The Team

The A Stay Above The Rest Team & Company Story

We’re known for providing world class guest experience and record breaking rental revenue in our markets… Now, get to know the company story and the A Stay Above The Rest team behind behind the brand. 

What started as more of a test, has grown into what it is today! Janis, Bill, and Katie talked for years about purchasing and managing a short term rental property… where they would buy, how they would furnish it, how they would offer excellent service, and how they would make it profitable. At the time, the market was filled with old and run down properties… It seemed like the only way to get a nice stay was to rent a million dollar home. What if you didn’t need 4+ bedrooms? What if you only wanted to get away for a couple of nights? 

After much debate of where to buy first, (and almost putting in an offer in a completely different area) the family fell in love with the historic town of Galveston, Texas… And the data told them that their gut instincts were right!  Janis and Bill took the plunge and purchased their first short term vacation rental, which was meant to be an investment towards their retirement.  Guests were immediately enchanted by the promise and delivery of luxury accommodations. The condo along with its services became a hit!

We Started to Grow… QUICKLY!

Though the intent was to start slow. And maybe purchase another small condo over time. The trio quickly realized that they had stumbled upon their calling. 6 months in, the condo was booking and generating so much revenue that they had to buy a second property. Just to keep up with the booking demand! At the same time, a dear family friend, seeing how well they were doing decided she wanted to purchase a vacation rental too! … and so it began!

The word quickly got out that Janis, Bill and Katie were on to something special. The newly formed A Stay Above the Rest team realized that the industry was becoming stale. Utilizing the opportunity to set the market by storm, they facilitated the renovation of all 3 properties. Initiating the standard of accommodations that is the A Stay Above The Rest trademark today. And within a year, all 3 properties were alive and booming. So much so that the company grew to 15 properties!!

With more than 20 thriving properties, the trio has more than proven that their unique recipe for success really works!

The A Stay Above The Rest Team Culture

Early on the A Stay Above The Rest team adopted a commitment to excellence in all that we do. After all, we are “A Stay Above The Rest”… a bold name with an even bolder mission. Offering guests and our partners the best in services, options and above all experiences.

No matter how large the company gets – our passion and promise to provide the best only continues to grow along with it! 

A Stay Above The Rest offers vacation rental owners an alternative to the cookie-cutter approach to property management that plagues the industry. Refusing to ever lose sight of what sets the company apart from others. We continue to grow and raise the bar for guest expectations. 

Meet The A Stay Above The Rest Team

Just as meticulously as we crafted our business principles – we only hire the best. With a diverse and unique skill set our small yet capable team empowers our company to truly offer our guests and partners an experience that is ‘Above The Rest’. While we work every day with amazing cleaners and contractors, here are our amazing crew members!

Janis Higgins- Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Janis, our “magic maker”, is a lover of life and all things to make people happy! She strives on creating amazing places and experiences for our guests while cultivating a great atmosphere for our employees. She is our in-house realtor for certain locations and heads up the complete remodel and design/furnishing of our beautiful properties. She has 3 grown children and a boy still at home (“A-man” whom you will see in many of our social media posts)! She lives in Austin, TX and enjoys, when she isn’t working, her days on the boat on Lake Travis, any reason to travel and her family!

Katie Tackett- Chief Revenue Officer and Co-Founder 

Katie is passionate about generating the most revenue as possible for our owners! She oversees the marketing of the business and our properties on the various revenue streams, acquisitions of new properties and owner relations. Katie and her husband live in Austin, TX and have a little girl, “G-baby” in our social media posts, and an ornery little boy who still needs a nickname!  She enjoys travel and lots of it, family time, her horses, and food, but specifically tacos!

Bill Higgins- Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder

Bill works a full time job outside of A Stay Above The Rest, but he keeps us on track, lets us know what we are doing well and what we need to improve on. He also makes sure that all of our bills are paid and we can afford to have Torchy’s Tacos catered for the occasional splurge on office lunches! Bill enjoys crunching numbers, his family, fitness (including boxing) and boating around Lake Travis.

Lauren Torres – Project Manager

Lauren is the queen of getting things done! She is great at jumping in wherever is needed and is a huge reason as to why we are so successful. She started working full time for A Stay Above The Rest in July of 2017. Her and Janis work together to bring you the beautiful properties you see on our site through the remodels and design/ furnish phases. Lauren works hard at whatever she sets her mind to and we couldn’t be more grateful for her! She lives in Austin, TX along with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 adorable Boston Terriers. She enjoys fitness, travel and any excuse for family time! We also have to mention Big Brother… she keeps us in the loop of what all is going on!

Angela F – Property Care Specialist

Angela joined our team in spring of 2019 with several years of experience in customer service. She thrives in making sure our properties are perfect for each and every guest! She manages our Housekeeping and Maintenance divisions in our company and personally inspects our properties on a regular basis. She resides in the suburbs of Austin.  She has 3 adult children and 2 beautiful grandchildren.  She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and going to as many concerts that Austin, “The Music Capital”,  has to offer!

Brittany L – Guest Experience Lead

Brittany is a laid back, empathetic, and caring mother of four. Her favorite time of year is Fall – “bring on cooler weather, pumpkin everything, and horror movies”! She loves being funny and brightening people’s day- perfect for our team and guests! She enjoys traveling and the beach is her happy place. She does photography on the side, and manages her local church nursery. Jesus and her children are her world! 

Greg H – Guest Experience Representative

Greg has many years of customer service experience in various industries and has a true passion for making customers happy! He currently resides in Oklahoma with his girlfriend. He enjoys cooking and experimenting with new recipes as well as hanging out with his close friends. You will most likely get to talk to him in the evenings, so make sure to say hi!

Matthew W – Guest Experience Representative

Matthew lives in Galveston, Texas and considers himself an amateur artist in his spare time and is an avid bike rider.  He also has been learning to play the guitar for the past few months, and is always watching movies when he can. He has been in the hospitality industry (specifically hotels) for over 8 years and is passionate about giving the best service to guests. He truly enjoys helping people have the best possible experience on their vacations. As he puts it- “I’ve been on wonderful and horrible vacations, and it always comes down to how we are treated by our hosts”.

Monica R – Guest Experience Representative

Monica is a citizen of the world, who loves diversity, and is motivated by customer facing work. Passionate about learning new things, personal growth, and challenging herself to push her own boundaries. Originally from the west coast, she traveled, and moved a lot while growing up as a military brat, and now calls Texas home. Monica brings many years of customer service experience to our team. Residing in Spring, Texas with her husband and 2 children, her happy place is on a plane or by the sea. Her goal is to go above and beyond to keep customers happy. She enjoys good food, good films, being outdoors and any excuse for travel and family time!

Lauren W – Guest Experience Representative

Lauren is currently a psychology major, stated as a preface for how much she enjoys humanity and loves to help others! She loves thinking outside of the box and learning new things! She has lived on Galveston Island since 2018 and resides there with her daughter. She enjoys being a mother, exploring new parks and trails… and the beach of course! Lauren is an avid lover of animals and has volunteered with the islands Humane Society to help raise money for animal care.  

Andy L – Property Care Specialist


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