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Meet the Royal Destinations Team

Here at Royal Destinations, we are dedicated to providing extraordinary 30A vacation experiences for families and friends because the status quo is boring. Our heart lies in going beyond to continually raise the high-water mark for service expectations in our industry and to execute on the delivery of these expectations by doing each and everything better than it has been done before.

Our unique, close-knit team is committed to providing the best service to all of our guests and homeowners. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to anyone on the team, we’re all here to help!

Bailey Kohan

Bailey is originally from Pennsylvania and has lived in Florida for the past 8 years. She’s a proud dog mom to a beautiful bulldog, named Maverick, and is also a proud girlfriend to a nurse. She truly loves working at Royal Destinations and being able to interact with people on a daily basis. It makes her heart happy to put a smile on people's faces.

Best Kept Secret on 30a: Travel in the fall! (Fewer crowds and amazing weather.)

Favorite Breakfast Spot: The Perfect Pig, hands down. (Order the french toast!)

Best Part of Royal Destinations: The people. I love them.

Favorite Quote: "God gives the toughest battles to his strongest soldiers".

Blakely Newby

Born in South Carolina and raised in Tennessee, Blakely and her new husband moved to Florida in 2019 after visiting for many years. Growing up in Memphis with her 4 sisters and parents there was never a dull moment in her house. She attended Ole Miss, where she adopted her four-legged best friend, Dax.

Favorite Restaurant: Pickle Factory

Favorite Beach: Blue Mountain Beach

Something Others May Not Know About You: I have lived in 6 different states and 7 different cities

Inspired By: My parents

Bobby Mitchell

Bobby has lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida for most of his life but stayed on the West Coast for about 3 years. To him, nothing beats the sand and the sea! He also plays guitar and strives to be the best he can be at whatever he does in and out of the workplace.

Favorite Restaurant: McGuire's

Favorite Non-Beach Activity: Making music

Best Part of Royal Destinations: Everything, couldn't say a bad thing about this company!

Favorite Quote: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

Bob Stevenson

Bob is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Penn State University, where he studied Business and Recreation & Park Management. He’s enjoyed a great career as a golf professional, allowing him to live all across the country. Walton County, Florida is his favorite place to be and he’s thrilled to be back and working with the great team at Royal Destinations.

Favorite Place For a Cocktail: Bud and Alley’s

Favorite Beach: Grayton

After Hours: with Melea, Rigs, and Remi

Something Others May Not Know About You: I was awarded a U.S. patent on a golf club.

Brenda Artz

Brenda was raised in Nashville and moved with her three children to the beach in 2013. She was on the opening team at The Pearl in Rosemary and joined the Royal team in 2014. For 3 years, she ran her own housekeeping business and came back to Royal in August 2020. Fun fact: She worked for 20 years in corporate marketing before moving to the beach!

Favorite Breakfast Spot: Doughnut Hole

Best Kept Secret Along 30A: Johnny McTighe's in Blue Mountain

Best Part of Royal Destinations: Team atmosphere. People are genuinely nice.

After Hours: Spending time with family

Brian Moffatt

Brian moved his family to 30A from Jacksonville for what was supposed to be a brief diversion from the world of corporate finance. After settling here, they got hooked on the 30A lifestyle and Brian has since served as a portfolio manager for a large, privately held development group, as a hospitality consultant on several development projects, and helped launch The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach. This background cultivated a passion for raising service expectations along 30A, and he has spent the last six years dedicated to Royal Destinations with that as his primary goal.

Favorite Beach: Isn't that what's great about 30A -- that we even get to ask 'which beach'? It's the variety of beaches on 30A that is my favorite.

Best Kept Secret Along 30A: Beach bonfires.

Best Part of Royal Destinations: The team - every single person on this page.

Inspired By: Travel.

Cody Michaud

Cody was born and raised in Jacksonville Beach, FL (Go Jags!) and moved to 30A in 2020 to join the Royal Team. After living here for a few months, he believes it was the best decision he’s ever made! Outside of work, he enjoys surfing, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, and the great outdoors.

Favorite Breakfast Spot: Big Bad Breakfast

Favorite Beach: Grayton Beach

Best Part of Royal Destinations: Working with the best team on the beach.

Inspired By: My Parents and Grandparents

Cynthia Brown

Cynthia is a Panama City Beach native. In her free time, you will find Cynthia spending time with her family, likely on the ballfield watching her grandson play baseball.

Favorite Restaurant: Seagrove Village Market

Favorite Non-Beach Activity: Attending sporting events to support my grandson, Landon.

Best Part of Royal Destinations: Every day is a new adventure and the people I work with make it fun!

Favorite Quote: “The struggle you're in today, is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”

David Conkle

David is originally from Pensacola, Florida. Outside of work, he enjoys surfing, fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Place For a Cocktail: Bud and Alley's

Favorite Beach: Grayton Beach

Inspired By: My Father and Grandfather.

Favorite Quote: "The purpose of life is finding the largest burden you can bear and then bearing it." - Jordan Peterson

Dawn Beckowitz

After growing up in Gallatin and Cleveland, TN, Dawn made her way to Tallahassee, FL in the early 1990s and finally moved to the 30A area in 2012. She has worked in the hospitality industry for 11 plus years and has 2 grown sons and a husband of 30 years that she loves dearly!

