Kristy was born and raised in Florida where she attended and graduated from the University of Central Florida before moving out west to fulfill her love for the mountains, skiing and everything outdoors. In her spare time, she loves music and songwriting and fulfilled a lifelong dream when she went back to school to obtain a second bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado to study Music Business.
While in school, she began working in commercial and residential real estate management in Denver, overseeing everything from high rise office buildings, residential apartments, commercial HOA’s and client relations that continued into a fulltime position for over 8 years.
In 2019 she purchased Grand Mountain Rentals and began a lifelong dream of living and working in the Rocky Mountains and enjoying life in beautiful Grand County, Colorado with her partner Nathan and their dog Lil’ Blackie. She is dedicated to running a highly attentive and knowledgeable local operation filled with people who love what they do and where they live!
Melina started with Grand Mountain rentals in 2021. She spent 20+ years managing in corporate food service, running large operations, events, and staffing crews. She was ready for a career change and fell into property management once Covid changed the scope of management and policies in the work force. She is so happy to be working in the mountains and loves the small town feel in Grand Country.
Born and raised in Oviedo, Florida, Melina comes from an old farming family that settled in Slavia in the early 1900’s and started a Lutheran church and school that she attended in her early years. After that, Melina attended Florida College of Jacksonville where she studied fire science and received a volleyball scholarship. After college, she moved to Colorado to enjoy the change of seasons, enjoy outdoor activities and beautiful Colorado scenery.
In her spare time, Melina enjoys fly fishing, hunting, snow shoeing, camping, paddle boarding and hanging with her dog Duck. She has 3 nieces and visits her parents and brother in Florida as often as she can. She loves the beach and being on the boat with her family. She met her now husband Ty in 2015 and he’s a Colorado native, because of this, they will not be leaving this beautiful state anytime soon!
- Property Manager and Account Services
Sophia was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, before moving to Colorado Springs in 2021 with her boyfriend August and their cat Sundance. In 2022 they made the move to Grand Lake to be closer to family after frequently making trips there together since 2019. Sophia has studied at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and Southeast Community College. Her professional background includes seven years of diverse sales based guest and client services. Getting her start in restaurants and bars working her way up the chain before eventually transitiong to other careers in hospitality before ending up in Property Management.
She keeps busy in her spare time by practicing and studying yoga, and is on her way to becoming a yoga teacher and dedicated yogi. Sophia loves staying active, engaging in anything and everything mountain sports, from hiking,climbing, kayaking, skiing and more!
Sophia is passionate about creating an upholding an exceptional standard for customer service, and takes pride in her ability to create genuine connections with others. She's very excited to bring her powers of organization, efficiency, and authenticity to the team at Grand Mountain Rentals.
Justin is the owner and operator of JP's Property Services and is a jack of all trades with maintenance, handyman and hot tub servicing! Justin is a Colorado native and understands the weather patterns and sometimes harsh environment of the Rocky Mountains. Justin has been in the service industry for over 15 years and is CPO certified (Certified Pool Operator) and he makes it a priority to know and understand the different needs that all of our homes require and is dedicated to assisting when it counts.
He and his wife Heather live in Grand Lake and enjoy mountain living to the fullest. You can catch them on their pontoon boat in the summer months or on the slopes during the winter and. Their love for animals is apparent as they have 4 furbabies in their family! Heather is a successful dog trainer in the area and owns Moving Mountain Dog Training here in Grand County. GMR is beyond thrilled to have partnered with Justin as his expertise and insight is unmatched.
Lil' Blackie and Duck are living their best lives up here in Grand Lake. They can be found snoozing in the office, eating treats, playing in the snow and greeting guest as they arrive. They love the water and car rides. Make sure you say hi if you stop in to see us!