Meet the Bluewater Vacation Homes Team

Dedicated to delivering a vacation to remember!

Bluewater Vacation Homes is a professional vacation rental agency born and raised in coastal San Diego. Our staff is assembled of individuals with many different backgrounds, who have come together to create a cohesive team dedicated to delivering top-notch experiences for guests and our homeowner-partners. We all live in San Diego and are passionate about providing remarkable spaces for guests to relax, recharge, and create amazing vacation memories. We’re here to help our guests exploring the neighborhoods, culture, attractions, and incredible natural beauty of the San Diego County region. As locals, we are also dedicated to peaceful coexistence with our neighbors to ensure a pleasant and positive experience for all.

Paul Becker

Paul Becker

Founder and President

Where I'm from: San Diego

About me: Growing up, I spent childhood summers staying in vacation rentals along the coast of San Diego, which is where I created some of my earliest and favorite memories with friends and family. Since then, my experience in other businesses, with elements of real estate and hospitality, provided the foundation to create and build Bluewater Vacation Homes. Bluewater was founded with the intention to never be a "Me-Too" vacation rental agency, but instead, be the "Go-To" vacation rental agency for both the owners of top-quality vacation homes and guests who expect more than what a typical agency can provide. I love that Bluewater gives me the opportunity to see friends and families re-connect, and create their own lifelong memories.

Why I love San Diego What's not to love? Of course, you can’t beat the weather, but the options for fun and adventure are endless: beautiful coastlines, mountains, deserts, amusement parks, beaches, bays, breweries, museums, state parks, boating, fishing, surfing, horse racing, sports, etc. It's all here!

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - My role in the company is to keep a tight focus on our responsibility to provide our guests with clean, well-maintained and well-appointed homes, where our guests can relax, recharge, while getting away from life's pressures. When we do these things well, we serve our homeowner partners' best interests at the same time.

What makes Bluewater different than other vacation rental managers? – I would sum it up by saying we’re really good at being proactive rather than reactive, and that is very hard to do in this business.

Vanessa Bryce

Vanessa Bryce

Quality Assurance Inspector

Where I'm from: San Luis Obispo, CA

About me: Growing up on the central coast grew my love for spending time in nature. I love camping, hiking, and spending lots of time at the beach. I have recently taken up gardening and enjoy cooking new recipes with my homegrown veggies! Traveling has been a big part of my life and I encourage everyone to go new places. I am happiest spending time with my family, friends, and pets over a great meal (and of course dessert.

Why I love San Diego It’s such a special place with a mix of big city culture and beach town vibes. From Encinitas to Downtown, there is so much to see and experience. We have a great variety of restaurants, venues, parks, and beaches where you can enjoy or endless warm weather.

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - As a very detail-oriented person, I focus on achieving an exceptionally clean and functional home for our guests to truly enjoy their stay.

Why is Bluewater different than other Vacation Rental Managers? – Not just as a vacation rental manager, but as a business in general, our teamwork is unmatched. We work together seamlessly to keep our homes in excellent condition, welcome our guests and make sure they enjoy the San Diego visit!

Mark Christensen

Mark Christensen

Property Maintenance Technician

Where I'm from: The Phillipines!

About me: I am a common San Diego sight, a Navy Brat! I was Born on a military base in the Philippines and when I was young my family came to the States to settle. San Diego has been my home for over 20 years and definitely where my heart is.

Why I love San Diego Whenever asked what I love about San Diego I feel at a loss because there is so much that I love and cherish about my home. From the rich cultural influences to the weather that only other states only dream of.

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I work partly with the quality assurance inspection team to make sure each stay is perfectly enjoyable, and once our perfection is achieved I also work with our maintenance technicians to make sure all of our homes are in tip-top shape.

Why is Bluewater different than other San Diego Airbnb managers? – I hope what I bring and show at Bluewater everyday is a strong commitment to providing straightforward and great service for our guests who entrust us with their time off. What really makes me love working for Bluewater is that this organization and its staff all strive to make sure that each vacation experience is as great as it can be in our beautiful and diverse city.

Christian Carrizosa

Christian Carrizosa

Property Care Technician

Where I'm from: San Diego, California

About me: Born and raised right here in sunny San Diego, I spent most of my days growing up here either at the beach or the skatepark and if I wasn’t there you could find me tinkering on an old car in the garage with my dad.

Why I love San Diego What’s not to love?? From the beaches to the mountains, there’s always something new to explore and even though I grew up here I keep finding more!

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I work partly with the quality assurance inspection team to make sure each stay is perfectly enjoyable, and once our perfection is achieved I also work with our maintenance technicians to make sure all of our homes are in tip-top shape.

