Meet Our Team
THE RYAN & BRIAN REAL ESTATE TEAM
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 children, Calvin and Avery.
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, Home Buying Advisor
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.
Jessica Ocaña, Transaction Coordinator
Jessica was born in McAllen, Texas and raised in Pharr. After graduating from high school she had an interest in the medical field. She graduated as a medical assistant and worked at a doctors office and hospital for many years. After marriage and the start of a family, Jessica realized the medical field was not her passion; however, she still had a desire to help people. She decided real estate was a great avenue to serve others in achieving their home selling and buying needs. She decided real estate was a great avenue to serve others in achieving their home selling and buying needs. She quickly realized she was gifted at helping on the back end of transactions and getting the files from under contract to closed.
Michelle Gonzalez, Administrative Assitant
Kathleen Mena, Home 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!
Frank D. Velasco, Home Buying Advisor
Frank was born in McAllen, raised in Mission and graduated from McAllen ISD. As the youngest member of the Ryan & Brian Team, 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.
Diego Fernandez, Home Buying Advisor
Diego has been working in real estate since 2014. He was managing commercial and residential construction projects in the past. He enjoys everything real estate and saw his calling in helping people find their forever homes on the buying side of real estate. He works tirelessly to get the absolute best deals for his clients and always leaves a transaction better than he found it. He prides himself on bringing great positive energy to every person he meets. With strong family roots in the RGV, he has many ties to the local real estate industry.
Alex Villabona, Home Buying Advisor
Alex was born in Austin and grew up in College Station, Texas. He moved to Boston to study literature, history and religion at Hellenic College. He worked as the senior editor for Eastern University’s Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture, and has management experience having been the manager of several doctors’ offices in College Station. Alex worked in the real estate industry as an appraisal associate on the Pennsylvania Main Line before becoming a REALTOR and joining The Ryan & Brian Real estate Team.
Alex is glad to be back in his native state and working with clients looking for homes, land, or residential investment property. Alex’s priority is creating happy clients. He understands that quality service begins by building relationships and recognizing buyers’ individual needs. Alex strives to ensure that home buying is a process that’s exciting, easy and most importantly, worry-free for his clients.
I found the R&B Team to be very responsive to my needs and were diligent in communicating with me in a timely manner. They have a well-rounded team of experts that guided me every step of the way. Having had three previous agents, the R&B Team stood head and shoulders above the competition. The house was shown more times than with the others all combined.
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 …
We sold the house in about 10 days from the time we first listed to when we had an offer. The whole process working with Ryan and Brian’s team was very smooth. We did have some unexpected complications the first day we were going to be showing on – we were surprised to get up in the morning and find that we had a bee hive that had just showed up on the side of the house. It was massive. The Ryan and Brian Team worked well with us to get the showings either cancelled or rescheduled. It all wo…
The team was great in that there was one person in charge of each aspect of the. The team was quick with scheduling and getting my home sold. And, great with texting because you can’t always answer and they were texting between agents getting the showing. We are so happy we didn’t have to have 100 showings but had the home shown and under contract before the first day was up. I’d give them 10 out of 10 rating!
Excellent service and great expertise in every step of the real estate selling process. Their marketing efforts exceeded my expectation, I had 8 showings the first day my home was on the market! And my home sold in a lot quicker time frame than I anticipated!
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…
My home was listed for 380 days with another agent and we were not able to get it sold. My wife and I decided to give it one last try with another real estate office. We are so happy we did! The Ryan and Brian Team got our house under contract and sold in SIX DAYS!!!
As first time home buyers, Ryan Peterson was patient enough to show my wife and I a wide variety of houses and guide us in purchasing the best home for us. It’s been over two years since we bought our first house, and we continue to love our home more and more each day. Brian Reed continues to give me advice on how to properly upgrade our house and lawn to get the best return on our investment. Thanks again to the Ryan & Brian Team.
Our agent, Kathleen, made us feel like friends and we could tell she truly cared about this life changing experience. She made the purchasing of our home easy, booking the viewing of the homes to our convenience. For anybody looking into purchasing a home, these guys know what they are doing.
Special thanks to Kathleen for being my real estate agent. Kathleen helped immensely through her professional work ethics.