Realtor Joel Harris to Manage Vacation Rental Properties in Port Aransas and North Padre

Port Aransas, TX– March 23, 2023Grand Welcome, one the fastest-growing short-term vacation rental management franchises, announces its continued growth with the addition of new properties in Port Aransas, TX. New franchisee and Port Aransas native Joel Harris will serve as the property manager for vacation rentals in his hometown. The new locations raise the number of Grand Welcome locations throughout the country to 51.

“I am excited to share my passion for the coast of Port Aransas with our surrounding communities and guestsvisiting from outside the state,” said Harris. “I have lived all over the country, but Port Aransas continues to remain one of the most beautiful, family-friendly and fun destinations in the U.S.”

Born and raised in Austin, Harris spent his early career in education after earning a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Mississippi. After his time in education, Harris transitioned to the real estate industry and is now a licensed realtor.

Harris is active in the local community, serving as a board chair for Si Se Puede Schools, an organization that seeks to provide quality education for underserved communities. He’s also part of the UT Marine Science Center’s advisory board and a member on the Port Aransas ISD Facilities Committee. When Harris is not working, he enjoys surfing, skiing, writing, music, travel, and spending time with his wife and their five children.

Harris will benefit from Grand Welcome’s comprehensive training and support before, during and after opening. The strategic business model gives franchisees the systems, processes, technology, and unprecedented marketing support to expand, develop, and grow their vacation rental management franchise businesses.

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About Grand Welcome

Named one of Entrepreneur magazine’s Top New and Emerging Franchises of 2022, Grand Welcome has become one of the leading short-term rental property management businesses in the United States. Founded in 2009, the company is consistently growing the number of franchise locations, properties, and range of destinations it offers to valued and loyal customers.

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