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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.


My husband and I moved to Hilton Head 3/17/2015 after living many years on St. John USVI. We had to move North to live in the South! We love Hilton Head and South Carolina.

For ten years prior to moving to Hilton Head, the Vacation Company was the property management company for our villa in Shipyard. When offered a job at the Vacation Company I was so pleased. I had an immediate group of great coworkers/friends. Now they are my family.

What I do for the Vacation Company is spend time in the properties to inspect them to make sure they are ready for your vacation. Every day is different and I love that challenge.

When not at work my husband and I enjoy the beach and the natural beauty of Hilton Head and surrounding low country. We love to travel the US and explore new places. Visit Hilton Head and discover a new place or come back to a place you love!

Bret J. 

I've lived on Hilton Head Island for over twenty years. I was born in Indiana and lived in Northern California but I after spending time here I knew that the Lowcountry was home. On the weekends my wife and two young boys love to explore the endless marshes and back roads of the Lowcountry, except in the fall when football takes precedence over everything. In a former life, I traveled to twenty foreign countries and forty-eight states but I'm the last nine years my travel has been mostly limited to baseball practice and the grocery store.