced team member. Their goal was to find someone with a strong background in marketing with a true customer service-centric heart and a passion for travel to complement the group. After an extensive interview process, they were grateful to discover, and ultimately convince, Kristi to join the team. She came to 979 with over 10 years of successful marketing technology & customer service experience and currently loves working with 979's valuable clients.

Joelle | Executive Director, Rental Operations and Home Care

With a shared passion for creating 5-star vacation experiences (for guests of the human and furbaby type) and maximizing each home's "rentential", Joelle joined the 979 team in mid 2018. Having an executive leadership background in real estate/vacation rental management technology and home design/improvement, she brought another set of valuable assets to the growing business. Learn more about how she can help you maximize your home's RENTENTIAL.

Meet The 979 Field Team

  • Alex | Field Manager
  • Autumn | Field Specialist, Jamaica Beach & Galveston
  • Whitney | Field Specialist, Surfside Beach

To connect with a team member, please email us at service@979vacationrentals.com or through our Contact Us page.