Here at BlueSun Vacations, we take immense pride in the integrity, dedication and friendliness of our team. 

From the moment you call one of our agents — aka BeachMasters –, your trip is in safe, capable, experienced hands. That’s our guarantee.

And I bet you’re wondering why we call our travel agents BeachMasters. Well, it’s because they’re just that — masters of the beach! Each and every one of our team members have personally experienced the destinations we are sending you to — meaning they actually know what they’re talking about.

So, whether you’re headed to the white sand beaches of Mexico or the Caribbean, we promise to make your planning process as simple and enjoyable as possible.

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So… without further ado, meet our team! They’re awesome.

Ben Richards

I am an explorer at heart, and I love taking others along for the adventure. I grew up in the Ozarks, but work and wanderlust have taken me around the world. Through my travels, I have learned that despite diversity, we are all very similar. My wife is lovely and I live to make the world better for my three kiddos.

My beach stay in three words: Laugh. Sleep. Play.
I never go to the beach without: A Solid Drink, a Great Book, and a Good Friend
Favorite beach escape: Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Ben Richards


Matt Brelsford

Growing up in Ocean City, New Jersey, I was destined to be a beach bum. My adolescent summers were spent hitting the beach by 10 am, and leaving once it was too dark to stay out. Winter didn’t stop me — I dawned a wetsuit for some chilly surfing. In 2005, I moved to Northwest Arkansas amd officially became a “shoobie” (a tourist who visits the seashore for a day).

My beach stay in three words: Beach Hair Always
I never go to the beach without: My Board Shorts
Favorite beach escape: Secrets the Vine

Matt Brelsford
Head of Business Operations

Kathryn Temple

My first international plane ride was at 8 months old. Since then, I’ve explored 45 states and almost 20 countries. Much of my international travel has been during my ten years as a corporate event planner. I love the opportunity to take someone’s vision, collaborate on the creation and then exceed expectations in the execution. Life is a journey with many incredible destinations to discover!

My beach stay in three words: Mas cerveza, please
I never go to the beach without: Sunnies
Favorite beach escape: Nevis

Kathryn Temple
Head of Weddings

Jacob Moore

I was born and raised in the flat, heartland state that is Nebraska. Raised in a desolate place of endless corn fields, I knew that something more must exist. While my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the best answer to life’s questions, a close 2nd is swimming in the crystal waters of Cancun above a giant sea turtle.

My beach stay in three words: Scuba. Spa. Swim-up Bars.
I never go to the beach without: Friends
Favorite beach escape: Secrets Akumal

Jacob Moore
Digital Media Manager

Mary Eastman

I grew up loving travel, so it’s been a great experience to check out new places from Riviera Maya (one of my favorites) to Punta Cana. Seeing people ecstatic about their recent vacations makes me love what I do. It’s the best. I’ve recently settled back into my native home of Fayetteville, Arkansas. My husband and I are thoroughly enjoying life with our son, our two pups, family and friends!

My beach stay in three words: Water, Sun, Seafood
I never go to the beach without: Chap-Stick, iPad, Perrier
Favorite beach escape: Zoetry Villa Rolandi

Mary Eastman

Toby Wills

Northwest Arkansas born and raised! On the farmland I spent most of my days! I am a husband to my best friend, Rachel Lynn. I am a father to a cross-eyed, buck-toothed cat, named Geoff. I love helping people do what they love to do and I have a burning passion for anything musical.

My beach stay in three words: Beer, Rinse, Repeat
I never go to the beach without: My Wife, My Ukulele and a Cigar
Favorite beach escape: Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita

Toby Wills

Amanda Shookcolorheadshot(47of51)

Arkansas native, world traveler, young soul, and adventurer. I’m passionate about people and learning about other cultures. I love to explore and push myself outside of my comfort zone by trying new things. Sports, hammocking, reading, traveling, and drinking coffee are a few of my favorite things. If I don’t know you already, I’d love to, so call me up!

My beach stay in three words: Let it be.
I never go to the beach without: Music, Books, Chap-Stick, Chacos, and an Appetite
Favorite beach escape: Secrets Akumal

Amanda Shook

Lindsey Browncolorheadshot(36of51)

I love people, tattoos and 90s R&B. Life has a lot to offer and the world’s got a lot to see. So whether it be on a motorcycle through the backwoods of Northwest Arkansas, or lying on the beach of a Caribbean resort, I want to see it all.