Why Do You Love 30A?: It’s not just about the beach it’s about the lifestyle

Alternate Dream Job: Gardener

Something Others May Not Know About You: I’m a Certified Life Coach

Favorite Quote: "Nothing lasts forever. So live it up, drink it down, laugh it off, avoid drama, take chances, and never have regrets because at one point everything you did was exactly what you wanted." -Marilyn Monroe

Emily Morris

Originally from the area, Emily grew up in an Air Force family, moving a bit when she was younger, but eventually found her way back to the beach. There’s nothing that she loves more than making sure everyone's vacation runs as smoothly as possible in her hometown! (Have we mentioned that our concierge company puts on amazing beach bonfires?)

Favorite Place For a Cocktail: Shunk Gulley

Favorite Breakfast Spot: Black Bear Bread Co.

After Hours: Baking

Alternate Dream Job: Owning a bakery.

Heather Hosford

Heather is an experienced Director of Sales with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality and commodity industries. Skilled in business development, investment properties, ROI, negotiation, operations, and commodity-based pricing. Heather specializes in luxury destinations, premier property management, and long-term partnerships.

Favorite Restaurant: Summer Kitchen and Surfing Deer (tie)

Favorite Place For a Cocktail: Café Thirty-A. Everybody knows your name. It’s the “Cheers” of 30A!

Inspired By: My son inspires me to be his best role model.

Favorite Quote: “Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark.” -Jay Danzie

Helen Arndt

Originally from the Philippines, Helen moved to California in 1991 and made her way to Florida in 2003. In Helen’s free time, she enjoys shopping and spending time with her family.

Favorite Restaurant: Shunk Gulley

Favorite Non-Beach Activity: Shopping and spending time with her family

Alternate Dream Job: Queen, being able to rule over others

Favorite Quote: “You don't need someone to complete you, you only need someone to accept you completely.”

Jamie Caldwell

Jamie has been a local for about 10 years and couldn’t be happier to live here. He enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Restaurant: The Bay

Favorite Non-Beach Activities: Duck hunting out in the bays behind my house.

Best Part of Royal Destinations: is I’m always doing something different each day, and getting to meet a lot of new faces.

Something Others May Not Know About You: I just started learning to play guitar, literally the other day.

Jennifer Moffatt

After graduating from the University of Florida—Go Gators!—and spending a couple of years working in Jacksonville, Jennifer moved to Santa Rosa Beach. The original intention was that this would be a small detour but that was 15 years ago. That’s part of the fun in detours—sometimes you end up with something far better than if you would have stayed the course. The South Walton community is truly a unique and incredible area, and I feel very blessed to be a part of it.

Favorite Breakfast Spot: Black Bear Bread Co

Why do you love 30A?: Aside from its beautiful beaches, 30A really serves as a lifestyle.

After Hours: I have two boys, so there is never a dull (or free) moment!

Something Others May Not Know About You: Being lucky enough to live in this area, 30A is a very hard act to follow, but I absolutely love to travel.

Favorite Quote: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” –Chinese Proverb

Jenny Lewis

Jenny is a true Floridian, growing up right here in the Florida panhandle and has a love for the beach life. There is a true meaning to "there is no place like home" so it was an easy decision to raise her own family here along the beach. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, boating, running, and spending time with her family.

Favorite Place For a Cocktail: Pescado

Why Do You Love 30A?: 30A has beautiful Coastal Dune Lakes, State Parks, Biking Trails as well as several beautiful communities.

After Hours: Catching a sunset on the beach with a glass of wine or listening to live music along 30A

Favorite Quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

Jonathon McElroy

Jonathon is a father of three girls and is expecting his first grandchild in June of 2021. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and golf.

Favorite Place For a Cocktail: The Local Catch or Shunk Gulley

Best Part of Royal Destinations: How family-oriented and compassionate they are towards their employees.

Alternate Dream Job: Racing offshore boats, at record-breaking speeds!

My Favorite Quote Is: BEST TEAM ON THE BEACH (#BTOTB!) - That’s what we stand by/say in our maintenance family.

Josh Hudson

Josh (or Hudson, as the Royal Team affectionately calls him) loves to have fun but is a man on a mission. He enjoys art, motorcycles, muscle cars, but most importantly, family. He works hard so his family can rest easy.

Favorite Non-Beach Activity: Motorcycle rides along the beach

Favorite Restaurant: Blue Mabel Smokehouse And Provisions

Pursuits: I have many, but my major love is and will always be the art of music. The constant state of creativity in the art of any kind is something I will always go after.

Something Others May Not Know About You: The reason I decided to pursue my career field is that I genuinely want to help people tangibly fix problems or problem areas. Whether it’s advice on something or fixing something, it's just a way to put someone else before myself.

Kim Stiffler

Kim was raised in the Military for the most part of her life and had two of the most supportive parents that always strived to show her the true meaning of strength and foundation. Kim attributes her parents for the person she is today. They instilled many core values into her life, including being a determined & driven individual who truly cares about others and is always available to help with any situation.

