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.
Jessica Ocaña, Transaction Coordinator
Jessica was born in McAllen, Texas and raised in Pharr. After graduating from high school she had 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 quickly realized she was gifted at helping on the back end of transactions and getting the files from under contract to closed.
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!
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.
Excellent, professional service. Ryan negotiated multiple offers and gained us an above offer selling price.
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…
We had used two other real estate companies and they could not sell our home. I was disappointed and frustrated with the agents and the promises they couldn’t keep. Two years went by and they could not sale our home. We received a flyer in the mail from the Ryan & Brian Real Estate Team and thought we would give them a try. I couldn’t believe it Ryan Peterson sold our home in 45 days. Not only was Ryan Peterson kind and patient with me but he also understood what we had been through. I’m really…
Excellent customer service. Kathleen was available all the time. Made the process really easy since the beginning. Gave us a lot of options.
I was lucky enough to work with Kathleen Mena she was amazing. The entire team is great. They want you to get your dream home and will answer all your questions even at 10pm on a Saturday. I love my house and thank you for all the hard work you did.
We were eager to move and was able to get the property under contract in 2 months! We were able to work with a professional stager for our home and loved the input on our property. I have even been telling my friends about the great work the Ryan and Brian Team did for us!
The Ryan and Brian Team was able to get my property under contract in 10 days! They were fantastic and worked with my busy schedule making the process smooth!
We are extremely satisfied with the Ryan & Brian Team. The effort and determination of the team to work around our busy schedules in conjunction to their own, their friendliness and candid professional approach. It was a great experience, sharing in this dream and goal came true!
The most professional, reliable and cutting edge real estate team you’ll find in the RGV. I had a wonderful experience purchasing our family vacation home with the support and guidance of the R&B team. I recently had to replace a major appliance that was covered under the home warranty plan that Brian negotiated in our purchase contract. This would have been a significant expense for us has it not been for his guidance and expertise. Thank you
Great Experience! Ryan’s communication throughout the process was consistent and reassuring.