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- Co-Founder and VP

Katie handles the marketing for the company, including advertising of the properties and is our rockstar over 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!

Elizabeth- Guest Experience Supervisor

Elizabeth has several years of experience in customer service and sales. She is located in the Austin area and has been a great asset to our team! Her devotion to ensuring each guest has an incredible experience is what helps to shape our Guest Experience team! She enjoys being outdoors, traveling and time with her friends and family.

Greg- Guest Experience Representative

Greg is originally from Texas, but after serving six years with the Air Force he now lives in Oklahoma. He joined our guest experience team in January of 2019 and loves to specialize in our fraud prevention! With the unique problem-solving skills he acquired in the military, as well as his ability to maintain composure under pressure, we know he will be able to swiftly and efficiently handle all of our customer’s needs! When he isn’t working, Greg is also a full-time student and plans to attend Grad School at the University of Oklahoma in pursuit of his PhD. During his time in the military he was able to travel all over the U.S. as well as some great places overseas like Dubai (AWESOME!), Ireland, Germany and many more!
Angela- Guest Experience Representative

Angela’s information is coming soon! She is secretive 😉
David – Guest Experience Representative

David’s information is coming soon! He is secretive 😉