Vonda is a passionate wife, mother, entrepreneur, and photographer. Originally from nearby Houston, she has travelled to Galveston most of her life, rented area vacation homes for nearly 20 years, and eventually purchased several of her own rental properties. Instantly falling in love with the business of vacation rentals, it didn’t take long before she founded Soar Vacation Rental Services.
A highly experienced entrepreneur, Vonda started a 24/7 professional services business in 1987 and grew it into a multi-million dollar operation before merging with several other companies in 2015 and making her exit in early 2017. Founding Soar shortly after, she considers the vacation rental management business her greatest adventure yet.
With over 30 years of business experience, Vonda enjoys giving back to the community, including serving as a Silver Fox Advisor. She has also served on numerous boards over the years, including six years on the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation Board, and is a current member of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce and the Vacation Rental Management Association. Vonda is also a volunteer photographer for Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
When not working, she enjoys time with family (husband Steve, two daughters, cute mutt Scooby, five cats, and three birds) and is an avid photographer who loves traveling and exploring, camera in hand. Vonda is also actively involved in her church.
Hobbies: Exploring in the great outdoors whenever possible, travel, photography – anything from wildlife, to friends and family, to interesting treasures found on the beach.
Galveston Island Activities: Enjoying the sea breeze and the sound of the waves coming ashore. Deep-sea fishing. Attending the many fun events Galveston has to offer.
Local Hangouts: The fabulous, quaint cafes and bakeries, such as ShyKatz, Mosquito Café, and Sunflower Bakery.
Katie has been in the vacation rental management business since 2001 and thrives on providing creative and professional solutions for her clients. Originally from Illinois, she grew up in Bolivar, Texas, just a short ferry ride East of the island, where she developed a love and appreciation for Gulf Coast tourism as a way of life.
Prior to joining Soar, Katie helped to reorganize an entire vacation rental department for a local realtor following the devastation after 2008’s Hurricane Ike. She has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of Galveston property management, including homeowner relations, property management software, production of owner statements, tax calculations and payments, reservations, guest correspondence, and more. Katie is committed to staying up on vacation rental management trends and often attends local seminars and national conferences.
Katie’s background also includes photography, which she enjoys in her free time, in addition to being in the outdoors and with her family.
Owning a Piece of History: Katie calls a small historical survivor of the Great Storm of 1900 on Galveston’s East End home.
Galveston Island Activities: Antique hunting, thrift store shopping, walks on the beach, attending art galleries and ArtWalk downtown.
Local Hangouts: Mama Teresa’s Flying Pizza, Old Moon Deli & Pie, Shrimp 'N Stuff