Favorite Beach: Blue Mountain holds so many memories for me and to this day, I return to the same exact spot when I want to enjoy our beautiful beaches!!

Favorite Breakfast Spot: You can never go wrong with the Lobster Grits at Cracklins in Grayton Beach!!

Something Others May Not Know About You: I will literally stop all traffic, even on the interstate to rescue a turtle!!

Favorite Quote: “Be the person who wakes up with purpose and intent...who shows up and never gives up. Be the person who believes anything is possible and is willing to work for it.”

Lindsay Woods

Originally from Georgia, Lindsay and her husband moved to the Emerald Coast in 2012. After a few years of coastal living, the two traded the sugar-white sand for the Virginia snow. After only a few snow-filled winters, the two packed up and made the move back to the beach! “If you’re lucky enough to live at the beach, you’re lucky enough.”

Favorite Breakfast Spot: Black Bear Bread Co.

Favorite Beach: Rosemary Beach

After Hours: Likely on the water somewhere with my husband.

Favorite Quote: “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

Maci Vickers

Originally from South Georgia, Maci always dreamed of living at the beach. When she was offered the opportunity to join the Royal Destinations team, it didn't take her much time to realize moving to the beach was the best decision. Being able to live and work on 30A is a daily adventure “that I wouldn't trade for anything”!

Favorite Beach: Grayton Beach

I love 30A Because: There's no place like it.

Best Part of Royal Destinations: We’re a work family that shows unconditional support and cares about each other.

My Inspiration: My nephew. My only goal is to make him proud.

Marissa Bracken

Marissa has always enjoyed making people happy and has a love for hospitality. After earning a degree in Hospitality Management from FSU and working in the restaurant industry, she had an opportunity to serve people in the vacation rental business. She immediately fell in love with the 30A area and the quick pace of property management.

Favorite Breakfast: Black Bear Bread Company

Favorite Beach: Watersound Beach

Best Part of Royal Destinations: The team. Everyone is so great to work with!!

Alternate Dream Job: I’d run an animal shelter.

Merle Lemon

After Merle retired from law enforcement, he and his wife, Mary, moved to South Walton five years ago. We've known for decades these beaches are the best in the country.

Favorite Restaurant: Johnny McTighe's Irish Pub

Favorite Beach: Blue Mountain Beach

Alternate Dream Job: Dog Catcher

Favorite Quote: “We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” George Orwell

Rebecca Cruz

Rebecca is originally from New York, but after moving to Florida and exploring different cities across the state, she thinks that 30A takes the cake for its beauty! In her downtime, she loves exploring the outdoors, cooking, and trying new restaurants in the area. 

Favorite Restaurant: The Bay

Favorite Non-Beach Activity: Walking the trails in our nearby state parks. 

Inspired By: Everyone that I have the privilege of working with every day! 

Favorite Quote: Seek Discomfort  

Ron Bruner

Growing up on the Florida Panhandle, Ron has always loved the coastal lifestyle. Living in South Walton for most of his 23 years of marriage, he and his wife feel truly blessed to be raising their little boy along 30A!

Favorite Breakfast Spot: Strolling the Seaside Farmers Market on Saturday mornings with a coffee and fresh blueberry muffin.

Why Do You Love 30A?: There’s no place quite like it! Love the laid-back family vibe and incredible beauty.

Something Others May Not Know About You: I’m a beekeeper and love sharing this passion with my little boy (and the honey with my wife).

Favorite Quote: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

Scott Timmsen

Born and raised in South Florida, Scott has embraced the southern culture of hospitality. He’s a techie and is always looking forward to the latest releases in the tech world!

Favorite Restaurant: Freshii

Why do you love 30A?: The diverse and unique look of each section of 30A.

After Hours: Tinkering with anything that’s based on technology.

Inspired By: Nikola Tesla

Tim McKendry

Originally from the west coast, Tim moved to the gulf coast in 1988. He joined the Royal Destinations maintenance team and absolutely loves it.

Favorite Restaurant: My favorite place to eat is the Cowgirl Kitchen their pork tacos are amazing.

Favorite Non-Beach Activities: In my spare time I love to fish and play golf.

Inspired By: I am inspired by my father he taught me to work hard and never be a quitter if you fall get back up.

Something Others Might Not Know About You: Others probably don't about when I was younger I was quite an athlete especially playing baseball. And I was a baseball coach in little league for 15 years.

Timothy Reynolds

Tim came to our area in 1969 as a teenager. In 1975 he entered the U.S. Air Force and proudly served for twenty years. Tim began a career in Property and Vacation Rental Management after acquiring an Associates's Degree in Real Estate Management and has worked in numerous positions associated with this career field over the past 24 years.

Favorite Restaurant: Angelina's

Favorite Non-Beach Activity: Nature Walks

After Hours: Spends time with family and friends

Something Others May Not Know About You: Worked with Presidential Aircraft Fleet Operations Andrews AFB at the pleasure of President Reagan & President Bush 1983-1990.

Favorite Quote: “The right person at the right place and at the right time can make the difference between success and failure.”