Troy Giles has been at the forefront of innovative development that has made South Padre Island a favorite destination for both vacationers and those who enjoy resort living year-round. He has played a vital role in the early growth of South Padre Island including the original Town Charter (established in 1974), the Laguna Madre Area Chamber of Commerce, the South Padre Island Volunteer Fire Department ¬ Emergency Medical Service and the original Tourist Development Corporation.Troy has served as a member of the Town Board of Aldermen (1993-95) and helped establish the current Beach Management Program, the creation of a Single Family Town Home Subdivision, and the Economic Development Corporation. He also has been instrumental in such projects as the Miss USA Pageant (broadcast live, worldwide from the South Padre Island Convention Center from 1993 to 1995), televised Miss Texas USA Pageants and the first Offshore Powerboat Races also held on South Padre Island. His continuing commitment to the local community is exhibited in his volunteer service to the Board of Directors of Chapel By The Sea and the Beautification & Parks Committee.As a Realtor, Troy Giles has participated as a Director and Committee Member in the local Board of Realtors. Through his past ownership and management of Troy Giles Realty, Island Services and SandDollar Realty & Management companies, he has first¬hand experience in daily sales and management of individual properties, land acquisition, condominium sales, rental and owner association management.
Projects in which Troy Giles has played a pivotal role include Padre South Condominium Hotel, Beach House, Beach View, Puesta del Sol, Saida Towers, Suntide Properties, Padre Grand, and Bridgepoint condominiums. He is also co¬-developer of the exclusive, innovative Boardwalk Condominium Yacht Club, a private residential marina development.
Cell Phone # (956) 551-2040
Dina Rich has been an Island visitor since the 90s, and after a career in education and technology, is enjoying life as a South Padre Island resident. She purchased her first slice of Island paradise in 2004 and has been an owner of both rental and residential property. Dina is honored to be a part of the Troy Giles Realty team, knowing that she has the strength, knowledge, and experience of a company with more than 45 years in the SPI real estate business standing behind her. A graduate of the Kaplan School of Real Estate, she is a member of the Texas Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Dina is the chairman of the South Padre Island Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service Committee, and is a director on the South Padre Island Board of Realtors. She holds the certifications/designations of Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS), Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA), Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), e-PRO Certified Internet Real Estate Marketing, and Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI). She has three college degrees, and is a member of Mensa.
Dina has appeared on HGTV’s “Island Life” and “Beachfront Bargain Hunt.”
As former educator, Dina strives to ensure that her clients are informed of the latest market trends, enabling them to make wise buying/selling decisions. With her background in technology, she creates a strong online marketing presence for seller’s properties in order to reach that perfect buyer.
“I grew up in the Pittsburgh area, and at the age of seven, visited the New Jersey beach for the first time. As I was listening to my parents make conversation with our waitress one morning at breakfast, it suddenly dawned on me that there are people who actually live in vacation towns; they never have to ‘go home.’ From that point, it became my dream to someday live at the beach; to be one of the fortunate few who do not have to pack up and return home at the end of the week. Just as my dream finally came to fruition, I hope to make other’s property ownership dreams come true.”
So give Dina a call – because you’ll never know how many friends you have until you own a home at the beach!
Glenda George moved to South Padre Island from Yorkville, Illinois in 2013. As a native of the Rio Grande Valley, Glenda was ready to leave the cold & snow of the Midwest and return to where her childhood memories brought her the most happiness, which is the sun and the sand on South Padre Island.
With an Associates in Accounting and over 20 years of experience in accounting, customer service and sales Glenda started off as one of our HOA Property Managers when first joining our team. She soon realized her true calling, which was beach home sales and earned her Texas Real Estate Sales License shortly after and has been selling non-stop since. She never meets a stranger, enjoys establishing relationships with her clients and is always ready and available to find the perfect beach home.
“My fondest memories are of our family vacations on South Padre Island. My goal is to help my clients enjoy island living and create their own lifelong memories.”
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Cell Phone #: (281) 779-0572
J. Rudy Gonzalez, Jr
Originally from Eagle Pass, Tx, Rudy received his Bachelor’s Degree at SouthWest Texas State University in San Marcos and continued on to receive his Master’s Degree at Pan American University. Rudy has been a resident of Harlingen since 1982 where he resides with his wife, Laura Toscano Gonzalez and son, Joseph Ryan Gonzalez. Rudy was a High School football coach for 31 years at Valley schools ranging from Brownsville to La Joya before retiring from coaching in 2013. Rudy has been involved with Real Estate since 1994, owning rental properties and selling real estate part time at Mason and Co. Realtors in Harlingen. TGRM welcomes Rudy to our team and we are looking forward to a long and prosperous future. Give Rudy a call today to start your search for South Padre Island Real Estate!