My beach stay in three words: Ends to Soon
I never go to the beach without: A Good Book
Favorite beach escape: Secrets The Vine

Lindsey Brown

Justin Robertson

Born in Texas, and raised in NW Arkansas, I’m a humorous and fun loving guy who loves movies, games, and books! I’m always looking forward to a new adventure. I love experiencing new cultures and trying new things, and I hope to visit a country on every continent (maybe even Antarctica if it’s not too much trouble, haha).

My beach stay in three words: Fun. Relaxing. Eventful.
I never go to the beach without: A Good Book
Favorite beach escape: Secrets Akumal

Justin Robertson

Maliah Pinkleton

I’m a Mom to a gorgeous 12 year old dancing daughter who is my life! I’m a photographer, wine enthusiast, foodie and free spirit. I love to travel and experience new things.

My beach stay in three words: Relaxing. Fun. Lots of good food!
I never go to the beach without: A sense of wonder
Favorite beach escape: The Bahamas

Maliah Pinkleton


Gloria Emmanuelson

I am a Fun loving, creative person who enjoys and thrives interacting with all types of people!

My beach stay in three words: Relaxing, fun, sun!
I never go to the beach without: Sunglasses, Sunscreen, My favorite book
Favorite beach escape: Riviera Maya

Gloria Emmanuelson




Jeff Rudolph

I am a traveler and a talker! 10 countries and counting, I love going places and experiences new things. I also like talking about what I love, and one of those things is getting people on vacation! My desire behind my job, and the reason why I continue doing what I do, is to problem solve, finding people an affordable and valuable option for a vacation that will enrich the lives of all those going!

My beach stay in three words: Salty, sandy, adventure
I never go to the beach without: A frisbee
Favorite beach escape: Secrets The Vine

Jeff Rudolph


Jeffrey Karrow

I am a husband and a father of 3 amazing kids who keep us very busy with all sorts of activities. Life with them is a little crazy but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

My beach stay in three words: Time to getaway
I never go to the beach without: Sunscreen. It may not be obvious but I am a redhead.
Favorite beach escape: If it has white sand and an ocean, I’m in!

Jeffrey Karrow



Katye Prater

I’m a pretty simple gal, get me a glass of wine and a good Netflix show and I’m having a good time. If pizzas included it’s an added bonus. I love to travel with friends and family and love exploring new places and learning about new cultures. When I’m not traveling I’m hanging with my cat, Benny, going to concerts, cooking, and spending time with friends and family or watching a good murder mystery.

My beach stay in three words: Beach. Chair. Drink.
I never go to the beach without: Sunscreen, bathing suit, hat
Favorite beach escape: Riviera Maya

Katye Prater

Shelby Pfeffer

I grew up with my toes in the sand of Southern California beaches. I have called Northwest Arkansas home for 10 years now, I have fallen in love with Southern hospitality! Traveling has been integral part of my life—I was five years old when I first took an airplane across the country. I find peace of mind & humility hundreds of miles away from home, what ever the setting may be. I love serving others and creating magical moments for people to cherish. I am a dog mom to a very loveable rescue, Maverick.

My beach stay in three words: Rest, Relaxation, Sunburn
I never go to the beach without: Sunscreen!
Favorite beach escape: Any place the sun is shining!

Shelby Pfeffer

Taylor Burdiss

I’m a lover of all things coffee, baking, reading, flowers, and all natural products! I enjoy spending time outside, drinking good coffee, and spending time with my friends and family.

My beach stay in three words: Soaking up sun.
I never go to the beach without: A bag full of books!
Favorite beach escape: Any beach!

Taylor Burdiss



Dana Washburn

I’m an Arkansas native with a great love for the outdoors. I love traveling to these beautiful destinations and enjoying God’s creation. My passion for helping others and being a part of some of your greatest memories is what I love most about my job.

My beach stay in three words: Unplug, Sun, Relax
I never go to the beach without: My Favorite Book, Sunglasses and My Best Beach Bag
Favorite beach escape: Los Cabos, Mexico – Secrets

Dana Washburn
Wedding Admin Specialist

Sarah Doretti

I am a California native who now calls Fayetteville home. I am obsessed with all things Disney and love to nerd out over Star Wars and Harry Potter (among many other fandoms). I love traveling with family and friends and am always looking forward to the next adventure!

