The Team

The company began when Janis and Bill took the plunge to purchase their first investment as a short term vacation rental. After much debate of where to buy first, the family fell in love with the historic town of Galveston, Texas and the data pointed them in the right direction! Their daughter, Katie, managed the bookings, advertisement and guest communications for them. With the intent of starting slow and maybe purchasing another small 1 bedroom condo a couple of years later, 6 months in, the condo was booking and making so much revenue they bought a second! At the same time, a dear family friend wanted to purchase a vacation rental on Lake Travis… and so it began! Within a year of having all 3 completely remodeled properties live and booming, A Stay Above The Rest grew to 15 properties!! Here are the team members who help make it all happen!

Janis Higgins- CEO 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 4 grown children and is also the mom of little “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!

Bill Higgins- President, CFO 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.

Katie Tackett- COO and Co-Founder

Katie handles the marketing for the company, including advertising of the properties and is our rockstar of guest experience! She oversees things to make sure that guests are getting all of the special treatment they deserve and that the properties and are getting booked. She’s a big reason as to why our owners and investors are so happy! Katie and her husband live in Austin, TX and have a beautiful little girl, “G-baby”, whom you will also see in some of our social media posts! She enjoys travel and lots of it, family time, DIY projects and building the business.

 

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, daughter 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!

Reese Phillips – Guest Experience Representative

Reese lives in Georgetown, Texas and has a beautiful black lab named Rosco. He is a native Texan and enjoys all things Texas and the outdoors! Reese has been on the team since early 2018 and helps us with guest contacts on the weekends and fills in when we need help! He is a realtor in the Austin area and very customer centric- the perfect addition to our business! He is amazing at wakeboarding and was even professionally sponsored!! Reese enjoys time with his family and friends, being on the lake and experiencing life to the fullest!

Aly Kotal- Guest Experience Representative

Aly is a native Texan who has lived in the Austin area for 15+ years. She joined our team in spring of 2018 and has 12 years of concierge customer service experience and loves nothing more than to help people! Aly and her husband have 2 daughters, and loves her fur babies. She and her husband love getting out on Lake Travis when they can to wakeboard, surf or just take in the views. They are involved with Austin Boxer Rescue and have fostered over 70 dogs in the last 8 years. In her spare time (HA!) Aly loves nothing more than to enjoy her two favorite things… a good book and a great glass of red wine!