Meet Our Team
THE RYAN AND BRIAN TEAM OF EXPERT ADVISORS
Ryan, a McAllen native, spent most of his life in Mission and graduated from Sharyland High School. After graduation he attended Schreiner College in Kerrville, Texas, before transferring to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice. On a visit home, Ryan realized the significant growth in the RGV and the opportunities real estate investments had to offer. With an entrepreneurial spirit, he pursued a career in real estate. In 2006, Ryan partnered with long time friend, Brian Reed, the two now continue to excel in real estate with The Ryan & Brian Real Estate Team.
Outside of the office, Ryan enjoys spending his time with his beautiful wife, Julie and their young son, Calvin.
Brian Reed, CEO and Broker
Brian was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. After graduating from Sharyland High, he attended Texas A&M pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science. Soon after graduating, he was hired by a division of American Express Financial Advisors as a financial analyst. This provided Brian with extensive knowledge of the securities market; however, he soon learned of the investment potential of real estate and decided to pursue a career. After acquiring his REALTOR license, Brian partnered with long time friend, Ryan Peterson. Today, The Ryan & Brian Team of Expert Advisors continues to grow every year as they provide their clients a unique experience and are committed to providing their clients with unparalleled service.
Brian is happily married to his beautiful wife, Tania, who together have two daughters, Alana and Rachel. In his free time, Brian enjoys spending time with the family outdoors, fishing, hunting, and doing carpentry.
Tania was born in McAllen, Texas and raised in Reynosa Tamps, Mexico, which allowed her to experience and embrace the distinct cultures of both countries and to grasp the unique mix both provide the Rio Grande Valley. Tania graduated from La Universidad Valle del Bravo, where she attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. Tania has well rounded and diverse work experience, mostly in customer care and marketing. She has always had a passion for people and a gift of salesmanship.
Tania serves the critical role of Client Experience Manager for The Ryan & Brian Team of Expert Advisors, and she is known for providing a level of superior client service. She is aware that purchasing a house can be one of the largest financial investments most people will make in their lifetime. Ensuring a client’s needs are met are not the only important thing to Tania. She understands that a satisfactory experience is more complexed and involves being available, understanding, and flexible and creating a partnership with each client. That is why she makes personal relationships the highest priority. Her goal and desire is to provide clients a first class, memorable experience.
Tania married Brian Reed in 2005, and they have two beautiful daughters, Alana and Rachel Grace, that keep their lives busy and fulfilled. Tania also has a passion for teaching dance and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle for her family
Cynthia Saenz, Buyers Experience Manager
Cynthia was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and attended South Texas College & The University of Pan American working towards a bachelors degree after graduating from Mission High School. After years of being a domestic engineer Cynthia decided to re-join the workforce and was hired as an Administrative Assistant for The Ryan and Brian Team of Expert Advisors. While working with clients it brought back the passion from her childhood, when her father worked with a development company for many years. This passion definitely played a huge role in her choice in obtaining her Real Estate License. Now, as she serves in the role as Client Experience Manager, her goal is to not only help families find a house, but a home to build as their own.
She is the mother to 2 beautiful daughters, Makaelah & Myah, and son, Mateo, that keep her on her toes on a daily basis. In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys working out and spending time with her family.
Abigail Alaniz, Marketing Coordinator
Abby was born in McAllen, Texas and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. Abby graduated from the University of Texas Pan-American, where she attained a Bachelors in Fine Arts Degree concentration in Graphic Design. Abby has well rounded and diverse work experience in marketing and graphic design. As the marketing coordinator for the Ryan & Brian Real Estate Team, she finds great pleasure in making sure your property is well marketed and highly visivble. She does not sit back and hope your property gets attention, she goes out and shines a light on it!
In her free time, Abby enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, going to culinary school, and serves on the Leadership McAllen Executive Board
Frank D. Velasco, Admin/Home Buying Advisor
Frank was born in McAllen, raised in Mission and graduated from McAllen ISD. As the youngest member of the Ryan & Brian, Frank began working in real estate at the age of 16. Frank has grown over the years to attaining his real estate liscence, working with different brokers around the Valley, and is always looking to learn something new. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from UTRGV and plans to implement everything he learns from the classroom to the real world and vice-versa. As the Administrator for the Ryan & Brian Team, Frank enjoys keeping customer’s files organized and allowing for a smooth process.
In his free time Frank enjoys keeping up with current events, and spending time with his family and friends.
Kathleen Mena, Home Buying & Selling Advisor
Born in McAllen, TX and having grown up in the Rio Grande Valley, Kathleen has had the opportunity to witness first-hand the transformation of her small home town into one of the fastest growing cities in America. She loves watching new businesses being created by local entrepreneurs, creating jobs for the community and bringing a new taste of innovative ideas to the RGV.
Whether she is working with families who are relocating to the RGV or families who are born & raised here, Kathleen feels it has been one of the greatest blessings to use her experience to guide them through the home purchase process, negotiate the best deal possible and hand them keys to their new home!