My beach stay in three words: Sunglasses. Books. Seafood!
I never go to the beach without: Sunblock. The stronger the SPF the better!
Favorite beach escape: Hawaii!

Sarah Doretti
Wedding Specialist

Gerardo Yanez

I’m Gerardo, and I loooove helping people in any capacity I’m able. I love food, MMA, and working out. My friends are my life, and I’m super excited to start my BlueSun journey!

My beach stay in three words: Maxin’ and relaxin’
I never go to the beach without: A Friend
Favorite beach escape: Any beach will do!

Gerardo Yanez
Wedding Sales Specialist



Claire Ward

I am an Arkansas native, singer, writer, Old Navy connoisseur, and a lover of pizza and La Croix. Growing up I experienced beach-life with my family, which grew my nostalgia for appreciating the beauty of the beach. My favorite thing about traveling is capturing the small details of that destination to share its story through photography and words. I’m totally head-over-heels for my husband who loves being creative and helps me try to figure out how to cook.

My beach stay in three words: Drinking. Mango. Tangos.
I never go to the beach without: My Camera
Favorite beach escape: Secrets Akumal

Claire Ward
Wedding Marketing Coordinator

Holly Andrewscolorheadshot(40of51)

I was born in Ohio but Northwest Arkansas is my home! I love animals and have had the opportunity to provide a forever home to my five rescues — two dogs and three cats. I have an amazing family and I count my blessings every day! I love experiencing new places and new cultures, so my goal is to provide those experiences for our guests!

My beach stay in three words: Drinks. Music. Relaxation.
I never go to the beach without: Sunscreen
Favorite beach escape: Any beach will do!

Holly Andrews
Admin Assistant

Leah Browning

Arkansas native, I enjoy being outside as much as possible in the summer months. Easy to get along with and am a team player. I love getting to know new people and going on new adventures. I have several places on my bucket list to explore such as New Zealand, Hawaii, Europe, and many more!

My beach stay in three words: Relaxation, Beach Hair, Drinks
I never go to the beach without: Snacks and a cooler!
Favorite beach escape: Treasure Island and soon to be many more!

Leah Browning
Finance and Office Manager


Heather Richardscolorheadshot(3of51)

I’m a California girl turned hogwild in these here Arkansas hills, dreaming back to days of soaking up the sun and beach bumming.  Wife of a man who keeps me a kid at heart, and a mom of two.

My beach stay in three words: GTP (Gym, Tan, Play)
I never go to the beach without: Sunscreen (Hawaiian Tropic SPF 30). Gotta get my tan on — the safe way!
Favorite beach escape: Couples Swept Away

Heather Richards
Marketing Special Projects

Erin Brelsford

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been passionate about traveling and seeing the world. Whether I’m headed to the city, the beach or the mountains, something about getting to know people and places that are different from me and my everyday life gets me incredibly excited. Now, I’m lucky enough to work in a field that has let me turn my favorite thing about life into a career. Oh, and I have a husband and two dogs who I love more than anything.

My beach stay in three words: Swim. Up. Bar.
I never go to the beach without: Sunglasses
Favorite beach escape: Secrets The Vine

Erin Brelsford
Content Creator and Admin Assistant

We are all here to say — welcome to the family!

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  5. Nick forte Reply

    I read every single one . I think you guys are awesome . It’s cool to see everyone sum up their personality and outlook in a paragraph . I whole heartedly know I booked my wife and i’s first vacation with the right person . And right company Lindsey brown and his 90’s r&b haha . Hey but he’s a fellow motorcycle enthusiast. I did notice the majority stated they liked to travel to experience culture and adventure. I think that’s the idea that embodies us as Americans especially Millennials really people in general . But I really enjoyed this thankyou

    • bluesunvacay Reply


      Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you enjoy reading our content. Lindsey is an excellent and fun BeachMaster. We appreciate you as our guest! Looks like your trip is right around the corner 🙂 Have a fabulous time — watch the dolphins, take a romantic walk around the marina, & soak up some sun for us. (And speaking of Millennials), make sure to tag us on FB and Instagram @bluesunvacations

      Happy travels!

      The BlueSun Team

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