|Stars of the Flying L|
Susan Jenkins: General Manager and Director of Sales
Susan is a Beaumont, Texas, native with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Her goals for the resort include maintaining the highest standards of guest services, and maintains a philosophy that highly values all Ranch employees. In her spare time, she enjoys snow skiing and traveling with her husband Jody and sons, Trey and Weston.
Buck Shannon: Entertainment Director
Buck grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He worked on ranches all over the Hill Country from the time he was ten. He was a farrier, or horseshoer, for 40 years, and after hanging up his chaps he grabbed a guitar and has been playing it at the Flying L Ranch ever since. Buck plans all your fun and lively entertainment here on the Ranch. He always has a song and a smile for you!
Tawni Solise: Head Wrangler
Tawni grew up in a small community in Alaska with horses but left after finishing school to move to warmer climate and better year-around riding weather. She traveled the states and was a barrel racing & team roping competitor in rodeos for many years. She now owns ranch property hidden in the hills of Bandera, raising horses & cattle with her husband. She chose to follow her heart keeping horses in her everyday life as a working cowgirl. For the past 17 years she has grown with the Flying L Ranch serving many of those years as the Head Wrangler overseeing the stables operation and over 50 head of beautiful horses and a crew of up to 8 cowboys and cowgirls. When not riding at the Flying L, she travels with the World Famous “Catalena Cowgirls” to rodeos & special events nationwide performing precision drills on big paint horses at breakneck speed displaying a patriotic flare of red, white & blue flags and fireworks!
Joni Peterson: Group Sales Coordinator
Joni began with the Flying L 10 years ago as our Country Line dance instructor. Young and old love kicking up their heels and boot scootin' across the dance floor under the stars at Ghost Town with Joni. When Joni is not kicking up her heels on the dance floor, you can find her coordinating all Groups and making sure all of their needs are met with that Texas friendly attitude... and smile!
Janet Mireles: Front Desk Manager
Janet has triple duty here at the Flying L with being the Front Desk Manager, Kid's Activities Director, and Water Park Director. She makes sure all is running smooth as guests check in or out, and that all of their needs are met. As Kid's Activities Manager she is very creative with all the activities provided for your children. She hopes they have the most fun possible while here at the Ranch.
Tina Houser: Food & Beverage Director
Tina Houser was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and raised in Pennsacola, Florida, and San Diego, California, where she lived many years before coming to Bandera, Texas. She always wanted to live in Texas... "where the cowgirls live"... as long as her Mom can remember. She finally made it here and has been working at the Flying L Guest Ranch since 2006. She has moved up the ranks at the Ranch, becoming the Food & Beverage Director at the beginning of 2012. Tina loves serving all our guests, and states that she has the most incredible staff in her departments... calling them all Star employees!
Randy Dayton: Director of Golf Operations
Randy grew up in New Jersey, but, as they say, he got to Texas as soon as he could. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy, he started his professional career as a Golf Course Superintendent in the Washington D.C. area. He moved to Houston in 1995 and managed several courses before coming to the Flying L Guest Ranch in 2006. In 2012, after working over six years improving the condition of the golf course, his responsibilities expanded to include managing the golf shop operation. Randy considers himself a “casual” golfer and enjoys motorcycling through the scenic Hill Country with his wife, Susie.
Jody Jenkins: Director of Timeshare Sales
Jody is our resident Nashville recording artist heading up the famous Jody Jenkins Band! He is married to our General Manager, Susan Jenkins. They have two boys, Trey and Weston. Jody is the Director of our Timeshare Sales, and helps the Flying L Guest Ranch look great by the remodeling and renovations he is doing while heading up the Maintenance Department. He is also our featured western entertainer at our Chuck Wagon Dinners at Ghost Town. Please check out his web site at www.jodyjenkins.com
Caral Fritzges: General Store Manager
Caral was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She and husband William worked for a big homebuilder repectively for 20 years. During that time they were transferred to Houston to help start up a new sales and architectural office for the company. On a week-end drive through the Hill Country they found Bandera and the rest is history. Caral joined the Flying L Guest Ranch team in 2005 to work in the General Store and has been there since! When not working Caral and her husband enjoy hiking their property to look for arrowheads and fossils.
Cherish Clements: Accounts Payable Manager
The first time Cherish and husband came to Texas was to visit family in Bandera. They were both “city folk” from Sandy, Utah, but fell in love with Texas and the Hill Country so they moved their family in 1999 to the “Cowboy Capital of the World”. Cherish joined the Flying L family in the Administrative Department in 2008 where she tackles many duties including the Accounts Payable Manager, Human Resources & Administrative Assistant… all responsibilities she really enjoys. Cherish is also kept very busy with her two sons and two daughters, mostly cheering them on at sporting, school, or church events with her husband. She says any time spent with her family is her greatest joy!
Violetta Burgert: Housekeeping Manager
Violetta have called the Ranch home since 2006. She manages the Housekeeping Department, overseeing her dedicated crew that makes sure you have a pleasant stay in your accommodations, and that the Ranch facilities shine! Violetta originates from Russia but loves her adopted Texas Hill Country. She loves gardening and plants of all kinds, and often works on landscaping the yard with her fiancé Martin, that also works on the Ranch. When not working and gardening she loves to travel and explore new places.
Martin Hagne: Group Sales and Marketing
Martin was born and raised in Sweden, and moved to the USA and South Texas in 1979. He has a long background in biology, natural history, and wildlife. He was the Executive Director of a non-profit nature center in the Rio Grande Valley for 13 years before moving to Bandera and joining the Flying L Guest Ranch in January 2013. Martin plays several roles at the Ranch, including Safety Coordinator, Group Sales and Marketing, and Web Master. He also is the “resident naturalist” on the Ranch, adding bird feeders and nature trails! He enjoys the natural side of the ranch, and shares that with his fiance' Violetta that also works on the ranch.
Andrea Anglin: Director of Owner Services
Andrea has lived in Texas almost all her life. She moved to Bandera in 1987, and is a proud graduate of Bandera High School. She then attended North West Vista College in San Antonio, Texas, followed by Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington. She married her high school sweetheart, and they have two boys. Andrea joined The Villas at Flying L in July 2008 as a receptionist, became a reservationists for Owner Services in 2009, and the Director of Owner Services in 2010, managing all owner accounts, reservations, travel requests, and contracts. Andrea’s goal is to insure the best vacation experience each time owners visit the Ranch! In her personal life her family is the most important thing to care for, and she also loves to run, paint and take photographs.
10 Years and Counting…
The Flying L Guest Ranch is proud of all our dedicated staff members! Some have worked here for quite some time, including some of the “Stars” featured above. The wonderful folks featured here have worked on the Ranch for 10 or more years!
Over 10 Years:
Joni Peterson --- Groups & Reservations
Annabelle “Cookie” Breshers --- Food & Beverage - Kitchen
Betty Welch --- Food & Beverage- Kitchen
Estella “Stella” Andrade --- Golf Maintenance – Grounds
Ignacio “Nacho” Medina --- Golf Maintenance
Billie McDonald --- Guest Services - Front Desk
Over 15 Years:
Tawni Solise --- Horseback Rides – Wranglers
Over 20 Years:
Victoria DeLeon --- Housekeeping
Thank You for all you do everyday!!