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.
Jose was superb at customer service! Always available, willing to hear all our concerns/needs and blended professionalism and relatability perfectly!
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 …
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…
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.
Jessica was very helpful and always available when I contacted. Great customer service and answered all our questions/doubts. Purchasing our first home was nice and smooth with all her support and follow up. Would highly recommend her.
My husband & I are very satisfied with William. He helped us so much. He is very informed and is willing to help. If we ever need your services, we will recommend him and anyone else who needs his services.
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…
After having no interest in our home for the 6 months we were with a different realtor, Ryan and Brian brought us a contract in 3 weeks after listing with them! We were impressed with Ryan’s “go get ’em” attitude and energy. Their marketing and concentration through social media got the job done for us. We couldn’t be happier! Thank you, Ryan and Brian Team!!
I had a great experience with the Ryan and Brian Team of Expert Advisors. Ryan’s expert advice made purchasing my first home a smooth and pleasant experience. He was always available to answer any questions that I had and was attentive to my needs. I would definitely recommend them.
I wouldn’t look any further for someone to represent you during this decision. Ryan and his team are true professionals that work well together to get your home sold for a competitive price! Our home sold in less than a month, for above asking. Beyond grateful for the dedication and effort in listing our home.