Why is Bluewater different than other San Diego Airbnb managers? – Working with Bluewater has been nothing but great since the day I joined, the crew feels like family, and we extend that feeling to our guests. The attention to detail and consistency of quality is what upholds our “Bluewater standard” that keeps us and our guests joyous, healthy and satisfied!

Alecs Hotaling

Alecs Hotaling

Quality Assurance Administrator

Where I'm from: Long Island, New York

About me: When not at work, I enjoy cycling, trying out new restaurants, baking and spending time with my family!

Why I love San Diego Aside from being able to go to the mountains and the beach on the same day, it's just a really great place to call home. There is so much diversity in both people and things to do; it's pretty hard to get bored here.

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I assist the Operations Team with new home intake, quality assurance, inventory tracking, and anything else needed to outfit and keep our homes in top shape.

Why is Bluewater different than other San Diego Airbnb managers? – I would say because we make it a point to prioritize our guest’s experience and go well beyond just booking a place for them to stay. It’s our responsibility to ensure their accommodations are top-tier quality, with a level of thoughtfulness and care that is unmatched.

Ashley De Ruyter

Ashley De Ruyter

Guest Services Agent

Where I'm from: San Francisco, California

About me: studied at the Academy of Art University and came to San Diego on a small vacation….and never left! I am an abstract painter that enjoys taste-testing my way through the world and spending my down time on the golf course.

Why I love San Diego Every day can be entirely different depending on the vibe you’re looking for. From the amazing food, beautiful views, and even better people…San Diego has it all!

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I work with the Guest Services team to make sure that all of our guest’s questions are answered and to ensure that they have a stress-free stay. I also provide support to the team to make sure that everything is running as smoothly and efficiently in the office as possible.

What makes Bluewater the best vacation rental manager? – Bluewater aims to provide the best customer service possible through the quality of our work and our homes. As a team, we are all dedicated to making every guest’s stay one to remember. 

Chris Ewing

Chris Ewing

Property Care Maintenance Technician

Where I'm from: Long Beach, California

About me: I love live music, playing hockey, and spending lots of time with my awesome kids!

Why I love San Diego It’s versatile. You can be hiking in the mountains one moment and at the beach soaking up the next. You can do anything here!

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I help make each experience a 5 star experience by preparing the homes in advance for guest’s arrival and providing support if anything comes up. I love when I walk away from a home and the guests are smiling!

How does Bluewater stand apart from other vacation rental management companies? – We make the experience personal, our staff is attentive, and we do our best to make sure each guest knows they are our top priority.

Megan McGarty

Megan McGarty

Property Manager

Where I'm from: San Diego, Ca

About me: I’m a huge movie buff and love playing pub trivia. I am a traveler at heart, and happiest out exploring and finding great spots to photograph.

Why I love San Diego San Diego may be a big city, but each neighborhood has so much character, you feel like you’re in a different place altogether. Plus, so many amazing and unique restaurants, it’s impossible to try them all, but I’m working on it!

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - My love of art and architecture influenced my career starting out in Custom Home Construction, and my love of travel led me to Hosting and Vacation Property Management. That experience helps me ensure our Homes are in the best possible condition. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to create an environment for our Guests to make life-long memories with family and friends.

Why is Bluewater different than other Airbnb managers? – Across the board, the team at Bluewater puts the Guest Experience as our highest priority. Collectively, we use our talents to take the stress out of travel, so our guests can enjoy themselves from the moment they walk in the door.

Robert Cass

Robert Cass

Quality Assurance Technician

Where I'm from: San Blas, Mexico

About me: I enjoy surfing, hanging out at the beach, vanilla bean lattes and a good taco!

Why I love San Diego I love the weather, it's always sunny!

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - It's my responsibility to look out for the little things and make sure that our homeowner-partners and guests are pleased when they arrive at their homes.

How does Bluewater stand apart from other vacation rental management companies? – I’ve seen it time and time again, we go over and above to do whatever it takes to make sure our guests have an amazing stay. The way we operate is guest-centric and always evolving to be the best in the business.

Stefani Warnick

Stefani Warnick

Director of Revenue and Hospitality

Where I'm from: Boston, Massachusetts

About me: I love being active and finding adventure, so if I’m not at the gym, I can be found on a mountain hiking/snowboarding or at the beach enjoying the sunshine!

Why I love San Diego I have been in San Diego for 7 years now. Moving here was the best decision I ever made! The beach and the sunshine are an obvious highlight, but I think my favorite part of San Diego the great restaurants with so many healthy options!

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I lead our hospitality agents to ensure a top-quality experience for our guests from booking to check out.