Cell Phone #: (956) 536-5306
Karen Moore has held her real estate license since 1994 and began working with Troy Giles Realty in 1997. In 1985, Karen came to the Island from Dallas where she was self employed as a private investigator for many years. The Island pace brought out her more creative side and she began working to bring world famous artist Wyland to paint one of his famous marine murals. Efforts were successful with the assistance of the South Padre Island Community Foundation (SPICF) and over 100 volunteers. The South Padre Island Convention Centre is a popular attraction where Mural #53 can be viewed. Described as a “career volunteer,” Karen has served with the SPICF since 1991 and is currently Vice-President. The history of the Island is an interest to Karen and she is also an advisory board member of the Historic Museum of South Padre Island. In the past, Karen has served on various boards to include the Property Listing Service (PLS), the Valley Proud Environmental Council, the Rio Grande Valley Music Festival, and the South Padre Island Beautification Committee (10 years), and was an advisory board member of TIFT, the largest fishing tournament in Texas. She wrote a regular newspaper column, “For Padre’s Sake,” supporting area beautification efforts. Karen’s belief is: “It is much easier to welcome a new buyer or sell an existing property when your community is clean, beautiful, and has quality activities for families to enjoy. It just goes hand-in-hand.
Cell Phone #: (956) 639-9494
Mundo Laguera was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico and has been visiting the South Padre Island since 1969 after his Grandfather built a house here. “I have been vacationing here since the 70’s; every Ester Week, Summer, some Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. The Island has always been one of my favorite places to vacation. In 1981 I move to the Island to attend college for one semester and learned English with an interest in Marine Biology. At that point I became an Island resident and starting to enjoy South Padre Island as my Home.”
Mundo finished his college basics in Brownsville when he made the decision that South Padre Island was his home. “I decided to stay here on SPI but had to find work to help with tuition, books and living expenses. In the early 80’s after the Peso’s devaluation plans changed, but not my feelings for the Island. I became a Dive Master for one of the first SCUBA Diving instructors on So. Padre Island, worked at many restaurants, bars, beach rentals and then began selling Time Share at Saida Royale’s Beach & Tennis Club. My next move was to become a Real Estate Agent.”
“In 1994 my first daughter was born and at the same time I finished my classes and passed the TREC Test to become an active Texas Real Estate Salesperson. Since then, I have helped many clients find their dream vacation homes, condos, and other types of property on South Padre island. I have represented many investors from US, Mexico, and Overseas and participated in many of the beachfront lots that sold from the 90’s till present. I have sold many beachfront condos to many investors from Monterrey and US. and many still own those properties and they still enjoy the Island as much as I do. My second Daughter was born in the year 2000 and I started with a New Real Estate office, which lasted for 15 years. Now, working with Troy Giles Realty will allow me to help and assist many more Buyers and Sellers promote and sell their properties.”
Mundo has been selling real estate for 24 years and his experience and love for the Island is a great addition to the Troy Giles Realty Team.
Cell Phone #: (956) 299-0507
Melissa Clark is a licensed Realtor for Troy Giles Realty as well as the Office Manager. After moving to South Padre Island in 1995 and graduating from Port Isabel High School in 2000 Melissa began working in Real Estate and eventually found her way to Troy Giles Realty in 2003. Since then she has seen the Island grow to become a fantastic area to invest in homes or condominiums for rental income and/or a wonderful area to live year round. Melissa now lives in Los Fresnos with 2 sons so her service area has extended off the bridge and into the mainland. Whether you are looking for an Island Home to escape to or a permanent resident across the Bay Melissa is happy to offer her real estate services to you.
