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Meet the Property Experts

Our Property Experts focus on providing the best level of care for our guests and properties. They are the first line of communication and service when an owner needs anything for their property or a guest has a customer service need at the property. The level of service includes on-call emergency response after hours for our properties, property inspections & maintenance and personal property attention. 


Bob Hawkins has lived in Sea Pines on Hilton Head since 1977. After a business career with IBM, he joined Sea Pines Associates for six years until buying The Vacation Company in 1992. He has been an operating partner since then and led the company to its position now as one of the premier Hilton Head Island management companies. In leisure hours, he enjoys much of what Hilton Head has to offer – the beach, tennis and other outdoor activities, diverse social activities, and winter season travels.


Originally from Connecticut and a Hilton Head Island resident since 2005, Ben moved here after graduating from Purdue University. It was during his time at Purdue working construction every summer where he acquired much of the knowledge he utilizes today in the property management field. A Vacation Company employee since 2010, Ben enjoys the unpredictability of the job, no two days are alike. In his free time, Ben can be found at home with his wife, two children and their English Bulldog, where sports are this family’s reality TV.


Shawn like many island residents moved to Hilton Head Island from the north, (Buffalo, New York) in 1981 and has watched the island and surrounding areas change and grow over the years. Leaving the skiing profession behind to follow his parents to Hilton Head and has never left. With over 25 Years in property management and island living, he is that “go to” person for both owners and guests. His other passions include road racing on his bicycle and skiing in the off-season. He is married, 4 wonderful children (now adults) and is now a grandfather.


Ryan has been a South Carolina resident since 2007. He remodeled homes around Chicagoland area before he moved down south. Ryan left Chicago to abandon the cold winters and pursue a career in the golf industry. After 10+ years of competing and working around golf, he wanted to contribute his customer relation skills into property management. You can always find him playing outdoor sports and enjoying the beach.


Beau moved to Hilton Head from Califonia in 1997 to be with his father's family. His family was born and raised in the area and he graduated from Hilton Head High School in 2000. Beau has been working in property management for 10 years and has been a property manager at the Vacation Company for 4 years. He likes to travel with his wife and two daughters in his spare time, go to the beach, and cook for family and friends. Beau enjoys working in property management because it allows him to meet and talk with people. He considers himself and his coworkers to be "customer service specialists." Always here to help! 


Kris first came to Hilton Head Island for a vacation in the summer of 1992 and never looked back.  Originally from Northeast Ohio, Kris started his “Island Life” working on the beach and enjoying the warm weather. Life on the beach led Kris to the hospitality industry where he used his excellent customer service skills to serve islanders and visitors alike for more than 20 years.  Kris joined The Vacation Company team April of 2018 where his enthusiasm for life on the island and his love for the low country make him an exceptional property manager. When Kris is not working, he and his wife enjoy spending time on the local waters boating, fishing, and soaking up the sunshine.


Jennifer has been coming to the Island since 1993.  She moved from Arizona to be close to her sister and family in 2018; originally from Atlanta, the south called her home.  Her love of the Island and 20 years of management experience made the transition into property management a perfect fit. In addition, her passion for providing exceptional service to our owners and guest makes her an excellent part of the team. Jennifer enjoys spending her free time biking the Island, enjoying our beautiful beaches, baking delicious treats, watching design shows,  and going out on the boat to explore the low country. In addition, Jennifer loves working with the owners for decorating and improvements. This area allows her to utilize all her creativity and create beautiful spaces for guests and owners to enjoy. Island Life is truly the very best!


Originally from Atlanta where he began his professional career as a Civil Engineer. He moved to Hilton Head/Bluffton area in 2003 to open Moe’s Southwest Grill. After selling the restaurant in 2015, Rod purchased a short-term vacation home in SeaPines and The Vacation Company was the property manager.  After spending some time semi-retired and shuttling his two sons to marching band and travel soccer,  Rod started working with the Vacation Company as an inspector, then as the inspection manager and now as a Palmetto Dunes property manager. Rod brings a unique perspective to the Vacation Company as a successful business owner as well as a vacation homeowner.  He is married with two teenage sons. In his time away from work, He loves spending time with his family and watching sports.


I grew up in Charleston and moved here to go to college at USC Beaufort. Since then, I enjoy spending time with my now 6-month-old daughter and dog. The beach is our happy place and there really is no other place I’d rather be than on Hilton Head soaking up the beautiful sunshine. I have bounced around trying to find what I love to do and I have happily settled into The Vacation Company to strive to help people have a relaxing and memorable vacation. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for my family, and working with the most wonderful people is just the beginning.