How does Bluewater stand apart from other vacation rental management companies? – I think Bluewater sets itself apart with our high standards of quality. Whether it be home quality, cleaning, or quality of maintenance, we set the bar high and don’t settle for mediocrity.

Leah Freeland

Leah Freeland

Director of Operations

Where I'm from: Hanalei, Kauai

About me: A San Diego local that enjoys all the outdoor activities that our city has to offer. I can often be found at the beach with my family and I'm known to enjoy long ocean swims and water photography of my kid's surfing or skimboarding. I have a LOVE for fresh seafood and I am in luck as my husband is an expert fisherman and is always bringing home fresh tuna from our local ocean and sharing it with family and friends. Nothing beats a family bbq to relax and unwind after a long beach day. To show my appreciation and give back to our wonderful city, I am actively involved in local schools and community projects.

Why I love San Diego The beach....the beach....and well the BEACH! Oh yeah, and the gorgeous sunsets in October and November. San Diego is an amazing community to raise a family in and I consider myself blessed to be able to live and work here.

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I put my skills to use daily as an innovative leader and problem-solver. We are in a dynamic industry with many moving parts, so developing clear procedures and objectives for my team is important to keep everyone moving in the same direction. I take great pride in providing the operational support needed to keep our homes in top shape and our homeowners and guests satisfied.

What makes Bluewater outstanding in the vacation rental management field? – Bluewater has a reputation for delivering a consistent experience. I’ve stayed in vacation rentals all over, and I’ll put our homes and team against any other agency out there! 

Charles Boucher

Charles Boucher

Field Operations Manager

Where I'm from: San Diego, California

About me: I enjoy helping others and pursuing my dreams.

Why I love San Diego Growing up here was a blessing, and I am so thankful for that. San Diego is a very unique place that offers so much to its residents as well as visitors. The climate is amazing! From beaches and mountains to deserts. I love being active in my daily life. Be it surfing, dirt biking, snowboarding, or jetpacking. Here it is all possible in a variety of different settings. I am excited to share San Diego with any visitors, and do my best to show them why I love it here so much! It is such a great place I hope everyone gets to experience even just a fraction of what it has to offer.

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - By overseeing our maintenance and quality assurance techs, my role is to ensure that all our vacation rentals are always up to date and ready for guests to arrive. If any issues arise during a stay, my team can react promptly to minimize any inconvenience, and in between guests, we're on top of any deferred maintenance. My main goal is to ensure that our guests have a memorable experience and our homeowner-partners are always impressed by the condition of their property when they stay there.

How is Bluewater different than other vacation rental managers? – Bluewater is one of a kind. It’s not just about the property but the overall experience the customer receives while staying with us. We also pay very close attention to all our homes and keep them in the best of order for all our owners.

Stephanie Somers

Stephanie Somers

Lead Hospitality Agent

Where I'm from: Lynden, Washington

About me: I grew up in Washington and moved to San Diego for my last two years of college. I graduated from Cal State San Marcos with my degree in Business while playing basketball for the university. I love going to the beach, playing with all my coworkers’ dogs, and going to any sporting event!

Why I love San Diego I love all the delicious food San Diego has to offer, and being from the Pacific Northwest, can't get enough of the abundant sunshine and the laid-back lifestyle suits me! There is so much to do here, exploring new beaches, walking on the boardwalk, experiencing Gaslamp Quarter, or watching the sunset over the ocean at Sunset Cliffs.

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - My goal is to help prospective guests locate and choose just the right home for their group so they have the best experience possible when they are staying with us. I am always here to offer recommendations as well as answer and assist with any questions a guest might have before, during, and after their stay. I want our guests to enjoy themselves so much that they plan their return to San Diego before they even leave!

Why do I think makes Bluewater different than other Airbnb management companies? – I’ve seen firsthand that Bluewater truly cares about all of our guests, and strives to make sure that they have the best experience possible staying in one of our homes. Our staff truly goes above and beyond to make sure guests are satisfied.

Alison Breier

Alison Breier

Manager of Quality Assurance

About me: I enjoy traveling, going to see live music, freelancing as a floral designer, and spending time with my fiance and my pug, Rhino.

Why I love San Diego I absolutely love the culinary scene and the laid-back vibe of my city, especially along the coast.

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I am a perfectionist, and while that may sometimes cause me problems, it helps to ensure that our homes are up to Bluewater standards. I only feel satisfied when my to-do list is complete at the end of the day. In this type of business, I'm afraid I'm not satisfied often, but I know the next day I can't wait to try again!

Why is Bluewater different than other management companies? – I would have to say that everyone on our team has a clear understanding of our mission. It’s not just a job, we all feel a responsibility to our guests, and take great pride when we get a 5-star review because we know we’ve earned it as a team.

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