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Meet the Team

Our team is made up of a diverse group of individuals with a wide-variety of skills, backgrounds, and personalities. We all come together with the common goal of making property management easy for our owners and making sure our guests have a memorable experience while staying on North Padre Island. 

Padre Escapes employees over 40 people in the off season and that number grows to over 100 during our peak season. Below are some of the names and faces owners and guests interact with on a daily basis, but none of what we do would be possible without our team behind the scenes. 

Christi Knoll

As one of the owners and CEO, Christi`s oversight of all operations is an integral part of the companies` success. She has insight into all areas of real estate, property management, and HOA management.

She can see the big picture and how each working part is affected by the other. She also works closely with each department on day-to-day operations. 

Christi was born and raised in the Corpus Christi area. Her husband Charlie and their two children, Caleb and Carter, have enthusiasm for fitness and well-being, they also enjoy fishing and competitive skeet shooting and spending time with their extended family. 

Charlie Knoll

Charlie is also an owner of Padre Escapes. His honesty and understanding of the local real estate and vacation rental markets is second to none and he is readily available to all property owners, both current and potential.

In addition to his role in Padre Escapes, Charlie has been a licensed Realtor/Broker for 20 years. His focus on customer service, communication, and unwavering honesty are the characteristics that were built into Padre Escapes from day one. He`s served on several boards including a term as Chairman of the Board of the Corpus Christi Association of Realtors.

Charlie is native to the area. He and his wife, Christi, are raising their two sons, Caleb and Carter, just over the bridge in Flour Bluff. The values Charlie exudes everyday are being instilled in their boys.

Terry Cox

Terry is the owner who set it all in motion. Terry has a storied real estate career of over 35 years on Padre Island. He is well-known for his honesty, integrity, hard work, and determination. These morals are the foundation that Padre Escapes was built-on.

Terry is involved in most every aspect of Padre Escapes, but he spends much of his time at El Constante, Surfside or the laundry facility which he and his wife Phyllis have been responsible for developing over the years. 

His passion and drive for the business is only surpassed by his passion for his family. In his spare time, you`ll find Terry and his wife enjoying time with their family, especially their four grandchildren. Terry and Phyllis are both very active members in their local church as well. 

Sage Viator

You`ve heard of a "Jack of all traits"? Well, we have a "Sage of all traits"! Sage has been with Padre Escapes since 2014. He is a man of many talents. He started out stocking laundry, then after working his way into reservations, he was promoted to front desk manager, and now he is the Director of Owner and Guest Services.

Sage has been trained by some of the best in the business, but he continues to expand his knowledge by attending seminars and visiting other vacation rental facilities. 

In his spare time Sage can be found traveling the dirt paths, rocky roads, beaches, or anything that he can crawl over in his Jeep. 

Emily Wilson

Emily grew up in the Rio Grande Valley. She made her way to Corpus Christi a few years back and has been a part of the Padre Escapes team since 2017. Emily is the Director of Marketing and the mastermind behind our social media. Her Christmas posts with our Elf of a Shelf, Elfonso, are hilarious! 

With a degree in advertising and a background in hospitality, along with her creative mind, positive vibe, and contagious laughter...that`s the formula for making every guest`s stay enjoyable. 

When she is out of the office, Emily and her husband Matt enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. 

Savannah Mcgrath

Ever met someone who just brings solutions and is willing to help out in any capacity? That`s Savannah! She`s been a part of the Padre Escapes Team since May of 2017. Her dedication to doing the right thing and her forth right manner have made her an asset to Padre Escapes. Will Savannah tell it like it is? 100% and we love that about her! She has been a part of the reservations team and worked in the HOA department for Surfside Condominiums. 

She is now the Assistant Director of Owner and Guest Services with a focus on the property inspections, the team that`s part of making every stay a 5 star stay for our guests. 

When Savannah`s not working you can find her spending time with her family, friends, and her dog, Remi.

Jason Cox 

Stuff happens, right? And when it does, you need a someone to fix it, like yesterday! Meet Jason. 


Jason has been running our inhouse maintenance department since we created an in house maintenance department in 2015, but he`s no stranger to the maintenance field. His career began over 25 years ago working for an area builder before going on to run his own maintenance company and finally coming onboard to run the maintenance department for us.


Jason has built an extremely versatile maintenance crew. Ask Jason if they can fix it, and you know the saying about a bear in the woods? That`s what he`ll tell you. There`s not much they can`t do - 24/7. 

 When he`s not manning his crew and making things right for our guests, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their pets, working on the family land with his nephews, and traveling.

Amber Sanchez 

Amber definitely wins the award for best morning person! She starts every morning greeting every member of our team with a huge smile. We`ve been enjoying that smile since 2019! 

Amber is our Director of Reservations, and our guests can hear that contagious smile and pleasant manner in her voice. She exemplifies good customer service!   

