Meet the Scenic Stays Leadership Team
Over 200 Years of Combined Property Management Experience
At Scenic Stays, our rich history in hospitality lends itself to focus on our priorities as your local property management company – service, compassion, and commitment. Our dedicated leadership team is comprised of talented professionals who exemplify these core values and are driven to infuse their passion, experience, and local expertise to create the ultimate guest experience while maximizing our owner’s properties.
Our local footprint ensures we are readily available to address questions and concerns, consistently earning an average 4.5 out of 5 stars on our summer review ratings. Strategic partnerships and close working relationships with the founders of Lightmaker Property Manager (LMPM), BeHome247, and VRBO Premier enable us to leverage cutting-edge technology to simplify and streamline processes.
With over 200 years of combined property management experience, our team has a wide range of talents, skills, and experiences, enabling them to readily adapt to the changing hospitality landscape. We strive to support our local communities and provide an unparalleled partnership with owners, customers, and vendors, fostering a culture of excellence and ensuring our owners and guests enjoy every interaction with us. Partner with us and experience the Scenic Stays difference.
A Northwest Florida resident for over 40 years, Bill Abbott founded Abbott Realty Services, Inc. and Abbot Resorts in 1976. Growing it to become the biggest property management company in the Southeast, Bill served as President and Chairman until its sale to ResortQuest in 1998, where he served as a Consultant and Board member for over a decade.
Bill holds a Florida Real Estate Brokers license and has over 40 years of real estate experience in the Florida panhandle. He has been involved with over 75 condominium boards and is a recipient of numerous awards and top designations. Serving as the Governor Appointee for the Florida Advisory Committee of Condominiums, Bill was also honored as Business of the Year, Businessman of the Year, and is a recipient of the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council Above and Beyond Award. Bill’s involvement in the world of real estate lends invaluable market experience and intimate knowledge of local communities, keeping him at the top of the industry in the Florida panhandle.
Park Brady served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force for six years, eventually entering the banking business and serving as owner of numerous start-up businesses, including restaurants, hotels, property management, and long-term rentals. Park founded his first vacation rental company in Colorado in 1986, followed by a vacation rental company and real estate sales company in St. Simons Island, GA, in 2005.
Park’s first vacation rental company in Colorado joined with 11 other vacation rental companies in the IPO roll-up of ResortQuest International in 1998. Park served on the original board of ResortQuest, the largest vacation rental company in the U.S. during his time, later serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer. He has been involved in over 350 Homeowners Associations during his career and affords deep insight and unparalleled expertise in the hospitality industry.
As the former owner of Anne E. Magdic PA CPA firm, Anne Bollinger focused on Common Interest Realty Associations, providing auditing and tax services for an estimated 75 associations. A licensed Community Association Manager, Anne served as Director of Association Management for ResortQuest for nearly a decade and has been the Director of Association Management for over 60 associations in the Florida panhandle, Orlando, Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Orange Beach, Alabama.
Anne is the former President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of Community Associations Institute. She has worked with Condominium and Homeowners Associations since 1998, providing education, networking, resources, and advocacy for community association professionals and offers an in-depth understanding of all aspects of unsurpassed property management.
Lino Maldonado began his hospitality career in 1996 in the Management Training Program offered by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Moving through several key positions in operations, sales, and marketing, he eventually served as Vice President, Operations Growth and Innovation, for Wyndham Vacation Rentals, a title he would hold for 23 years.
Lino has held numerous leadership board roles serving the United Way, the American Heart Association, and the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Bureau and sits on several state-level executive boards, including the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and Visit Florida. Governor Rick Scott appointed Lino to serve on the Gulf Consortium, tasked with structuring the state’s expenditure plan for the 2010 BP Oil Spill settlement funds. Lino was also instrumental in bringing the first low-cost air carrier into the Northwest Florida Panhandle. A recipient of the Van Ness Butler Jr. Hospitality Award, Lino’s visionary leadership continues to shape Florida’s Emerald Coast into a premier tourist destination.
Chris Wheeler began his career in the hospitality industry as Regional Sales Manager with Marriott International in 2012. He then assumed roles as Guest Relations Manager and Reservations and Revenue Manager for Southern Vacation Rentals, overseeing all front desk operations and guest interactions for the region.
With a strong track record for exceeding guest expectations and roots firmly planted in the hospitality industry, Chris became Director of Revenue Management and Chief Operating Officer at Sterling Resorts before founding Scenic Stays. Chris’s commitment to building and maintaining positive relationships with homeowners and striving to achieve new efficiencies has proven critical to ensuring an elevated property management standard.
Starting as a Manager Trainee for Abbott Resorts in 1995, Ron Whitfield worked in all operations departments, eventually serving as Assistant Rental Manager, General Manager, and Senior Regional Operations Manager. Ron has held a Florida Real Estate Sales/Broker’s License in Florida and Alabama since 2005 and served as a Broker Associate for ResortQuest Real Estate. He would then assume the role of Executive General Manager for ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals before signing on as Co-Owner/President of the Scenic Stays team.
Ron holds a Community Association Management License and has been managing vacation rentals and a wide range of condominium and homeowners associations since 1995. He also served as the former President for the North Gulf Coast Chapter of Community Association Institute and served on the Executive Committee for the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council. Ron continues to further the vacation rental industry by cultivating community relationships that promote growth and enhance guest and owner experiences throughout Northwest Florida.
Scenic Stays – Your Local Property Management Company
At Scenic Stays, we recognize that your vacation rental’s success depends on the property management company representing your property. Partnering with the right team is vital to ensuring optimal real estate investment return. We look forward to sharing this journey with you and providing an unmatched level of service and expertise.