Meet The Team

Dedicated to delivering a vacation to remember!

Bluewater Vacation Homes’ success rests on its Team Members’ shoulders. coastal San Diego. Our team is made up of a group of individuals under a professional vacation rental management group focused on creating remarkable experiences for our guests, and top-notch service for our homeowner-partners. We all live here, and as local area experts, we are passionate about providing spaces for our guests to relax, recharge, and create amazing vacation memories. As locals, we are also dedicated to peaceful coexistence with our neighbors to ensure a pleasant and positive experience for all.

Stefani Warnick

Stefani Warnick


Where I'm from: Boston, MA

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 manage revenue and hospitality agents to ensure a top-quality experience for our homeowners and guests.

How does Bluewater stand apart from other vacation rental management companies? – 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.

Adam Andres

Adam Andres


Where I'm from: Long Beach, California

About me: I enjoy spending quality time with my kids playing by the Seaside, hanging at the zoo, getting ingredients at the farmer’s market, or in Julian Apple picking. After the kids are asleep I spend my evenings creating music and researching to optimize my stock and cryptocurrency portfolios.

Why I love San Diego With spectacular weather, an amazing outdoorsy culture, beautiful views, and food so tasty you'll spend as much time Instagramming as eating it, San Diego is the perfect expression of a cool Cali vibe we all search for.

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I utilize my time, tools, and talent to ensure our guests have a “next level” positive experience that will create memories to last a lifetime. As an inspector, my goal is to elevate the standard by going the extra mile to ensure a vibrant and quality vacation home environment.

What makes Bluewater stand out over other Airbnb managers? – The mastery of the three D’s: details, determination and dedication. No other company I’ve seen has a better 3D view.

Gary Begonia

Gary Begonia


Where I'm from: The Phillipines

About me: - I was raised on the beautiful island of Guam and have called San Diego home for the past 20 years. I love being outdoors and spending time with my family.

Why I love San Diego - Of course, everyone loves the weather in San Diego. It is pretty much spring year-round with a few months of summer. San Diego has a unique vibe. It is your typical SoCal city, laid back and sunny. It is a low-stress city, especially considering its size which reminds me of the island life back home. I think it's got to do with the weather and the ocean. How can you be mad, if the sun is shining?

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - - I work partly with the quality assurance inspection team to make sure each stay is perfectly enjoyable by ensuring our homes are well maintained and in the best possible condition.

What makes Bluewater different than other vacation rental managers? – Happy team, happy owners, happy guests.  We’re the behind-the-scenes problem-solvers who create worry-free experiences for our owners and guests.  Bluewater sets the bar high with its top-notch quality and customer service.

Sam Martelli

Sam Martelli


Where I'm from: Brigantine, New Jersey

About me: Growing up in a small beach town on the east coast, coming over here to San Diego reminds me of being home. The good vibes and people make living here very easy.

Why I love San Diego Growing up in a small beach town on the east coast, coming over here to San Diego reminds me of being home. The good vibes and people make living here very easy.

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I coordinate all aspects of property care to ensure that each house is spotless and in the most excellent condition possible for our guests. I do my best to guarantee each house is up to Bluewater's standards!

Why is Bluewater different than other Airbnb managers? – We are more than just a vacation rental company, we are a family. We treat each other and our guests as if we are one.

Kala Knaus

Kala Knaus


Where I'm from: Kalispell, MT

About me: I like to spend my time outside of work in the ocean, running or practicing yoga. I really enjoy the great outdoors and try to explore as much as I possibly can.

Why I love San Diego I have lived here for 4 years now and am enjoying the year-round sunshine! I love being right next to the ocean and trying all the amazing food San Diego has to offer. It’s also nice not having to put on 12 layers before going outside.

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I contribute to the Bluewater Experience by making sure our homes and team members have everything necessary to ensure our guests have a comfortable and quality stay.

Why is Bluewater different from other management companies? – I would say because we are very much focused on the quality of our homes and the guests’ experience when visiting is our number one priority.

Ethan Hall

Ethan Hall


Where I'm from: Walnut Creek, California

About me: I’m a very active and outdoorsy person. I love taking my dog with me on different adventures and exploring new areas of Southern California.

Why I love San Diego I love San Diego so much because it’s hard to be bored here. Anything anyone could want is offered here; surfing, amazing restaurants, hiking, a huge night life scene, and best of all, almost everything here is dog-friendly!

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I try my best to ensure each and every rental we offer is in immaculate condition so every guest has a perfect experience with Bluewater.

What makes Bluewater the best vacation rental manager? – Every way that Bluewater operates is centered around improving our guest’s experience. Everyone here goes above and beyond to ensure that we can provide beautiful vacation rentals to all of our guests.

Natalia Casillas

Natalia Casillas


Where I'm from: Mexico City, Mexico

About me: I enjoy spending time outside exploring, eating at different places, meeting new people, and having quality time with my loved ones and my pets.

Why I love San Diego It has so much to offer! One day you can be working on your tan at the beach and the next you can go to the dessert or go snow sliding in Julian. It is also very close to Mexico so whenever I feel homesick, I can drive to TJ for Mexican food.

