Ever wonder about the face behind the voice on the phone? Here at BlueSun Vacations we believe that when the voice on the other end becomes human, magic happens.

David S. Templedavid

I love to travel and I love to help others travel! I started in the industry a decade ago and have booked tens of thousands of travelers to all-inclusive beach resorts in the Caribbean & Mexico, which has always been my specialty.  I have traveled extensively throughout Mexico & the Caribbean and have been coast-to-coast plus everywhere in between domestically (and Hawaii).  People call me “Mr.Beaches.” I’m happily married to the best woman in the world, Kristin, who’s studying to be a counselor.

Favorite activities: traveling, cooking, reading non-fiction, photography, board games, and golf
My beach stay in three words: books, naps, food
I’d be crazy to hit the beach without: excessive amounts of reading material
Favorite beach escape: Riviera Maya, Mexico- Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso

David S. Temple
Head BeachMaster
800-797-4977 ext. 101
417-894-6595 (Mobile)


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 2.

Favorite activities: making memories with the fam and friends, traveling, vegetable gardening, all things fitness, and “hippie” food
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: Negril, Jamaica- Couples Swept Away

Heather Richards
Creative Director


Matt Brelsfordcolorheadshot(45of51)

Naturally, from growing up in Ocean City NJ, 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 my wetsuit for some chilly surfing. In 2005 I moved to Northwest Arkansas & officially became a “shoobie” (a tourist who visits the seashore for a day).

My beach stay in three words: everyday beach hair
I never go to the beach without: my board shorts
Favorite beach escape: Cancun, Mexico- Secrets the Vine

Matt Brelsford
Lead BeachMaster


Mary Eastmancolorheadshot(24of51)

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. It’s all so beautiful! 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 & friends!

My beach stay in three words: water, sun, seafood
I never go to the beach without: chap-stick, iPad, Perrier
Favorite beach escape: Isla Mujeres, Mexico- Zoetry Villa Rolandi

Mary Eastman

Jason Hamencolorheadshot(7of51)

Having grown up on the West Coast I know the waves well. I’ve been newly acquainted with the Caribbean and I’m impressed by its beauty.  Finding time away to enjoy company with loved ones and unplug from our busy world is a high priority in my life.  I want to help people make memories they randomly think of 6 months later and just start smiling.  That’s my biz. I am joyfully married to Rachel and have 3 amazing children: Hudson, Drew, and Lily.

My beach stay in three words: relax, swim, bodysurf
I never go to the beach without: the ambition to catch a wave
Favorite beach escape: Montego Bay, Jamaica- Secrets St. James

Jason Hamen

Jon Grossecolorheadshot(14of51)

I was born and raised in South Arkansas. At 17, I joined the military and for 5 years I traveled multiple continents. Now I love exploring, traveling and booking people to exotic and beautiful beach destinations! I like the beach and learning about other cultures. I have a beautiful daughter that I cannot wait to take on vacations to the Caribbean once she is a little older. I thoroughly enjoy helping people find exactly what they are looking for and helping them get on a memorable of a lifetime. I’d love help you with your next awesome beach getaway!

My beach stay in three words: relax, dance, drink
I never go to the beach without: books, music & sunglasses
Favorite beach escape: Riviera Maya, Mexico- Secrets Maroma

Jon Grosse


Roman JOhnston

I’m passionate about people. I believe in order to truly find yourself you must first get lost in others. That is, unconditionally surrender yourself to others so that you may truly understand them. I love travel and the opportunities it provides. I love working out and pushing myself. What’s best is combining the two. Nothing compares to running on the beach.

My beach stay in three words: long beach runs
I never go to the beach without: sunscreen
Favorite beach escape: Riviera Maya, Mexico- Secrets Akumal

Roman Johnston

Toby Wills
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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: Riviera Maya, Mexico- Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita

Toby Wills



Erin Leecolorheadshot(12of51)

Texan by birth, Aggie by education, and now an Arkansas resident of 5 years. I love to run, read, & garden but most of my time is dedicated to my favorite people: my husband and son!

My beach stay in three words: beach, book, food
I never go to the beach without: a great book
Favorite beach escape: Riviera Maya, Mexico- Valentin Imperial Maya

Erin Lee
Lead BeachKeeper


Claire Wardcolorheadshot(9of51)

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: A camera.
Favorite beach escape: Riviera Maya, Mexico- Secrets Akumal
Blog specialty: How to Instagram your Resort Aesthetic, Top Honeymoon Resorts, or Creating the Perfect Beach Playlist

Claire Ward


Erin Brelsfordcolorheadshot(49of51)

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been passionate about travelling 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: Cancun, Mexico – Secrets The Vine
Blog specialty: What to wear at the beach, How to Instagram your vacation, What to eat at an All Inclusive, How to bring the beach home with you

Erin Brelsford


Maggie Wellscolorheadshot(27of51)

Between having the free-spirit personality that I do and growing up in the southern state of Arkansas, it comes to no surprise that I’ve always had a love for travel – and this love has only grown with age. In addition, I truly enjoy interacting with people and exposing myself to a wide range of personalities, interests, beliefs, etc. The diversity of humans and areas of the world is what motivates me the most, which really ties into my heart for travel and exploring that.