Jessica Marroquin, Home Buying Advisor
Jessica was born, and raised in Harlingen Tx. after graduating from Harlingen High she attend TSTC where she studied Business Management. She was intrigued with the thought of helping people make one of life’s biggest decisions. As a Buyers Specialist she takes pride in helping, and dedicating her time to help families find a place they can call Home!
Magali Ortega, Home Buying Advisor
Magali was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. After graduating with honors from Lyford High School, she attended The University of Texas at Brownsville where she studied Psychology and History. Soon after she was hired as an Assistant Manager for a retail clothing store, her passion to help people grew. Her joy continues to be working in a position that enables her to use her skills, expand her knowledge, and assist others. It made her happy to help people find their perfect outfit and seeing how confident and great they felt. That’s when real estate really started to pique her interest. She knew it was the time to make the move. Can you imagine how she feels now when she helps people find their perfect home? It was worth every hour of extensive training it took.
For quiet time she enjoys documentaries and visiting museums.
Anthony Longoria, Home Buying Advisor
Anthony has been working in real estate since 2011. His clients will tell you that his hard work and dedication shine through. He has experience in residential, commercial, foreclosures, tax sales, and investment properties. He is a member of the Greater McAllen Association of Realtors, Texas Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. With strong family roots in the RGV, he has many ties to the local community.
Anthony is married to Jennifer with three beautiful children. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing and cooking. Please give him a call for your home buying needs.
Pedro Salazar, Admin/Home Buying Advisor
Pedro, aka Pete, was born, and raised in McAllen, TX. After graduating from Nikki Rowe High School he attend UTPA where he studied Political Science with a minor in Business Management. At the age of 17, he began working with a national corporation, Cutco Cutlery and was promoted countless time sduring his tenure with them. After being with this for almost 9 years, Pete decided he wanted to find a more fulfilling career where he could make a bigger impact in the community. After seeking advice from mentors, he realized the best way to help people is by facilitating the home buying process and helping them find their dream home.
In his free time, Pete enjoys spending time with his family and friends, whether it is at home lighting up the BBQ pit, or simply watching tv shows and movies. He enjoys working out, staying active, as well as traveling. Pete is extremely passionate about helping young individuals find their passion and their pursuit of happiness, through several non-profits locally and nationally.
The Ryan and Brian Team was a great experience! It was smooth and quick. We were able to CLOSE on my property in 25 days!
Listen I started shopping for an investment property in the McAllen area around 2007. I was looking up properties and as soon as I mentioned to the agents I contacted I was from Massachusetts every one of them got me off the phone quick. Too much work for them to work with me!! Then I contacted this guy who finds out I am from MA and asks me what I am interested in takes my address. At the time he had no Idea I was serious about buying and he got right to work! That was Brian! He sent me pics o…
Our realtor, Jessica, was amazing she definitely made the whole process smooth. We are totally grateful for all her help.
They were very professional and they knew what was going on and what to do. They talked to me every time I called. If I needed to talk to Ryan instead of his assistant, he called me as soon as he could. They know the market. I wish I could have gotten more for my house – but I might have kept if for a year had they not known the right price to ask. I really do feel like they’re very experienced in the valley with what’s going on and what sells and how to sell it. This thing went really fas…
Pretty easy process. It did take a little longer, 8 months, but team kept in constant contact and worked hard to sell home. Ryan went above and beyond to make sure the home was sold by coming by the house to make sure it was alright. Letting them know what could be done to make it seller better, coordinated with a couple of contractors to make sure they were doing their job as well.
We had a great experience with the Ryan and Brian team, we sold our home with them and also purchased a home with them. The selling process was easy, Ryan gave us the best advice regarding the sales price, and how to market our home and we were able to go into contract within 2 weeks of being on the market! The buying process was so stress free thanks to all of Cynthia’s help, she was there for us with any little thing we needed and it was so great having her help us. We are beyond pleased and …
Agent went out of her way to meet them outside of normal business hours and even at a Starbuck and willing to work around the buyers, making them feel really comfortable. After viewing a few homes, the agent had an idea of what they wanted and before their home was on the market, she had Robert and Maricruz in the home and ready to make an offer in a few short days.
In Mexico last spring, we went USA house hunting via the internet. What we perceive as divine guidance led us to the competent team of Ryan & Brian. From the onset, we were impressed with their amiability, expertise and attention to detail. Their professional and reliable assistance assured us that we were in good hands. Not only did they find us the home of our retirement dreams in record time, but they provided invaluable personal insight on local business establishments, shopping areas, ch…
I highly recommend Ryan & Brian to help you sell your home! Within two weeks of putting up the sign, the house was under contract. They went out of their way to get a lender for the buyer and to take care of some details with boundaries that we had not anticipated. They always responded to my calls and concerns very promptly. The closing was so smooth! I would never know how to do all this on my own. Thank you to everyone on the Ryan & Brian time, including Kelli, always nice to deal with on the…
I came across them because I saw that they were highly recommended and had the largest volume of buying and selling in the Rio Grande Valley. After I made an inquiry about them, Ryan made an appointment and came over. He spent an afternoon with me looking at the house, telling me their process and came up with priorities and goals so we were all on the same page. After that, they had their team come and take pictures, turned it around and had it on the market really quick. Ryan went above and…