When she is not working for our front office, and not the middle of a water balloon fight with her boys, Amber simply enjoys being curled up on the couch watching a good romcom. 

melissa pendergrass

Melissa`s first day on the job was the Monday after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the Coastal Bend in 2017. Talk about hitting the ground running! Melissa began in our HOA department and moved to El Constante Condominiums taking care of the HOA and overseeing four phases of construction with Terry. 

Melissa is currently overseeing the HOAs and owners for El Constante Condominiums and Surfside Condominiums.

When Melissa`s not managing the day to day operations for El Constante and Surfside, she`s enjoying her family and daughters, Peyton and Bri! 

Jeremy Clayton 

Jeremy has been with us since 2013. If you called Padre Escapes in our early years, Jeremy would have taken care of you. These days, Jeremy works behind the scenes and handles marketing, rate management, and data analysis. He finds opportunities for us to grow the business and increase owner ROI.

Jeremy is a native of the Corpus Christi area. In 2004 he attained his degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. He lives on North Padre Island with his wife Lauren and their two kids, Cooper and McKinley. 

Jeremy and his family have a passion for the outdoors, in the slower season you`ll usually find them fishing, surfing, hiking, or camping. 

Tricia Rouse 

Good things come to those who wait, right? Well, the was the case with Tricia. We approached Tricia a couple of times over the years before she made the move to Padre Escapes in 2018.  

Tricia takes care of our owner`s accounting and payroll for our employees and many other accounting functions. 

Tricia is a Corpus Christi native. When Tricia isn`t handling the numbers for us, she and her husband Bill are living their best lives out on the lake.

heather whichard 

Office Admins make the world go round! So many of the day to day operations and "big picture" projects just don`t happen without those people behind the scenes making the wheels turn. 

That is especially true of Padre Escapes and Heather! She`s been onboarding our new properties since 2020, and she also supports Charlie in his role with Padre Escapes. Heather lends a hand to many departments when they need it. 

Heather has over 14 years in Hospitality experience, as well as, 7 years in Operations Management which make her the perfect fit for our Office Admin. 

sarah Harris 

We love our team members and hate to see them leave us...but sometimes, when all is right with the world, they come back...even if it`s virtually! 

Sarah made quite the splash as one of our Reservationists when she joined us in 2020, but you can`t argue with the Coast Guard and she and her husband relocated to Virginia. Sarah made her way back to us working from home in 2022. She`s back with her excellent customer service, her super attitude and pleasant nature with a genuine desire to help our guests. 

When Sarah is not working, she can still be seen on Zoom hanging out with us at an office get together. She loves dancing in her kitchen, trying new recipes, working on her artwork projects. 

Ashley Bell 

Ashley B. joined our team in 2020 when we had multiple Ashleys. She may be the lone Ashley now, but the name has stuck!

 Ashley B. is a very dedicated and thoughtful team member. She can be counted on to follow through and follow up and she`s always willing to lend a helping hand to our guests. Ashley B. attended Texas A&M University majoring in art visualization. 

When Ashley B. is not working at our front office at Surfside she is enjoying her time with her cats.


Lucy Siller 

Lucy is our Director of Housekeeping, and she joined our team in 2019. We met Lucy over at Surfside and she quickly moved over to the Mothership (home office) and works with Sage and Savannah.

 Lucy hires, trains, and oversees all our housekeeping staff and does a great job of it! Housekeeping is definitely one of the tougher departments in our business and Lucy and her team are priceless. 

When she`s not running the housekeeping department, she enjoys spending time with her family and cruising in her Challenger. 

kim dwyer 

Kim is the OG of our Maintenance Department and has been with us since 2017. Kim is the employee that wants to work weekends in the summer to best take care of her department and our owners and guests. 

Kim does a great job "maintaining" (see what we did there?) a great attitude and her trademark smile and laugh no matter the situation. 

With many years of experience in customer service, she is happy to assist visitors to make their stay a pleasant one.  Kim enjoys her life here on the island with her husband and three children.

Peter Gonzalez 

Peter spent every summer of his childhood on Padre Island, and loved it so much he moved here permanently to attend Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi in 2016. Peter has more than 12 years of Customer Service and Personnel Management experience. 

Peter joined us in 2020 as a Maintenance Coordinator. He`s Kim`s partner in crime in the Maintenance Department. Peter`s eye for detail and diligence in working with vendors for our owners and our guests is unapparelled. 

Peter has had a big change in his life since working for us. He became a dad when he and his wife welcomed their daughter, Emma, to their family. You can find Peter and his family at the Aquarium every weekend. 

Pharis Mckamy 

Pharis joined our team in 2019 when she relocated from Dallas and became our Laundry Facility Manager. Pharis is the Mom of the Laundry. She knows where everything is and can fix any situation. 

Pharis handles every aspect of managing the laundry and does it with a smile on her face! Pharis is responsible for the day to day operations of the laundry and she`s built a strong team that she loves working with every day. 

When not working, you`ll find her spending time with her grandchildren and daughters walking on the beach.


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