When you bring together a team of highly experienced, like-minded hospitality and real estate professionals…good things happen.
Mike Alsko - President and Broker-in-Charge
A graduate of Cornell University’s famed Hotel School, Mike’s experience in the hospitality industry is more than a little impressive. His resume includes stints at world renowned properties including The Greenbrier Resort, The Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC, and The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, WI. Mike’s passion for unique luxury properties brought him to the Lowcountry in the early 2000's when he joined the team opening one of the southeast’s premier boutique hotels, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff. That move introduced Mike and his family to Hilton Head Island, and the rest is history.
Mike has served on the Town of Hilton Head Island’s Accommodation Tax Advisory Committee for 6 years (3 years as Chairman), and served on board of the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation for the past year. He and his wife of 20+ years, Gillian, along with their two children and a golden retriever full of energy, share a home on the island as well as a passion for travel, with favorite destinations including Spain, Maui, Tokyo, and the bottom of the Grand Canyon on a raft.
There’s a distinctly “family” feel at Coastal Home & Villa, and Gillian is a big part of that. A graduate of Rider University and a Jersey Girl through-and-through, Gillian has a long history working in the hospitality industry, including stints at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel, the Wyndham Milwaukee and Washington, DC’s esteemed Mayflower Hotel - where she met her future husband, Mike.
With a strong background in sales and service, and the experience of having raised two children, Gillian brings a highly personal approach to the business and provides a uniquely informed perspective to both our property owners and vacationing guests.
Talley is a rarity in the Hilton Head Island travel scene, a tried-and-true local (she moved here when she was 2 months old!) who has called the island home since the 1980s. As such, Talley knows more about this place than almost anyone else you’ll find here. She attended the University of South Carolina – go Gamecocks! She has a strong passion for both the island itself and for helping assure that guests discover everything this coastal paradise has to offer.
Talley’s experience in the hospitality industry runs deep. She has worked at every level – from Operations and Guest Services to Owner Relations and Sales. As such, Talley not only knows the ins and outs of the industry, but has a unique gift for exceeding guest expectations. For clients of Coastal Home and Villa, that’s all very good news.
Talley loves to travel with her husband Nate, with Caribbean destinations among their favorites. And if you’re looking for Talley in her off hours? Check the local pools. Her collection of fun inflatable floats is legendary, and includes everything from a giant pink flamingo to a unicorn!
Following his graduation from Miami University in Ohio, Brandon accepted a position to teach tennis at Hilton Head Island's highly-regarded Van Deer Meer Tennis Center. The plan was to instruct for 6 months and then head back to his native Cincinnati. 7 years later, Brandon finally traded in serving tennis balls for serving clients and started his career in property management here on Hilton Head. That was in 2011. Today, ask anyone in the Hilton Head Island real estate/vacation rental world to name one of the island’s top property managers and chances are they’ll start with Brandon.
“Squig” (a nickname his dad gave him as a kid and uses to this day) is one of those guys who understands what the word “service” means, and strives every day to raise that bar on behalf of Coastal Home and Villa property owners. He oversees our entire Owner Relations program, where his genuine interest in our homeowners’ well-being and hands-on approach to caring for their properties makes him an invaluable member of our team – and a key reason we’re quickly becoming the island’s premier luxury boutique vacation rental company.
When he isn’t walking properties, welcoming guests or brainstorming ways to improve a property’s performance, you can find Brandon at the gym. He loves working out almost as much as he loves working with our clients. He also enjoys getting out on the water when he can. And when he says “when I can” – he means when a friend with a boat asks him to join.
Rachel, a graduate of Syracuse University (GO ORANGE!), holds a degree in Hospitality Management. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA – Rachel found herself in the Lowcountry by way of a college summer internship on the Island (what is now the Omni Hotel). As she will tell you, she caught the HHI bug and after graduation & moved here full time in the summer of 2013. She started out her career with the Omni and then bounced over to the Marriott Vacation Club where she held various positions ranging from activities operations manager to front desk supervisor.
Rachel joined the Coastal Home and Villa Team in March 2019. Fun fact – she was the first addition to the team since we opened in 2017. It would be a lot easier to list what she doesn’t do in the office versus what she does do. She dabbles in everything from operations, guest relations, office projects, reservations, accounting, and everything in between.
Rachel has a strong love for the Lowcountry – met & married her husband (Yo-Yo Champion Tyler) right here on Hilton Head Island! Their dog, Jenny, is our office dog and is at the office quite a bit during the week keeping us all in line. In Rachel’s downtime, you can find her baking. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and is constantly bringing in homemade yummy treats for the office. She loves to travel anywhere with clear blue water and she is a huge sports fan (especially when it comes to the Steelers & Syracuse).
Born in St. Louis but raised in San Antonio, Texas…Texas is home for Tyler – GO SPURS! He moved to the Island right out of graduate school in 2010 (Texas Tech University). He was recruited by Marriott Vacation Club and Hilton Head Island has been home ever since. For eight years, Tyler worked at Marriott in many aspects from housekeeping manager to front office manager to the east region operations manager.
Tyler first joined the Coastal team seasonally in the summer of 2019 doing just about everything! He was such a rockstar that when we had the opportunity to hire him on full time - we did just that. That was January 2021 and we haven’t looked back since. Tyler’s main focus is Operations/Property Management. You’ll never see him slow down, he’s always on the move assisting owners and guests with anything and everything. What else would you expect from the 1998 Midwest Regional Yo-Yo Champion (true story!).
Homing in on the family environment at Coastal Home & Villa, Tyler is married to the beautiful Rachel Meyerkord. They share a dog, Jenny, & live just off the island in charming Bluffton, SC. In his free time, you’ll find him spending time with family (especially at the lake), riding bikes around town, playing basketball in the pool & traveling to new places.