My beach stay in three words: Serene. Relaxing. Tipsy
I never go to the beach without: A big hat
Favorite beach escape: Punta Cana, Caribbean – Secrets Cap Cana
Blog specialty: Best social media tips for capturing your trip

Maggie Wells


Dana Washburndana cropped

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, & my best beach bag
Favorite beach escape: Los Cabos, Mexico- Secrets
Blog specialty: excursions

Dana Washburn


Tommy Vichaivattanacolorheadshot(5of51)

I am a devoted family man, a foodie, and a jack of all hobbies. Adventures are exciting and thrilling.

My beach stay in three words: sleep, drink, food
I never go to the beach without: sunglasses
Favorite beach escape: Riviera Maya, Mexico- Secrets Akumal
Blog specialty: fishing expeditions

Tommy Vichaivattana



Amanda Shookcolorheadshot(47of51)

Arkansas native, world traveler, young soul, & adventurer. I’m passionate about people & learning about other cultures. I love to explore & push myself outside of my comfort zone by trying new things. Sports, hammocking, reading, traveling, & 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, & an appetite
Favorite beach escape: Riviera Maya, Mexico- Secrets Akumal
Blog specialty: entertainment & music

Amanda Shook



Shane Bensoncolorheadshot(21of51)

Born and raised in Arkansas. Lover of learning, beekeeping, part-time tinkerer, and trying something new. Husband of 2 years, and dad to a dog and a cat! I am passionate about meeting new people and learning about other cultures.

My beach stay in three words: hip hip hooray
I never go to the beach without: sunglasses, sunscreen, flip-flops, and a big-o-hat
Favorite beach escape: Riviera Maya, Mexico- Secrets Maroma
Blog specialty: bee keeping

Shane Benson


Maegan Washburncolorheadshot(32of51)

I really love school. I’m a lover of soccer and anything outside. I’m an adventure lover, and I’m passionate about people.

My beach stay in three words: beautiful, awesome, chill
I never go to the beach without: a book, & a nice cold beverage
Favorite beach escape: Riviera Maya, Mexico- Secrets Maroma
Blog specialty: sports

Maegan Washburn


Lindsey Browncolorheadshot(36of51)

I love people, tattoos and 90’s 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 too soon
I never go to the beach without: a good book
Favorite beach escape: Cancun, Mexico- Secrets The Vine
Blog specialty: entertainment

Lindsey Brown

Chelsea Copecolorheadshot(28of51)

I’m a born and raised Arkansan who thrives on experiencing new places, meeting new people, and building new relationships. I love being able to create connections with others and help meet their needs. Lover of crafts, reading, the outdoors, and spending time with my little goldendoodle, Atlus!

My beach stay in three words: experience, relax, enjoy
I never go to the beach without: books
Favorite beach escape: Cancun, Mexico
Blog specialty: resorts

Chelsea Cope


Ben Richardscolorheadshot(34of51)

I am an explorer at heart, and I love taking others along for the adventure. I have grown up in the Ozarks though work and wanderlust have taken me around the world. I am learning that despite diversity we are all very similar. My wife is lovely and I live to make the world better for my two 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
Blog specialty: Resort Activities

Ben Richards

Justin Robertsonjustin cropped

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: Riviera Maya, Mexico – Secrets Akumal
Blog specialty: Perfect Trees to Lean Against and Read a Book

Justin Robertson


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 5 rescues, 2 dogs and 3 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!
Blog specialty: Beverages

Holly Andrews


Joe Haak

I am an Arkansas native with a constant itch to see the world. You could find me at a music festival, sporting event, or camping in the woods when I’m not trying to see what the world has to offer.

My beach stay in three words: sun, beer, relaxation
I never go to the beach without: Sunscreen
Favorite beach escape: St. Maarten
Blog specialty: Relaxation

Joe Haak


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 Blue Sun journey!

My beach stay in three words: Maxin’ and relaxin’
I never go to the beach without: A friend or loved one to enjoy it with
Favorite beach escape: Any beach will do!
Blog specialty: How to get yourself beach ready for your amazing all inclusive beach getaway!

Gerardo Yanez


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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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