Cell Phone #: (956) 455-0077
Will grew up and was a resident on South Padre Island until 1998 before moving to Palm Beach, Florida.. In 2006 he enrolled at Florida State University, where he attended college for the next four years. During his tenure at FSU, wanting a sound education in small business and financial planning, Will double majored in Entrepreneurship and Finance, and minored in Hospitality. Upon graduation, Will decided to move back to South Padre Island, where he saw enormous potential in the local economy and especially the real estate market. “South Padre is a one of a kind destination to live, work, and invest. This is one of the last undeveloped coastlines in the nation, consisting of miles of gorgeous beachfront and has tremendous growth potential” He first began working at Troy Giles Realty as a real estate sales agent. In March of 2012 he decided to start SPI Rentals, a luxury vacation rental company specializing in higher end properties and providing the best customer service South Padre has to offer. He currently manages and oversees the daily operations of SPI Rentals, LLC and is always available to sit down with homeowners and rental guests to discuss the current rental market. He is very active in the real estate industry and enjoys working with buyers and sellers on South Padre Island property transactions. Will is committed to offering professional, courteous customer service to all guests and well-managed home care for all homeowners.
Cell Phone #: 956-408-0700
Originally from Chicago, Illinois Arnie spent 25 years in the hospitality business working as a Chef, Executive Chef, and Corporate Chef, Director of Food and Beverage, and General Manager with Hilton, Hyatt, and the Kahler Corporation. While working in Rochester Minnesota as a Corporate Chef connected with the Mayo Clinic, Arnie had the great pleasure to provide meals for many US Presidents, Governors, Senators, and Corporation Executives as well as Kings, Queens, Princesses, and Sheiks. Arnie also opened several well known restaurant in Hotels throughout the country. Currently Arnie is President/CEO of Coastal Lifestyles, Inc., South Padre Island’s Premier Luxury Rental Company.
Cell Phone # (956) 433-9180
Patrick McNulty grew up in Highland Park (Dallas), Texas and graduated from Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) with a BBA and a minor in Real Estate. He has been involved in real estate on South Padre Island for 22 years and began working as a sales agent for the Villas of South Padre while still in college. After graduation Patrick was promoted to Project Manager of Development and later became Vice President of the holding company with responsibilities including management and oversight of contractors building the perimeter wall, gate house, amenity center, and beach access; representing the Villas at various meetings with town officials, engineers, and architects; oversight of all joint ventures at The Villas; contract negotiations; closings; and transfer of the HOA. Once the Villas of South Padre project was completed, he started his own development and construction company on South Padre Island, Willis Development, L.L.C., which is a general contractor specializing in residential and light commercial projects. Patrick also has experience in hotel/commercial valuations and sales and served as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee for the City of South Padre Island for 10 years. Patrick was elected Mayor of the City of South Padre Island in 2019 Patrick’s education combined with his “on the job” training, and his great pride in the product he builds, will make him a wonderful asset to the Team at Troy Giles Realty.
Cell Phone: (956) 572-3191
Cell Phone # (956) 328-4092
Alice Carruth Donahue
Alice Carruth Donahue joined Troy Giles Realty as an Associate Broker. Donahue joins Troy Giles and Patrick McNulty as one of three brokers. A solid addition to Troy Giles Realty, Donahue went to Saint Joseph Academy, has a degree from the University of Texas Austin in Liberal Arts, English. Having been raised in Panama, Donahue speaks fluent Spanish which is an asset when selling real estate on the Island. Donahue became a real estate broker on SPI in 1995. She trained in the Luxury division at Keller Williams in Austin and is proud to be working with Giles and all the agents at TGR. Texas Monthly once referred to her as the “condo queen of SPI.” Donahue has hit the ground running and is ready to sell your property.
Cell Phone # (956) 572-3403
A native of the area, South Padre Island Real Estate Agent Pete Zurita now resides with his wife Danica Rae Bird and daughter Emerald Rae on South Padre Island and knows the “Island Community” and surrounding areas inside and out.
He graduated from Port Isabel High School and went on to receive his Associate’s degree in International Business/Marketing from Northwood University. He also received his certificate in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Houston, later becoming an Executive Chef and owning two restaurants and a catering company.
Pete has been in the Hospitality/Tourism business for 20 plus years both domestic and internationally, as well as property management, and owning a successful remodeling/restoration business. While managing his business and attending online classes at Allied Business Schools Pete earned his Texas Real Estate License.
His experience has led him to travel/work in many places around the world, ultimately settling back home in South Padre Island. Pete Zurita comments with a smile, (Sharing/Selling a “Piece of Paradise” on South Padre Island has become my motto!!)
The extent of Pete’s experience and continuous education in his passion for success, makes him the South Padre Island Real Estate Agent that will hustle for you and do what it takes to find your “Piece of Paradise” or sell it quickly and efficiently.
Cell Phone # (956) 641-6239