Meet The Team 2018-10-16T11:35:27+00:00

Meet The Vintage Villas Sales Team

Thomas Porter – General Manager

Thomas Porter - General managerThomas graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Liberal Arts Bachelors Degree with a Sociology Major. While working his way through college he worked in the restaurant and hotel industry. Upon graduation, he was employed by the Harvey Hotel DFW (later called the Bristol Hotel Company) and apprenticed in 5-star banqueting service.

During his youth, living near Dallas, the family took short trips around Texas. Austin was always one of the cities he looked forward to visiting or passing through. Through good fortune, Thomas got the position of Banquet Director at the Austin Hilton in 1996. During his tenure, he became the Housekeeping Director, Food & Beverage Director, Catering Director and Assistant General Manager. While at the Hilton he opened Ma Ferguson’s Restaurant and that year won “Best Menu” in the State of Texas from the Texas Restaurant Association. He also met Vicky, who worked as Rooms Division Manager, and they soon married in Enniskerry Ireland. Vicky said that marrying Thomas was the best thing that ever happened to her.

A short time later Thomas met the owner of a 40 room Bed & Breakfast overlooking Lake Travis. Encouraged by the stunning views of the lake and the never-ending sunsets, Thomas eagerly took the job as General Manger with the full intent of turning the B&B into a Hotel & Event Center. In 2005 the new commercial kitchen was added to the recently completed event center and Vintage Villas Hotel & Events was established.

Thomas and Vicky’s dream came true when they had the opportunity to purchase the hotel in 2007. Thomas still operates as Vintage Villas Hotel & Events General Manger.

Fun Facts:

  • Hobbies: Anything related to vegetables and reading any non-fiction (I don’t think I really ever left college).
  • Travel experiences: Diving in Bonaire, blindly pointing to a Chinese menu item in Macau and haggling over goat skins in the souks of Marrakech.
  • Ask me about: My 3 wonderful kids and the other one, motorcycles and hand bells.

Katie Brinkman – Director of Sales & Marketing

Katie graduated from Bloomsburg University in the spring of 2002. While attending Bloomsburg, Katie had the unique opportunity to spend a semester working as a special events intern at the United States Embassy in London. This experience was the catalyst leading to a successful career in the hospitality and events industry. After graduation, Katie quickly left rural PA for the big city spending the majority of her time in Philadelphia working for Global Events Partners; Philadelphia’s premier Destination Management Company.

While she enjoyed much success in her career with GEP Philly, Katie always felt she belonged elsewhere. Not necessarily professionally, but personally. Katie began visiting various cities throughout the US and quickly fell in love with Austin, TX.

Once in Austin, Katie immersed herself in the Austin hospitality industry while selling advertising for the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, assisting with the growth of a small marketing and events firm, working as the National Sales Manager for AlliedPRA Austin and working as the Director of Catering and Conference Services at Lakeway Resort & Spa on Lake Travis. Most recently, Katie was the Senior Program Manager for CLINK! Katie is excited to be back in the hotel world and back on Lake Travis; close to home.

Katie and her husband Jeff, who is a Private Pilot in the Austin/Lakeway area, have two little girls, Caroline & Sadie.

Fun facts about Katie:

  • My pets…..Katie has a German Shorthaired Pointer named Penny, short for Pennsylvania – Kate’s home state!
  • Best place I’ve traveled to…..Sri Lanka
  • Ask me about…..Caroline and Sadie! Katie would love to show you their adorable pictures!

Megan Herosian – Event Sales Manager

Megan graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. During college, she began working as a video producer for the New England Patriots, which is where her passion for live events began. After graduating, she worked in video production at the US Treasury Dept. in Washington DC. After a few years in government work, she moved on to live event production – setting up and running live video streams from conferences and meetings around the world.

Megan and her husband, Ross, moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2012. After a few years in NY, they decided a change in scenery was in order and relocated to Austin.

Once in Austin, Megan began working as an assistant wedding coordinator and quickly moved up to be a full-time coordinator. She fell in love with the wedding industry and is excited to be working with couples to plan their perfect wedding at Vintage Villas.

Fun Facts

  • My pets…I’m obsessed with my Carolina Dog named Ellie
  • Best place I’ve traveled to…I can’t pick one! I love to travel, but most recently I went to the Isle of Skye in Scotland and it was gorgeous!
  • Ask me about…restaurants in Austin; I’m always looking for someplace new to try!

Erika Tucker – Senior Event Sales Manager

Erika is a true Austinite, born and raised in the North Austin/Cedar Park area. She left Austin to attend Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts with a  focus in Restaurant Management. After graduating, she returned to her hometown of Austin and began work as a restaurant manager for a new restaurant concept. After a few years, she spent her efforts in building a successful personal chef business where she catered large and small parties and cooked daily for clients in the area.

After a few years creating her own schedule, Erika and her husband, also a chef, accepted jobs at River Place Country Club, where Erika served as Service Director and was later promoted to Director of Catering and Events. Erika greatly enjoyed working with corporate clients and coordinating weddings, which eventually led to her accepting her position at Vintage Villas. Erika greatly enjoys working with clients to create their perfect event, reach out to her if you have specific questions about our food and beverage offerings!

Erika and her husband Seth, a chef in the Lakeway area, just welcomed their daughter Ellie to their family in May.

Fun Facts

  • My pets…We have two Australian shepherd mixes, Roux and Lucy, and a cat names Mozie that thinks she’s a dog.
  • Best place I’ve traveled to…My favorite place we’ve travelled is Santorini, Greece, though we love a good Disney World trip, too!
  • Ask me about…being a new mom! I’m surrounded in all things “baby” all the time!

Tara Weghorst – Event Sales Manager

Tara graduated from Texas A&M University in 2013 (whoop!) with a degree in Communications. Immediately following graduation, she moved to Austin, Texas and married her college sweetheart, Dustin. While planning her wedding, Tara realized she had a passion for events and quickly asked her wedding planner if she was looking for any help and as luck would have it, she was! Tara was hired as the Catering & Conference Services Assistant at Lakeway Resort & Spa where she worked on weddings and day meetings for a year before getting promoted to Conference Services Manager. Eventually, Tara and Dustin realized they were looking for a change and relocated to Denver, Colorado where Tara worked as the Communications & Events Manager for the Colorado Optometric Association. After three years in Denver, they both realized their hearts were still in Texas and moved back to Austin! Tara is excited to be back in the lone star state bringing events to life at such a beautiful venue!

Fun Facts

  • My pets…Tara has a black lab named Maya.
  • Best place I’ve traveled to…Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Ask me about…what new show I am obsessed with!

Mary Gividen – Front Office Manager

Mary Gividen - Vintage Villas Front Office Manager

Mary graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2011. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. While in college she got to participate in a study abroad semester right outside of Yosemite National Park. Throughout college, she worked at a few florist shops and a wonderful photography studio in California. The year after graduation, Mary worked at a private elementary school. In 2012 she moved from Southern California to Austin in excitement for new adventures.

Once in Austin she worked in the restaurant industry until starting work at Vintage Villas. Mary started working at Vintage Villas in early spring of 2013. She first worked as a sales assistant then moved to the hotel front desk and eventually was promoted to the hotel front office manager where she can take care of all of your hotel and room block needs. She has learned much about the wedding and event industry as well as the hotel industry through her time here.

On days off, you can find her enjoying time with her dog, watching Netflix, working on fun new projects, talking a walk or hike outside, and making chocolate covered peanuts.

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