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 appreciated your help in marketing and getting our warehouse sold in the Rio Grande Valley. Everything both of you did was always done in a very professional manor from the beginning to the day of the closing. When I have another piece of real estate to sell, I will definitely let you guys list it for me.
Great Experience! Ryan’s communication throughout the process was consistent and reassuring.
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…
Ryan and his incredible team helped us sell our home extremely fast. The house went on the market on a Friday and we had an offer on the table by the next week! They were on top of everything from start to finish, and kept us in the loop throughout the entire process. We are truly blessed to have worked with such honest and trustworthy people that definitely had our best interest in mind.
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!!
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…
Realtor able to answer our questions and concerns quickly, even off hours and weekends. Realtor supplied us information on daily basis and was truthful and hones. Our house sold in 1 day and we greatly appreciate it.
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.
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.
Excellent, professional service. Ryan negotiated multiple offers and gained us an above offer selling price.