Meet The Team 2017-08-24T11:31:34+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 Brinkman - Director of Sales and MarketingKatie 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!

Rose Steingart – Event Sales Assistant

Rose Steingart - Vintage Villas Event Sales AssistantRose graduated from Arizona State University in spring of 2016. She earned a communications degree with a special events management certificate. Rose spent her college career working for a Wedding Coordinator in Scottsdale, Arizona. After graduation, she moved to the great city of Austin! She started her events career in the hotel industry and moved back to her passion for Weddings. Rose is excited to be a part of the Austin Wedding World.

Rose will spend most of her time off somewhere outside. Whether it’s playing soccer at Zilker park with her puppy, Nala or finding new trails on the greenbelt you can find her on an adventure. She loves travelling and exploring new countries. Her next adventure is going to be to trek in Patagonia!

Fun Facts about Rose:

  • My pets.. Rose has a Boxer/Catahoula mix named Nala! Hopefully she’ll be adopting more dogs soon!
  • Best place I’ve traveled to…. This is a hard question! Croatia has amazing views and beautiful islands but Greece has the best food.
  • Ask me about.. Travelling! I love hearing travel adventures! & would love to help plan your honeymoon.

Jennifer Cunningham – Event Sales Manager

Jennifer Cunningham - Vintage Villas Event Sales ManagerJennifer graduated from Tarleton State University in 2014. She earned a communications degree with an emphasis in public relations and event management. Jennifer worked as an intern with Legendary Weddings and Special Events throughout her time at Tarleton. After graduating Jennifer moved back to Austin to be closer to her family.

Once she moved back to Austin she started her career in the event business at Lakeway Resort and Spa. After her, a little over a year she decided to get back into the Wedding industry and joined the team at Vintage Villas!

Jennifer likes to spend her free time with her family and friends. You can typically find her on Lake Travis on her days of with her dog Willow.

Fun facts about Jennifer:

  • My pets….Jennifer has a Chiweenie named Willow.
  • Best place I’ve traveled to….Belize.
  • Ask me about….my future nephew, he will be joining our family in October

Megan Herosian – Event Sales Manager

Megan Herosian - Vintage Villas Event Sales ManagerMegan 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!

Mary Gividen – Front Office Manager

Mary Gividen - Vintage Villas Front Office ManagerMary 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 got married and moved with her husband 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 husband and dog, watching Netflix, working on fun new projects, talking a walk or hike outside and learning to make chocolate from scratch.

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