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I have traveled to some places and one thing we all have in common is that no matter where we go, we want to feel at home, we want people to be friendly and that is what I try to provide to our guests! Creating a stress-free experience, where you can call us if your coffee pot stops working or if you want some restaurant suggestions!

How does Bluewater stand apart from other vacation rental management companies? – Our team at Bluewater is constantly working to be better at providing our guests with a personable vacation rental experience, we take our guests’ feedback and use it to create a difference in their stay. And our goal is for our guests to enjoy their stay and come back every time they visit San Diego!

Christine Manley

Christine Manley


Where I'm from: New York

About me: Born and raised in New York, made the big move out to California and could not be happier here! When I’m not at the beach or spending time outdoors, I’m trying a new restaurant or spending time with my amazing friends.

Why I love San Diego Being from New York gives me an even greater appreciation for San Diego and all it has to offer. My favorite memories from back home often included times at the beach spent with family and friends. I’m so fortunate to live in an area where I have easy access to some of the most beautiful beaches in California and I take full advantage of that by spending time on the beach daily. There are so many unique areas of San Diego- I feel like I always have something new to explore. We have such wonderful weather all year round which gives the opportunity to participate in many outdoor activities all year long! Long story short- I love everything about San Diego!

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I work directly with our guests to help them find the perfect home for their stay in San Diego. I communicate with our dedicated team to guarantee all our valued guests are provided with everything they need to have an amazing stay in San Diego. I speak with guests throughout the course of their stay to ensure they are having a 5-star experience!

Why is Bluewater different than other San Diego Airbnb managers? – Bluewater constantly strives to do whatever it takes to provide all guests with a 5- star experience. Our team genuinely cares about our guests and works every day to provide them with the most beautiful homes available in the San Diego area. We take pride in constantly improving and evolving to meet guests’ expectations and go above and beyond to do so.

Rob Garrison

Rob Garrison


Where I'm from: San Diego, CA

About me: I grew up with a spirit of adventure and fun. I'm passionate about my family, friends and my work. If you ever need a helping hand or a joke to brighten your day, I'm your man!

Why I love San Diego I love all the delicious food San Diego has to offer. 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 - I'm kind of a perfectionist, and while that may sometimes be a problem, it makes me fit in here! I only feel satisfied when the job is done to my satisfaction and then I can relax and go play!

What makes Bluewater outstanding in the vacation rental management field? – 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.

Paul Becker

Paul Becker


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 including real estate and hospitality, provided the foundation to create Bluewater Vacation Homes. I am lucky enough to get to live where I used to come on vacation and am passionate about providing opportunities and spaces for friends and families to 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 well-appointed homes, that are clean and well-maintained where they can relax, and recharge while being 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.

Anthony Ferretti

Anthony Ferretti


Where I'm from: North Haven, CT

About me: Growing up in the forests of the northeast fostered a love and appreciation for nature. I moved to San Diego in 2017 and it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I enjoy camping and hiking and all those outdoorsy things. I also enjoy cooking and baking. Outside of work I practice psychology and astrology and am involved in social activism.

Why I love San Diego There’s so much that makes San Diego special, from the beaches to the mountains, to the weather, to the laid-back vibes of the city, to every kind of nightlife. And the ocean! Coming from the East Coast, I have to say the Pacific is better than the Atlantic.

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - As a quality assurance inspector, it’s my job to make sure everything in our homes is up to the high standard we set at Bluewater. I want people to have as relaxing and enjoyable a vacation as they can, so I try to pay attention to detail to avoid pesky minor inconveniences.

What makes Bluewater different than other vacation rental managers? – It’s really something, everyone here at Bluewater truly cares and considers their job to be an important responsibility. We all love this city, and we want everyone who comes to visit to love it too and to be able to have the best experience possible.

Shannon King

Shannon King


Where I'm from: Pacifica, California

About me: I enjoy riding my bike around town, reading books in Balboa Park, swimming in La Jolla Cove, and trying new restaurants all over San Diego.

Why I love San Diego I love San Diego for our friendly-natured locals, our great weather, and the diversity of people as well as the diversity of surf spots. There’s always something new to discover!

How I contribute to the Bluewater experience - I do my best to help inquiring guests find a tailor-made vacation home based on what they value most. Whether an ocean view, an outdoor gathering space with a grill, a great yard with a pool and spa, or bringing along your pet – that’s up to you, and I’m here to help you choose the best home for your San Diego experience!

What makes Bluewater different than other vacation rental managers? – We tailor each home to what the guest values most, and we go the extra mile in making sure you have all the comforts of home.

Vanessa Bryce

Vanessa Bryce


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


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


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


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.

Chris Ewing

Chris Ewing


Where I'm from: San Diego, CA

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.

Robert Cass

Robert Cass


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.

Charles Boucher

Charles Boucher


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.

Megan McGarty

Megan McGarty


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.

Leah Freeland

Leah Freeland


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! 

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